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Muslims celebrate festival of Eid al-Adha worldwide

Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, is celebrated to commemorate the prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God.

Muslims around the world are gathering at mosques for dawn prayers to mark the beginning of the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday. Eid al-Adha - the Feast of Sacrifice - marks the end of hajj, an annual pilgrimage undertaken by some 1.5 million Muslims this year in Saudi Arabia.

Kosovo Muslim boys offer prayers outside Sultan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque marking the Eid al-Adha holiday in capital Pristina, Kosovo Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Source: AP Photo)

A believer prays inside the newly restored Moscow Cathedral Mosque in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joined the re-opening ceremony of the mosque. (Source: AP Photo)

Muslims pray outside the newly restored Moscow Cathedral Mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Adha, a feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide, which Muslims in Russia call Kurban-Bairam, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. The mosque was demolished and rebuilt to be one of the biggest mosques in the country with a room for 10,000 believers. (Source: AP Photo)

A Filipino Muslim woman prays during Eid al-Adha at the Blue Mosque in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Source: AP Photo)

A Muslim girl stands with women offering prayers to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday on a street in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015. (Source: AP Photo)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo)

Russia's top Muslim Cleric Ravil Gainutdin, right, conducts a religious service inside the newly restored Moscow Cathedral Mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Adha, a feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide, which Muslims in Russia call Kurban-Bairam, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Source: AP Photo)

Afghan men hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers in Herat, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha or Eid-e Qurban in local language, the Festival of Sacrifice, to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (Source: AP Photo)

Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 during the hajj pilgrimage. Mount Arafat, marked by a white pillar, is where Islam's Prophet Muhammad is believed to have delivered his last sermon to tens of thousands of followers some 1,400 years ago, calling on Muslims to unite. (Source: AP Photo)

A Kashmiri Muslim livestock vendor plays with sheep as he awaits customers at a market ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Srinagar. (Source: AP Photo)

A Kashmiri girl gets her hand decorated with henna ahead of Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Source: AP Photo)

Pakistani men hold a goat they bought for the Eid al-Adha as they ride on a motorcycle in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Source: AP photo)

A Bahraini girl throws a pot of sprouting greens into the Persian Gulf, a traditional way Bahraini Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, off the coast of Malkiya, Bahrain. Traditionally, children plant their baskets several days ahead of the holiday, then throw them into the sea as a small sacrifice of the plants they tended. (Source: AP photo)

Palestinians shop for the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday at the central Gaza main market in in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. It is a festive holiday where it is traditional for men, women and children to dress in new clothing and spend time with their families outdoors. (Source: AP photo)

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira mosque in Arafat, on the second and most significant day of the annual hajj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Source: AP Photo)