Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites

Men hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers outside of Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. During the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle distribute portions of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
A baker cooks Eid cookies in preparation for celebrations for the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Muslim pilgrims pray on the Jabal Al Rahma holy mountain, or the mountain of forgiveness, at Arafat for the annual hajj pilgrimage outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Men attend Eid al-Adha prayers outside of the Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. During the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle and distribute portions of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
People gather at the bakery to bake Eid cookies in preparation for celebrations for the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Filipino Muslims prepare to pray outside the Blue Mosque in observance of Eid al-Adha, the second most important holiday in the Muslim world, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice is marked in the Philippines with prayers and the slaughter of goats and cows and their meat being given to the poor. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Muslim pilgrims attend noon prayers on the road near the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Filipino Muslims pray outside the Blue Mosque in observance of Eid Al-Adha, the second most important holiday in the Muslim world Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice is marked in the Philippines with prayers and the slaughter of goats and cows and their meat being given to the poor. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Afghan men attend Eid al-Adha prayers outside of Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. During the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle and distribute portions of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
An enterprising Filipino Muslim brings out her sweets as she prepares to pray outside the Blue Mosque in observance of Eid al-Adha, the second most important holiday in the Muslim world, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice is marked in the Philippines with prayers and the slaughter of goats and cows and their meat being given to the poor. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Muslim pilgrims gather at the Jabal Al Rahma holy mountain, or the mountain of forgiveness, at Arafat for the annual hajj pilgrimage outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers on the road near the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Pigeons fly as Afghans prepare to offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside of the Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. During the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle and distribute portions of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Muslim pilgrims visit the Jabal Al Rahma holy mountain, or the mountain of forgiveness, upon their arrival to Arafat for the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Muslim pilgrims attend noon prayers on the road near the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
People get their knives sharpened for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, is the most important Islamic holiday and marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
Men hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers outside of the Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. During the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle and distribute portions of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Pakistani customers carry a goat they bought for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in rickshaw in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, is the most important Islamic holiday and marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Muslim pilgrims attend noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
People struggle to load a camel they bought for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in a truck, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, is the most important Islamic holiday and marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Muslim pilgrims attend noon prayers on the road near the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
A Muslim pilgrim prays as another pilgrim takes a photo, at Jabal Al Rahma holy mountain, or the mountain of forgiveness, at Arafat for the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam which is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their lifetime. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
Muslim pilgrims attend noon prayers on the road near the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

MINA, Saudi Arabia — Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha as over 2 million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims walked to a complex in Mina on Tuesday to throw pebbles at three columns. Muslims believe the devil tried to talk the Prophet Ibrahim out of submitting to God's will there.

Muslims believe Ibrahim's faith was tested when God commanded him to sacrifice his only son Ismail. God stayed his hand, sparing his son. In the Christian and Jewish version of the story, Abraham is ordered to kill his other son, Isaac.

The final days of hajj coincide with the Eid al-Adha holiday, or "Feast of Sacrifice," to commemorate Ibrahim's test of faith. Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor.

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