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A boy stands amid worshippers offering Eid prayers in Quetta.—AP

Pakistan, India and other countries join Eidul Azha celebrations

Muslims in Asian countries kick off Eidul Azha celebrations on Saturday.
Published Sep 02, 2017 05:16pm

Muslims in Pakistan, India and other Asian countries joined the world in Eidul Azha celebrations on Saturday. Many offered animal sacrifices, commemorating Prophet Ibrahim's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.

A man distributes food to people in Karachi on the first day of Eidul Azha.—AP
A man distributes food to people in Karachi on the first day of Eidul Azha.—AP

Eid prayers were offered amid tight security in Pakistan, with police and Rangers officials posted outside mosques.

Rangers personnel search people arriving to offer prayers on the first day of Eidul Azha in Quetta.—AP
Rangers personnel search people arriving to offer prayers on the first day of Eidul Azha in Quetta.—AP

Muslims believe Prophet Ibrahim's faith was tested when God commanded him to sacrifice his only son Prophet Ismail. Ibrahim was prepared to submit to the command, but then God stayed his hand, sparing his son.

The meat from the sacrifice is usually distributed among the poor and to family members, after a share is kept for personal consumption.

People prepare to slaughter a camel on the first day of Eidul Azha in Karachi, Pakistan.—AP
People prepare to slaughter a camel on the first day of Eidul Azha in Karachi, Pakistan.—AP

A young girl in Srinagar, India-held Kashmir looks on.—AFP
A young girl in Srinagar, India-held Kashmir looks on.—AFP

Worshippers pray during Eidul Azha celebrations at the Galle Face esplanade in Colombo, Sri Lanka.—AFP
Worshippers pray during Eidul Azha celebrations at the Galle Face esplanade in Colombo, Sri Lanka.—AFP

A child washes his face before Eidul Azha celebrations at the Galle Face esplanade in Colombo, Sri Lanka.—AFP
A child washes his face before Eidul Azha celebrations at the Galle Face esplanade in Colombo, Sri Lanka.—AFP

Muslims leave a mosque after offering Eid prayers in Yangon, Myanmar.—AP
Muslims leave a mosque after offering Eid prayers in Yangon, Myanmar.—AP

Worshippers offer prayers on the first day of Eidul Azha at Jamia Masjid in New Delhi, India.—AFP
Worshippers offer prayers on the first day of Eidul Azha at Jamia Masjid in New Delhi, India.—AFP

Two boys watch worshippers offer Eid prayers in Hyderabad, India.—AFP
Two boys watch worshippers offer Eid prayers in Hyderabad, India.—AFP

Eid prayers in Jamia Masjid in New Delhi, India.—AFP
Eid prayers in Jamia Masjid in New Delhi, India.—AFP

A young boy yawns as people offer Eid prayers in Hyderabad, India.—AFP
A young boy yawns as people offer Eid prayers in Hyderabad, India.—AFP

Clashes broke out in Srinagar after Eid prayers with India's paramilitary forces firing tear gas shells and pellet guns at hundreds of protesters throwing rocks at them near the main Eidgah prayer ground.

An Indian paramilitary trooper prepares to fire tear gas shells towards Kashmiri youth during clashes between protesters and government forces in Srinagar, India-held Kashmir.—AFP
An Indian paramilitary trooper prepares to fire tear gas shells towards Kashmiri youth during clashes between protesters and government forces in Srinagar, India-held Kashmir.—AFP

Kashmiri youth hold banners and throw stones during clashes between protesters and Indian government forces in downtown Srinagar.—AFP
Kashmiri youth hold banners and throw stones during clashes between protesters and Indian government forces in downtown Srinagar.—AFP