The Festival of Sacrifice . . .

© Monirul Alam

Two Bangladeshi Khadem a Madrasah student cross on the alley at the old part of Dhaka to work’s for slaughter animals as a Islamic festival of sacrifice to marked Eid al-Adha on 13 September 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

The Islamic holy book tells how Allah demanded that Ibrahim sacrifice his first son, Ishmael, in an act of subservience to Allah. However, as Ibrahim slashed the throat of his son, he found that an angel had replaced Ishmael with a goat. The animal sacrifices still carried out today are meant to symbolise and celebrate Allah’s act of mercy. Cows, sheep and goats are the most usual animals which are taken to slaughter, but other livestock – including camels – also feature depending on the region.