MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, required of able-bodied Muslims once in their life, brings the Islamic world together across its many languages, ethnicities and individual beliefs — something seen across the many faces of its female faithful. More
Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, from Sunday to Thursday to mark the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son. During the holiday Muslims slaughter sheep and cattle and distribute part of the meat to the poor.
With the sighting of the crescent moon, Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and of dawn-to-dusk fasting, and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. The festival, which typically starts with prayers and can include parades, family reunions and other gatherings, is a time of thanksgiving and reflection.
Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which devotees fast from dawn till dusk.
The day in photos around the world.
The day in photos from around the world.
Sunflower selfie, New York City Marathon, All Souls Day, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run | Nov. 2
The day in pictures around the world.
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Sunni jihadist forces, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), launched a major offensive in northern Iraq on June 9, resulting in the capture of Iraq’s second largest city on June 10. Counter-attacks by Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga slowed the offensive, and Shiite Iraqis have been volunteering in large numbers to fight ISIS. The US and Iran have been discussing the situation, and might work together to support the Iraqi government.