“It’s extremely special,” Shahzaib Khan of Chillicothe, Mo., said of `Eid al-Adha.[...]
“It’s like Christmas for Muslims. We get all dressed up. ... It’s all about family.”
Flocking to the Islamic Center of St. Joseph, 2325 Messanie St., the area Muslims were allowed to celebrate `Eid together like one family for the first time.
After `Eid prayers, small gifts were given for children followed by a distribution of sacrificed meat to the needy and social gatherings.
After special prayers to mark `Eid Al-Adha, Muslims offer udhiyah, a ritual that reminds of the great act of sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel were willing to make for the sake of God.
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