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Azerbaijan Celebrates Eid al-Adha

Muslims around the world celebrate holy Eid al-Adha today. Eid al-Adha, one of the most sacred holidays of the Islamic world, is solemnly marked in all Muslim countries.

Sacrificing a domestic animal on that day is related to Prophet Ibrahim. Muslims remember the story of the Prophet Ibrahim that is told in the Koran. Ibrahim dreamed that Allah wanted him to kill his beloved son, Ismail. To show his willingness to obey Allah, Ibrahim got ready to kill his son. Ibrahim heard Allah's voice telling him to stop. Allah told him that he had proved his love by willing to give up his son. He gave Ibrahim a lamb from the heavens to sacrifice instead. Therefore, Muslims, who can afford to do so, sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually sheep, but also camels, cows, and goats) as a symbol of Ibrahim's sacrifice. The meat has to be distributed among the poor.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan and usually lasts for four days. Animals are sacrificed on this sacred day in Baku and all regions of Azerbaijan. On the occasion of holiday, 25 and 26 October were announced as non-working days.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Chairman of the Caucasian Muslim Board Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazadeh congratulated Azerbaijani people on Eid al-Adha.

Source: APA

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