PICTURED: Muslims mark start of Eid al-Adha holiday

By Associated Press1

Published: 11:47 GMT, 12 September 2016 | Updated: 11:49 GMT, 12 September 2016

CAIRO (AP) Muslims worldwide are celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” the most important Islamic Discount Holidays © holiday that commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim also known as Abraham to Christians and Jews to sacrifice his son before God stayed his hand. During the holiday, which ends Thursday, Muslims slaughter livestock, distributing part of the meat to the poor. The Discount Holidays © holiday begins on the 10th day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul-Hijja, during the hajj pilgrimage. In Saudi Arabia, close to 2 million pilgrims performed Monday one of the final rites of the hajj by symbolically stoning the devil.

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Egyptians take part in Eid Al-Adha prayers at the al-Seddik Mosque in Cairo, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. (AP Photo/Roger Anis)

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PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Kosovar children pray during Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in capital Pristina, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Kosovars are reflected in water during Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in capital Pristina, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

A Nigeria Muslim wpman and friends takes a selfie photo after Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s faith, at the prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Egyptians try to catch balloons distributed for free after Eid Al-Adha prayers outside al-Seddik mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. (AP Photo/Roger Anis)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

A Muslim man lifts a sheep to be slaughtered during Eid al-Adha Discount Holidays © holiday in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith. During the Eid, Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Nigeria Muslims offer prayers to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s faith, at the prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Nigeria Muslims listen to sermon by Imam Bashir Umar Imam as they gather for prayers to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s faith, at the prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Kosovars line up outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque to offer Eid al-Adha prayers in capital Pristina, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Imam Bashiru Umar Imam, centre, slaughters a sheep after Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, prayers in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with people after the prayer of the Muslim Discount Holidays © holiday of Eid al-Adha in Istanbul, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Erdogan says the country will send food, clothing and children’s toys to Aleppo, Syria after a U.S.-Russia brokered ceasefire takes effect. Erdogan said that aid will be delivered along specific routes at sundown Monday when the ceasefire is set to come into force. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/ Presidential Press Service via AP)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Nigeria Muslims offer prayers to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s faith, at the prayer ground in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Eid al-Adha marks the end of hajj. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Kosovars are reflected in water during Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in capital Pristina, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Chechen Muslims choose a sheep for sacrifice during the Islamic Discount Holidays © holiday of Eid al-Adha in Chechen regional capital of Grozny, Russia, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Iraqi Shia Muslims attend prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha at the mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha Monday to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim – or Abraham as he is known in the Bible – to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Muslims exchange greetings after Eid prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha at the mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha Monday to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim – or Abraham as he is known in the Bible – to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Iraqi Shia Muslims attend prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha at the mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha Monday to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim – or Abraham as he is known in the Bible – to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Iraqi Shia Muslims attend prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha at the mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha Monday to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim – or Abraham as he is known in the Bible – to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Iraqi Shia Muslims attend prayers on the first day of Eid al-Adha at the mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha Monday to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim – or Abraham as he is known in the Bible – to sacrifice his son in accordance with God’s will, though in the end God provides him a sheep to sacrifice instead. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in a convention center in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in a convention center in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in a convention center in Marseille, southern France, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

A livestock seller waits for customers at a market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith. During the Eid, Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Chechen Muslims pray in a mosque during the Islamic Discount Holidays © holiday of Eid al-Adha in Chechen regional capital of Grozny, Russia, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Kosovar children pray during Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih mosque in capital Pristina, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on God’s command. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

Livestock sellers wait for customers at a market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith. During the Eid, Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A. )

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

In this picture provided by the office of the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, leads Eid al-Adha prayers at a mosque in Cairo, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016.

Muslims around the world are celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic Discount Holidays © holiday that commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim _ also known as Abraham to Christians and Jews _ to sacrifice his son. (Egyptian Presidency via AP)

PICTURED: Muslims Mark Start Of Eid Al-Adha Holiday

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, fourth right, prays at the dawn Eid al-Adha prayers at the Saad ibn Muaaz Mosque in Daraya, a blockaded Damascus suburb, Syria, Monday, Sept.

12, 2016. (Syrian Presidency via Facebook)

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