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Muslims Celebrate Their Feast Of Sacrifice

Bargain-Hunting For Goats And Cows In Peshawari
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October 25, 2012
Muslims are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the religious festival that coincides with the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage on October 26. The holiday is observed with the sacrifice of a goat, sheep, or cow -- if one can afford it. RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal reports that hard bargaining is taking place at animal markets in Peshawar, Pakistan, where the price of livestock regularly spikes before Eid, but also depends on the supply and demand in neighboring Afghanistan.

WATCH: Bargain-hunting for Eid al-Adha goats and cows In Peshawar

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October 26 marks the annual Islamic Eid al-Adha festival, which is also known as the "Feast of Sacrifice" in English.

Over the course of this holiday period, Muslims across the globe have been slaughtering their best halal animals as a symbolic homage to the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his first son as an act of supplication to God. (Like the Christian telling of this tale, God thankfully intervened at the last moment and provided Ibrahim with a ram to kill instead).

According to some estimates, as many as 100 million animals will be slaughtered across the Muslim world during Eid.

As is traditional practice, a significant portion of the meat from these beasts will be distributed to the poor and needy.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eid al-Adha -- the Muslim "Feast of Sacrifice"
  • Sheep are corralled for sacrifice near Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Kazakhs prepare for the ritual killing of a sheep during the "Feast of Sacrifice."
  • A busy Eid livestock market on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan.
  • An Afghan vendor holds his goat as he waits for customers at a livestock market ahead of Eid al-Adha in Ghazni province.
  • A camel that has been purchased by a customer for Eid al-Adha is hoisted onto a vehicle at a market near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
  • Pakistani men walk with camels they hope to sell at an Eid al-Adha market on the outskirts of Faisalabad.
  • A Pakistani livestock trader stands with his cows as he waits for customers in Quetta ahead of Eid al-Adha. 
  • A Syrian man with a sheep at a market set-up on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo.
  • People at a market in Diyala, Iraq, look to buy sacrificial animals for the Eid festival. 
  • A sacrificial Eid al-Adha ram is slaughtered outside Marjani mosque in Kazan, Russia. 
  • A member of local Muslim community skins a sheep after it was sacrificed during the celebrations of Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bairam) in the Belarus city of Hrodno, some 300 km from Minsk.
  • Sacrifice on Eid al-Adha day in the mosque of Tazapir center of Baku, Azerbaijan.
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by: ahmed.. from: wells
October 25, 2012 15:50
Good to know that jurnalists do some research before publishing a article....NOT.. News for you people.. Eid is on the 27th ... Friday. Eid also lasts for 3 days.
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by: Anonymous
October 26, 2012 03:36
Friday is the 26th.....
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by: Jake from: Wisconsin
October 27, 2012 02:00
Besides the "Friday the 27th" error, this is also relevant. The article is specifically about the Balkans but applies elsewhere.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/balkan-muslims-celebrate-eid-on-different-days

by: climp jones from: mekka
October 25, 2012 17:51
prepare for violence

by: Jack from: US
October 25, 2012 23:24
last time people in the West were engaged in sacrifice as part of religious cult was like 2 thousand years ago. This is the distance between modern civilization and Islam.
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by: Russian from: Truth
October 28, 2012 13:46
During WWII Chechens and Ingush were recalled from frontlines and put into concentration camps in 1944 so they can't be accused of the crimes:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1080493/Stalins-army-rapists-The-brutal-war-crime-Russia-Germany-tried-ignore.html

by: Anonymous
October 26, 2012 03:56
someone call peta

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