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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha

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Muslim worshipers around the world are gathering at mosques for dawn prayers to mark the beginning of the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday.

Eid al-Adha - the Feast of Sacrifice - marks the end of hajj, an annual pilgrimage undertaken by some 1.5 million Muslims this year in Saudi Arabia.

The holiday commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son Ismael.

Muslims believe that the very moment Ibrahim raised the knife, God told him to stop, that he had passed the test, and to replace Ismael with a sacrificial ram.