In Pictures: Muslims across the world mark Eid-al-Adha festival

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Muslims across the globe are celebrating the start of Eid-al-Adha.

The festival marks the willingness of Ibrahim, known as Abraham in other traditions, to sacrifice his son for God.

It also comes as Muslims perform the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia – a mandatory religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of all adult Muslims.

Nigeria Eid Al Adha
Nigerian Muslims offer prayers in Lagos (Sunday Alamba/AP)

Russia Eid al-Adha
Russian police officers direct a congregation of Muslim believers leaving the annual celebration of Eid al-Adha in Moscow (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Afghanistan Eid al-Adha
Pigeons fly as Afghans prepare to offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan (Rahmat Gul/AP)

Philippines Eid al Adha
An enterprising Filipino Muslim brings out her sweets as she prepares to pray outside the Blue Mosque in Taguig, east of Manila (Bullit Marquez/AP)

Pakistan Eid al Adha
Pakistani customers carry a goat they bought for Eid al-Adha in a rickshaw in Islamabad, Pakistan (B.K. Bangash/AP)

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