Despite threats of infections from the coronavirus disease, Filipino Muslims offered prayers to the Lord as they mark the Islamic “Festival of the Sacrifice,” or “Eid al-Adha,” on Tuesday, July 20.
In the city of Taguig in the Philippine capital, hundreds of faithful went to the Blue Mosque to pray while outside goats were slaughtered and the meat distributed to people, especially the poor.
“Eid al-Adha” is one of two important holidays celebrated by Muslims to honor the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as an act of obedience to God’s command.
The Bible’s Old Testament narrates the story of how Abraham took his son Isaac to sacrifice but before he could do it, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead.
In commemoration of this intervention, animals are sacrificed ritually during the festival. One third of the meat is consumed by the family offering the sacrifice, while the rest is distributed to the poor and needy. (Photos by Basilio Sepe for LiCAS.news)