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IN PICTURES: Minnesota Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha holiday

Eid al-Adha is one of the two holidays that Muslims celebrate across the world.
Friends greet each other before the start of the Eid al-Adha prayer at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News

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.

 

Men pray at the Eid al-Adha prayer at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
Women pray at the Eid al-Adha prayer at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
Ubah Abdinooi, 30, of Minneapolis, arrives at the Eid al-Adha prayer service with her three children at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
To celebrate Eid, girls ride the swings at the Mall of America on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
Hussein Ibrahim (c), 17, of Minneapolis, enjoys a laugh with his friends while celebrating Eid at the Mall of America in Bloomington on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
Left to right: Yasmin Omar, 37, of Hopkins, laughs with her niece, Hamna Ali, 12, of Hopkins, as they watch Omar's kids on a ride at the Mall of America on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
Hamdi Muhamed sits with her son, Abdullahi Abdi, age 1, at the Eid al-Adha prayer service at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
A young man enjoys a ride with his friends while celebrating Eid at the Mall of America in Bloomington on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
A man takes a little girl on the carousel while celebrating Eid at the Mall of America in Bloomington on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
Four young girls pose for a photo during their time at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America with their families in Bloomington, MN on August 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News
To celebrate Eid, Bashaal Hussein, 34, of Burnsville, rides the swings with his daughter at the Mall of America on Aug. 11, 2019. Caroline Yang for MPR News

Mukhtar M. Ibrahim is the founder, editor and executive director of Sahan Journal, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to chronicling the struggles, successes and transformations of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities.

 

He previously worked as a staff writer for the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News. He has also written for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed News and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

 

Mukhtar is among the first of his generation’s professional, accomplished journalists of Somali background in Minnesota and in the country. His leadership has been recognized with many awards and accomplishments and is sought-after speaker and panelist at leading institutions, organizations and conferences around the United States.

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