Muslims celebrate Eid al-Azha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites

United News of Bangladesh . Mina | Published at 12:27pm on August 21, 2018

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Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 20, 2018. — Reuters photo

Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Azha as over two million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims walked to a complex in Mina on Tuesday to throw pebbles at three columns. Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God’s will there.

Muslims believe Ibrahim’s faith was tested when God commanded him to sacrifice his only son Ismail. God stayed his hand, sparing his son.

In the Christian and Jewish version of the story, Abraham is ordered to kill his other son, Isaac.

The final days of hajj coincide with the Eid al-Adha holiday, or ‘Feast of Sacrifice,’ to commemorate Ibrahim’s test of faith. Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.