Eid-ul-Adha (‘festival of Sacrifice’), is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar, it follows on from the Hajj.
Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to God.
Today Muslims all over the world, who can afford it, sacrifice a sheep (sometimes a goat) as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah. They share the meat among family, friends and the poor.
The Hajj is the holy pilgrimage to Makkah.
It is the Fifth Pillar of Islam and therefore a very important part of the Islamic faith.
All physically fit Muslims who can afford it should make the visit to Makkah, in Saudi Arabia, at least once in their lives.
Every year around 2 million Muslims from all over the world converge on Makkah.
They stand before the Kaaba, a shrine built by Ibrahim praising Allah together.
The Hajjis or pilgrims wear simple white clothes called Ihram which promote the bonds of Islamic brotherhood and sisterhood by showing that everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah.
During the Hajj the Pilgrims perform acts of worship and renew their faith and sense of purpose in the world.