Muslims in Merced celebrated Eid-ul-Adha, or “festival of sacrifice,” Tuesday morning.
About 80 people performed prayers at Merced College, according to Asadullah Choudhry, a programmer at UC Merced.
In Islam, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. When he was about to kill his son, a ram was placed in Ishmael’s place.
“This is Eid-ul-Adha after Hajj when everyone goes on their pilgrimage, and you have Eid after the day of Hajj,” he said, adding the significance of the festival was “when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son.”
The Hajj is a compulsory pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina for Muslims. The festival marks the end of the journey. -Sun-Star staff