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    Posted October 16, 2013 by
    AzizKarimov
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    Baku, Azerbaijan
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    Your favorite Eid traditions

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter AzizKarimov captured these images at Taza Pir mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan, of prayers and food preparations for the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha, where Muslims traditionally sacrifice sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate the Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son on God's command. Please note this iReport gallery contains scenes of animals being butchered for use.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    On October 16, the Islamic world celebrates one of two major holidays - Gurban Bayram (Feast of Sacrifice, in Arabic Eid al-Adha). The holiday coincides with the end of the hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca.

    According to the Koran, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) in a dream and gave him a commandment from God to sacrifice his only son Ismail. Ibrahim went to the valley of Mina to the place where Mecca now stands. His son, who knew about this, did not resist because he was obedient to his Father and God.

    However, it was a test. God rewarded Ibrahim for his loyalty and allowed him to sacrifice an animal instead of his son.

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