Celebrating Eid al-Fitr

Muslims world-wide celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid al-Adha falls within the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command. The holiday is also marked by the slaughtering of animals to feed the poor, and as an opportunity for second chances.

Palestinian Muslim worshipers sit on a wall in front of the golden dome inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third holiest shrine, in Jerusalems old city, following morning prayers on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or "The Feast of Sacrifice." October 15, 2013. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian Muslim worshipers sit on a wall in front of the golden dome inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest shrine, in Jerusalems old city, following morning prayers on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or “The Feast of Sacrifice.” October 15, 2013. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

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