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Millions of Muslims around the world observed Eid al-Adha, one of Islam's most poignant religious holidays.
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Millions of Muslims around the world observed Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, on Tuesday, one of Islam's most poignant religious holidays.

The holiday marks what Muslims believe is Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his own son as an act of obedience to God.

At the last minute, they believe, God intervened, and gave Ibrahim a ram to sacrifice instead.

In Turkey, tens of thousands of Syrians taking shelter at the Kilis refugee camp woke at dawn to take part in the traditional morning Eid prayers.

In Kilis town proper, goats, lambs and rams were prepared for sacrifice in an event organised by Turkey's Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Traditionally, Muslims sacrifice an animal at Eid and share the meat with their families, neighbours, and people less fortunate than themselves.

Syrian refugee families were also among those fed this year.

In East Africa, hundreds of Kenyan Muslims gathered for early morning prayers in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

After the recent attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall by al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab, that saw more than 60 people killed and over 100 injured, peaceful relations between the Muslim and Christian communities in Kenya looked strained.

However, Muslim worshippers are still condemning the attack and are thankful to Kenyans, Muslims and non-Muslims, for maintaining peace and coming together to help one another in the nations hour of need. - AP


/AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

Afghan refugee girls dressed in new clothes, celebrate the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.



/AP

An Afghan girl tends to her sheep at a livestock market in the centre of Kabul, set up for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage.



/AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

A Pakistani boy stands next to his two goats that he is hoping to sell at a livestock market for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.



/Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Indian Muslims offer Eid prayers at the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in New Delhi.



/AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena
A Sri Lankan Muslim girl watches as others pray during Eid al-Adha in Puttalam, Sri Lanka.


/AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

Iraqi Shia Muslim women attend Eid al-Adha prayers in Baghdad, Iraq.



/AP Photo/Manu Brabo
Egyptian woman prays while holding her daughter on a street next to the Sayyida Zeinab mosque on the first day of Eid al-Ahda in Cairo, Egypt.


/Yazan Homsy/Reuters

Men perform a folk sword dance as people watch on the first day of Eid in the besieged Syrian area of Homs.



/Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Volunteers from the charity organisation Saaed make sweets for distribution to the needy for Eid al-Adha in Damascus.



/Ozan Kose/ AFP/ Getty Images
A man holds a ram that will be sacrificed for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, at a market in Istanbul.


/AP
A Muslim girl holds a balloon during a morning prayer marking the Eid al-Adha holiday on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia.


/China Stringer Network/Reuters
A boy sits in a mosque during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Kunming, Yunnan province, China.


/China Daily/Reuters

People celebrate Eid at a mosque in Kashgar in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China.



/Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Muslim worshippers prepare for morning prayer at Bicentennial Park in Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia




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Afghan refugee girls dressed in new clothes, celebrate the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

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An Afghan girl tends to her sheep at a livestock market in the centre of Kabul, set up for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage.

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A Pakistani boy stands next to his two goats that he is hoping to sell at a livestock market for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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Indian Muslims offer Eid prayers at the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in New Delhi.

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Iraqi Shia Muslim women attend Eid al-Adha prayers in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Men perform a folk sword dance as people watch on the first day of Eid in the besieged Syrian area of Homs.

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Volunteers from the charity organisation Saaed make sweets for distribution to the needy for Eid al-Adha in Damascus.

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People celebrate Eid at a mosque in Kashgar in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China.

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Muslim worshippers prepare for morning prayer at Bicentennial Park in Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia

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Muslim worshippers prepare for morning prayer at Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia.

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Muslim worshippers prepare for morning prayer at Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia.



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