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Charlotte-area Muslims gather to mark holiday honoring Abraham, pilgrimage to Mecca

Muslim holiday Eid Al Adha

About 10,000 Charlotte area Muslims gathered to celebrate the Holiday of Sacrifice at The Park on Friday. The three-day holiday commemorates Abraham's obedience to God thousands of years ago and the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca -- called
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About 10,000 Charlotte area Muslims gathered to celebrate the Holiday of Sacrifice at The Park on Friday. The three-day holiday commemorates Abraham's obedience to God thousands of years ago and the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca -- called

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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Fadhili Ujendo sits with two of his sons Hamza Mugaza, 2, and Mwalimu Mugaza, 7, as they watch older brother Ramazani Mugaza while he makes a video of the gathering Friday morning. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

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.

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Three-month-old Zain Fekay gets a kiss from his father Mostafa Mostafa before the beginning of the Eid Al Adha service Friday morning. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

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.

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