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As Hajj ends, Eid al-Adha preparations begin (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
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Muslim pilgrims pray at Mount Arafat, southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

Pilgrims flooded into the Arafat plain from Mecca and Mina before dawn on Monday for the annual Hajj, a visit to the site where the Islamic prophet Muhammad gave his farewell sermon on this day in the Islamic calendar 1,378 years ago. The annual pilgrimage drew 3 million visitors this year, the BBC reports, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world.

The end of Hajj will mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha, which starts Tuesday. The Eid al-Adha, or the "Festival of Sacrifice," commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God's command. Cattle, goats and camels are slaughtered the morning of the festival and the meat is shared with the poor. (To see photographs of Mecca in 1885 go here.)

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A Muslim pilgrim prays on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy on the Plain of Arafat near Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Hassan Ammar/AP)
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Muslim pilgrims leave an autograph at Mount Arafat. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrims look at a map as they arrive at the Mina valley east of the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca. (Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images)
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Muslim pilgrims perform the walk around the Kaaba (Tawaf) at the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, contains the holy Black Stone which is believed to be the only piece remaining from an altar built by Abraham. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)
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The half moon is seen behind the minaret of the Namira Mosque at Mount Arafat. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kashmiri women purchase food at an outdoor market ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in Srinagar. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani camel sellers drink tea at a sacrificial livestock market ahead of Eid al-Adha in Lahore. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Lebanese farmer carries a lamb at his farm in the Bekaa Valley as he prepares to sell some of his livestock in preparation for Eid al-Adha. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
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Decorated cows are seen at a sacrificial livestock market ahead of Eid al-Adha in Lahore. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

By Melissa Bell  | November 15, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
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Comments

Carlbatey,
Have your facts straightened up; Aicha was not 7, she was in the age of puberty when she got married to the prophet. Women were allowed to get married when they reached their puberty in all the prophets’ eras and still in a lot of countries nowadays.

Also, please read about the prophet’s life before you say anything that will be held against you when you stand up before the almighty, as we all will.

Michael H. Hart (Jewish American astrophysicist) decided to rank Prophet Mohammed in the 1st place in his book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History.

Also the Quran includes scientific facts that were proven right in our modern time and there was no way or technology to help Prophet Mohammed knew about them back then given that he was analphabet.

Point is, Prophet Mohammed is a great, caring person, but a lot of people misinterpreted his message which is basically based on submission to God, because life doesn’t last forever and all we will take with us is our deeds and words, so please be careful on what you say.

Posted by: HaveFaith1 | November 15, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse


Are they done walking around the black box? I have never seen so many camels. Are they sacred?


Posted by: mortified469 | November 15, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to disappoint all of you spiritual, religious, God-fearing, well-educated, bright, informed citizens out there BUT
Jesus (May God's Peace and Blessings Be Apon Him) was Muslim.

Posted by: kk1425 | November 15, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I've removed a few comments on here that were totally unacceptable. I am sorry I did not catch them sooner.

Posted by: MelissaBellPost | November 15, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Melissa, thank you for an englightening post, and great pictures. Happy Eid to all the Muslims out there.

Posted by: WorldObserver83 | November 15, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Holy Quran verse 27 of chapter 22. The Pilgrimage
((We commanded Abraham), "Call people for hajj - an act of worship accomplished by visiting the sacred sites in Mecca." They will come on foot and on lean camels from all the distant quarters)

And indeed for more than 14 centuries, people are still forming from all around the globe, visiting Mecca, asking for forgiveness and mercy. Eid Mubarak everyone.

Posted by: HaveFaith1 | November 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/world-day-of-god-2010/

Posted by: Nabihah | November 15, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"The Eid al-Adha, or the "Festival of Sacrifice," commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God's command. "

Only the religion of peace would choose that story as a cause for celebration. No offense but anyone who thinks the story of Abraham and his son is a good one needs to see a psychologist.

Posted by: Peacer | November 15, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the great pics.. one correction though.. hajj isn't done yet. the pilgrims still have a few days left on hajj. the people who are not on hajj are celebrating eid adha

Posted by: umluqmaan1 | November 15, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Melissa thank you for the blog and the pictures. There are few more days for pilgrims to finish the rituals of Pilgrimage. Happy Eid to all Muslims!Join me at anytime on my blog
http://moderatemuslimspeaksup.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-eid-everyone.html

Posted by: moderatemuslimspeaksup | November 16, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

One must watch in his life time how a animal is put to death in islamic way called HALAL and scientist should study cause of effect of eating this kind of meat in ones life time effect on body and mind. You will find all Halal eating meat people are mostly short tempered and have many heart and kidney diseases and crime is not a sin for them and they have no love and long term feeling or any animal or humanbeing . Even wife and children carry no love and afffection in long term Rape of daughter inlaw and daughters is seen in isalm also rape of any infidel is considered no crime. Looks like halal meat has many evil affects on the mind of eater. More reseach is must to save these billion eaters.

Posted by: sahani108 | November 16, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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