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MAKKAH: Hajj pilgrims, hailing from various parts of the world, embarked on a profound journey from Muzdalifah to Jamarat on Sunday, culminating in the joyous celebration of Eid al-Adha.

The diversity of languages, cultures and backgrounds present in the Jamarat demonstrated the universal appeal of Islam and the importance of coming together in a common faith.

Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice in English, has its roots in the story of the prophet Ibrahim, who was instructed by God in a dream to sacrifice his son Ishmael as a test of faith.

The diversity of languages, cultures and backgrounds present in the Jamarat demonstrates the universal appeal of Islam. (Photo by Hud Bashatah)

As he was about to make the sacrifice, God intervened and sent the angel Gabriel with a ram to be sacrificed.

Dedicated individuals, who have traveled vast distances to participate in the holy pilgrimage, unite in mutual respect and harmony to mark the momentous occasion.

Abdullah, a pilgrim from Egypt, told Arab News: “Thank God, this is our first Hajj and luckily it went without a hitch.

Abdullah said that he and his mother went to Arafat, and from Arafat to Muzdalif, then to Mina. “We came here to Jemarat and thank God everything went well.”

“Honestly, it’s an indescribable feeling for someone experiencing it for the first time. It is a blessing from God that he brought us here and may he give us that opportunity every year,” he said.

As his son cut his hair, Suleiman Ali, a 70-year-old pilgrim from Indonesia, told Arab News he was blessed to be spending Eid al-Adha in Mecca with his family.

“I performed Hajj for the first time in 1993 and I never thought that God would bless me with another chance except with my family this time.

Asma, a pilgrim from India, told Arab News that she is in Saudi Arabia for the first time and is performing the Hajj.

“I’m happy to be here with my parents, my husband, my brother-in-law and his wife,” she said.

“It is a very emotional trip for us because we have always dreamed of celebrating Eid al-Adha here.

Asma said they haven’t done their animal sacrifice yet, but are excited to do so.

The annual pilgrimage to Mecca and the holy places brings together people from all walks of life, breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of unity among believers.

The diversity and unity among the pilgrims serves as a poignant reminder of the universal connection that transcends geographic boundaries and cultural differences.

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