IN PHOTOS: Eid al-Adha celebration in Luneta

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Muslims in Manila converge at the Quirino grandstand in Luneta

MANILA, Philippines Muslims all over the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Adha, otherwise known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Tuesday, October 15. 

Eid al-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia. During the 4-day festival, Muslims remember the willingness of prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his own son when God asked him to do so in a dream. But when God saw that Allah would follow his orders, He provided him with a sacrificial lamb instead. 

Thousands of pilgrims taking part in the Hajj travelled to Muzdalifah in preparation for Tuesday’s Eid al-Adha. (READ: Hajj pilgrims set for Eid al-Adha feast)

Meanwhile, Muslims in Manila converged at Luneta to pray together in celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice. 

President Benigno Aquino III declared the Eid al-Adha as a regular holiday. “Today, we are reminded of Ibraham’s tale of sacrifice, and its narrative of unconditional trust, devotion, and fortitude,” Aquino said in a statement. “In the face of a seemingly insurmountable task, he showed courage and immense faith in the Almighty. May we find in ourselves the strength and empowerment Ibraham displayed as we collectively fulfill our great destiny as individuals, communities, and a nation.”

PRAYER. Filipinos troop to Quirino Grandstand to celebrate Eid al-Adha. Photo by Jose Del

DAWN PRAYER. A girl joins hundreds in Luneta for the Feast of Sacrifice. Photo by Jose Del

REMEMBER. Muslims all over the world commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's sacrifice. Photo by Jose Del

 

SACRIFICE. A young boy slits the neck of 10 pcs of goat to celebrate of the Eid'l Adha the feast of sacrifice at Camp Crame Quezon City. Photo by Rappler/Rafael Taboy

SYMBOL. Police Director Cipriano E. Querol Jr (left) receives from Datu Basher 'Bong" Alonto (right) a goat offered during the celebration of Eid'l Adha held at Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rappler/Rafael Taboy

To commemmorate Ibrahim’s story, Muslims sacrifice goats or sheep during the feast.

This year, the Feast of Sacrifice coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the Framework Agreement, which set the roadmap for the creation of a new political entity in Muslim Mindanao. 

Peace panels from the government and rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front are still in the process of negotiating details on power-sharing and normalization for the Bangsamoro

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Secretary Teresita Deles used the occasion to reiterate the government’s call for FIlipinos to keep supporting the peace processs.  

“The most important things come at a high price. FAB [Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro] was borne out of decades of hard work, of sacrifices, and a leap of faith of a people, and its worth constitutes the beginning of peace and progress not just in Mindanao but of the whole country.” – Rappler.com

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