Eid al-Adha Celebrations in Queens

New York’s Muslim community recently celebrated Eid al-Adha, an important Islamic holiday that marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and honors the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim – known as Abraham to Christians and Jews – to sacrifice his son on the order of Allah. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

Hundreds of colorfully dressed worshipers in Queens came together for Eid prayers on Oct. 26. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

Unable to fit inside Masjid Al-Mamoor of the Jamaica Muslim Center, an overflow crowd of hundreds prayed outside on 168th St. between Gothic Drive and Highland Avenue. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

Muslims wear their finest clothes and celebrate the joyous day among family and friends. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

The Eid prayers mark the beginning of the festival. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

The festival celebrations include a homemade feast of traditional Muslim cuisine made with sacrificed halal animals, usually cows, camel, goat or lamb. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

Muslim families go to each other’s homes and share their meals on this day. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

The Jamaica section of Queens is home to a large Muslim community from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

 

In the Muslim world, the holiday can last four days and involves slaughtering sheep or cattle and distributing part of the meat to the poor. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

The holiday begins on the 10th day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul-Hijja, during the hajj pilgrimage. (Photo by Nabil Rahman)

 

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