Muscovite Muslims hold morning prayers for Eid al-Adha

Thousands of Muslims gathered at the Moscow Cathedral Mosque to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Monday.

Eid al-Adha or the Festival of the Sacrific’, is the one of two globally celebrated holidays in Islam, the other Eid Al-Fitr, with the former honoring Ibrahim or Abraham’s will to sacrifice his son to God. Animals are often sacrificed on the holiday to remember Ibrahim’s offering.

Muslims make up roughly 14 percent of Russia’s population with a reported 1.5 million operating out of Moscow.

The Moscow mosque, also known as Moscow Jum’ah Mosque and formerly as the Moscow Central Mosque, was demolished five years ago and rebuilt to accommodate 10,000 people.

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