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Local Muslims celebrate Eid, 'festival of sacrifice,' Tuesday

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG
Eid al-Adha often called the Festival of Sacrifice or Greater Eid, is the Islamic religious holiday that occurs at the end of 
the annual pilgrimage in Mecca(Located in Saudia Arabia) called Hajj. This Eid is a three day celebration.Ê On the first morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world attend 
morning prayer at their local mosques. 
Hanifah Dodani, left, Zohal Housini, middle, and Zeyynub Shaikh reading prayer before the morning prayer began, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 morning at the Merced College Tri-Center room TC1.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG Eid al-Adha often called the Festival of Sacrifice or Greater Eid, is the Islamic religious holiday that occurs at the end of the annual pilgrimage in Mecca(Located in Saudia Arabia) called Hajj. This Eid is a three day celebration.Ê On the first morning of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world attend morning prayer at their local mosques. Hanifah Dodani, left, Zohal Housini, middle, and Zeyynub Shaikh reading prayer before the morning prayer began, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 morning at the Merced College Tri-Center room TC1. Merced Sun-Star

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

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