Pakistanis prepare to celebrate the annual festival of Eidul Azha or the Festival of Sacrifice which marks the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Muslims slaughter goats, sheep, cows and camels, following the example of Prophet Ibrahim who sacrificed his son in a show of obedience to Allah.

A sacrificial bull decorated for sale stands at its feed trough at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, September 22, 2015. — Reuters
A sacrificial bull decorated for sale stands at its feed trough at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, September 22, 2015. — Reuters
A boy poses with his sheep at an animal market in Islamabad. ─ Reuters
A boy poses with his sheep at an animal market in Islamabad. ─ Reuters
A vendor sharpens a knife for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eidul Azha in Rawalpindi. — AP
A vendor sharpens a knife for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eidul Azha in Rawalpindi. — AP
Goats for sacrifice are being selling on a footpath located in 
Pakistan Chowk area, on the occasion of Eidul Azha coming ahead in Karachi. — PPI
Goats for sacrifice are being selling on a footpath located in Pakistan Chowk area, on the occasion of Eidul Azha coming ahead in Karachi. — PPI
A sacrificial camel gets a haircut with patterns at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A sacrificial camel gets a haircut with patterns at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
Motorist holding a sacrificial camel for Eidul Azha. — PPI
Motorist holding a sacrificial camel for Eidul Azha. — PPI
A man sharpens knives to be sold ahead of the Eidul Azha festival in Karachi. ─ Reuters
A man sharpens knives to be sold ahead of the Eidul Azha festival in Karachi. ─ Reuters
A man sharpens knives at his shop to sell to customers 
for the slaughter of livestock on the occasion of Eidul Azha. — PPI
A man sharpens knives at his shop to sell to customers for the slaughter of livestock on the occasion of Eidul Azha. — PPI
Men look at sacrificial sheep decorated for sale at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
Men look at sacrificial sheep decorated for sale at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A seller waits for customers at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Islamabad. — AFP
A seller waits for customers at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Islamabad. — AFP
A seller weighs a goat for a customer at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Islamabad. — AFP
A seller weighs a goat for a customer at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Islamabad. — AFP
A man takes a decorated sacrificial sheep to his home after buying it in a local market in Peshawar. — Reuters
A man takes a decorated sacrificial sheep to his home after buying it in a local market in Peshawar. — Reuters
A  vendor escorts cattle at a market set up for the Eidul Azha in Karachi. — AP
A vendor escorts cattle at a market set up for the Eidul Azha in Karachi. — AP
Children escort their animals bought ahead of Eidul Azha in Rawalpindi. — AP
Children escort their animals bought ahead of Eidul Azha in Rawalpindi. — AP
Youth lead a cow through the streets of Rawalpindi. — AFP
Youth lead a cow through the streets of Rawalpindi. — AFP
Animals displayed at a cattle farm placed as Asia's largest 
animal market located in Hyderabad. — PPI
Animals displayed at a cattle farm placed as Asia's largest animal market located in Hyderabad. — PPI
A sacrificial camel is dyed with henna after a haircut produced patterns at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A sacrificial camel is dyed with henna after a haircut produced patterns at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A cow being shown off at a cattle market in Hyderabad. — PPI
A cow being shown off at a cattle market in Hyderabad. — PPI
Decorated sacrificial camels are seen at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
Decorated sacrificial camels are seen at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A man sharpens knives for the slaughter of livestock on the occasion of Eidul Azha in Hyderabad. ─ Reuters
A man sharpens knives for the slaughter of livestock on the occasion of Eidul Azha in Hyderabad. ─ Reuters
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift 
sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
View of a cattle market setup at Latifabad in Hyderabad. — PPI
View of a cattle market setup at Latifabad in Hyderabad. — PPI
A man transports sheep ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A man transports sheep ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A man sharpens knives at his shop for selling to customers 
to cut animals on the occasion of Eidul Azha coming ahead, in Hyderabad. — PPI
A man sharpens knives at his shop for selling to customers to cut animals on the occasion of Eidul Azha coming ahead, in Hyderabad. — PPI
Muslims hold a cow at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
Muslims hold a cow at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A vendor sharpens a knife for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eidul Azha in Peshawar. — AP
A vendor sharpens a knife for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eidul Azha in Peshawar. — AP
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift 
sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
A seller checks his goats at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A seller checks his goats at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift 
sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
A seller shows the teeth of a cow at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A seller shows the teeth of a cow at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP

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VOICE OF SANITY Sep 23, 2015 03:15pm

@>-- Eid Greeting to All...

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Dr yashfaa RAO Sep 23, 2015 03:49pm

Advance Eid Mubarik To All

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piyush Sep 23, 2015 05:34pm

sacrifice should mean giving up something u need, for an act of charity or austerity. Killing someone for taste is not sacrifice.

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Ahmed Sep 23, 2015 06:09pm

@piyush Muslims give 1/3rd of the meat in charity, 1/3rd to relatives and only 1/3rd is left for them.

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Aadi Sep 23, 2015 06:29pm

I do not need meat to survive, therefore I choose not to take something that I can live perfectly fine without. I choose not to take something that I would never be willing to give.

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ABA Sep 23, 2015 07:10pm

Eid Mubbarak to All Muslims and best wishes to all. I suggest that animal may be sacrificed once in life time by every Muslim and also during the performance of Hajj and all those who want to sacrifice animal should donate their money equivalent to the cost of animal to the hungry, sick, paralyzed and needy people.

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Ponnuvel Madheswaran Sep 23, 2015 07:55pm

Eid Mubarik to all

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Philosopher (from Japan) Sep 24, 2015 02:53am

We have Eid today but sacrifice is not allowed. EID M U B A R A K to all Pakistan especially my Dawn commentator fellows.

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Qutub Sep 24, 2015 07:32am

@Philosopher (from Japan) celebrate.

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Tariq Sep 24, 2015 09:45am

I love all you Muslims-

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Asad Khan Sep 24, 2015 10:22am

@ABA Agree!

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Pakistani Sep 24, 2015 03:14pm

Eid mubarak to everyone.

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Raminder Sep 24, 2015 03:24pm

happy eid to all

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k k tiwari India Sep 24, 2015 09:06pm

Eid is sacrifice of some one u have loved immensely. How it could be a sacrifice of any beloved animal bought 2-3 days ago

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Naseer Sep 24, 2015 10:03pm

@Tariq And I love you all humans!

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zack khan Sep 25, 2015 09:50pm

@piyush you are wrong. On Eid day it is animal sacrifice...I can't give up my laptop on Eid and consider to fulfill my obligation!!!!

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Mas Sep 25, 2015 11:02pm

I feel sad... My eyes are wet after I looked at those animals.

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