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Pilgrims perform devil-stoning ritual as Eid al-Azha begins

More than two million Muslims began the symbolic ritual of stoning the devil near the Saudi holy city of Mecca as part of the annual Haj pilgrimage on Sunday (Aug 11), the first day of Islam’s festival of Eid-al-Azha.

Pilgrims have arrived in Mina and to perform the first stoning at Jamrat Al Aqaba, stoning only one of the three locations on Sunday. The three together stoning of the devil will be performed on the 11th, 12th and 13th of Zilhajj.

After performing the first stoning ritual, some pilgrims will head to the holy mosque of Makkah and perform Tawaf-Al-Ifada, while others will perform it on other days.

Meanwhile, many of the Muslims are celebrating the religious festival of Eid-ul-Azha on Sunday in various parts of the world including the Middle east.

The day is marked with the sacrifice of an animal, usually a goat, sheep, or cow, and the distribution of the meat among neighbors, family members, and the poor.

Eid al-Adha is the Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail.

Saman Siddiqui

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