Charlotte area Muslims gathered Friday morning to begin the celebration of Eid Al Adha – the Holiday of Sacrifice.
The three-day Islamic holiday commemorates two events: One – the prophet Abraham’s obedience to God and his willingness to sacrifice – which happened thousands of years ago; the other – the pilgrimage to Mecca, called the Hajj. That occurs every year and involves millions of Muslims.
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The fifth pillar of Islam says that all adult Muslims who are physically and financially able should make at least one pilgrimage in their lifetimes to the holy shrine in Mecca, a city in Saudi Arabia.
During Eid Al Adha, many Muslims follow the tradition of Abraham by sacrificing a goat or lamb during these holy days and donate the meat to the needy. The annual Charlotte, with its communal prayer, was held at the Park Expo in Charlotte.