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It's the time of "Festival of Sacrifices"

Some of the people here, in the old market/alleys of Sanliurfa, are trying to choose their sheep for sacrifice. The breaders nearby areas bring their sheeps, cows even camels to the cities to sell. The market is generally so crowded and a little caotic.

What is "The Festival of Sacrifice" ???

According to the legend ;
One of Abraham's main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah's will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his "sacrifice" had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superceded all others, that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to Allah.

At the end of the pilgrimage, Muslims throughout the world celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha). During this celebration, Muslims commemorate and remember this incident, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat.

The meat from the sacrifice is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. It also symbolizes muslims willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need.

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