Muslims observe Eid al-Adha

Displaced families in the Philippines prepare food after attending a prayer service to celebrate Eid al Adha in August 2018

The auspicious occasion of Bakr-Id or Eid al-Adha is being celebrated today.

Murabbi Ibrahim Annan who led the Eid prayers said Muslims should not see the slaughtering of the sacrificial lambs as formalities, but should rather be aware of the fact that the sacrifice was a practical demonstration of both a religious and moral obligation.

Eid al Adha is a festival commemorating Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son to obey Allah or God's command. After Edi-al-Fitr, which arrives in the holy month of Ramzan, this is the second most important Islamic holiday.

Here is a selection of pictures of celebrations from around the world on Monday.

It is based on the story in the Quran of God appearing to Ibrahim - also known as Abraham - in a dream and commanding him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience.

The animal is the divided into three parts - one portion is given to the poor and needy, another is kept by the family and the third is given to relatives.

The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the well-being of the Ummah and progress, prosperity, safety and security of the country.

In the capital Addis Ababa, hundreds of thousands of Muslims turned out for the Eid prayer in and around the city's old stadium which is located in the capital downtown.

"A lot of the families here don't have any extended family members to celebrate with." says Al-Shuarfa, "We have a lot of friends, it's a well-knitted community, and as friends we are family to each other". "Eid Mubarak!" he tweeted.

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Saudi Arabia said 1.85 million pilgrims from more than 160 different countries travelled to the kingdom for the hajj this year.

The festival of Eid al Adha is a time for visiting friends and family, as well as exchanging gifts. He doesn't mince words when it comes to Eid Al-Adha, he waits in anticipation of it every year.

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