Friends greet each other before the start of the Eid al-Adha prayer at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 11, 2019. Credit: Caroline Yang for MPR News

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Thousands of Muslims congregated at various locations around the Twin Cities on Sunday to celebrate Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Eid al-Adha, meaning the “feast of the sacrifice,” commemorates Prophet Abraham’s test of faith in which God commanded him to sacrifice his son. It’s one of the two holidays that Muslims celebrate across the world.

Thousands of Muslims families in the Twin Cities go to the Mall of America and Valley Fair, two of the most popular attractions during Eid holidays.

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing an animal, mostly a sheep or goat, and the meat is shared with the needy. Muslims start the day by early morning prayers dressed in their best clothes and gather with families and friends afterward.

Mukhtar M. Ibrahim

Mukhtar M. Ibrahim is the founder, editor and executive director of Sahan Journal, a nonprofit news organization that covers immigrant and refugee communities in Minnesota. He oversees the organization's...