Eid al-Adha (38 photos)

November 27 began Eid al-Adha 2009 - Muslim "Feast of Sacrifice", symbolizing Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to God. Muslims around the world celebrate this event, sacrificing animals, symbolizing the gift of the Lord rather than the victim of Abraham. They distribute the meat to family, friends and the poor. Eid al-Adha takes place immediately after the Hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca - a pillar of the Islamic faith. This year in Mecca were about 2, 5 million devout Muslims from around the world, many are faced with floods due to heavy rains. Collected here are photos from the Hajj and Eid al-Adha, which took place this year.

1. Muslim pilgrim prays near a cave on Mount Hira Noor on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. By tradition, the Islamic prophet Muhammad received his first message to preach Islam while praying in the cave. (AP Photo / Hassan Ammar)

2. Muslims pray on top of Mount Noor in the holy city of Mecca before the annual hajj pilgrimage November 23, 2009. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP / Getty Images)

3. View of the Grand Mosque is illuminated from the mountain Nuur, where the cave of Hira in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. (AP Photo / Hassan Ammar)


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