Muslims in Nigeria celebrate Eid al-Adha
Muslims in Nigeria’s capital Lagos, as well as other towns, celebrated Eid al-Adha, one of the biggest feasts in the Islamic calendar.
Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid al-Kabir, marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the holiest place in Islam.
In Lagos, faithfuls gathered for morning prayers at mosques or designated prayer grounds. After prayers, people greeted each other and engaged in acts of charity.
One of the central traditions of Eid al-Adha is the sacrifice of an animal, usually a goat, sheep, cow, or camel.
Muslims slaughter a sacrificial animal in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) readiness to sacrifice his own son, Ismail, after a command from God in a dream.