A Family Celebrates Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is a one of the most important Muslim holidays celebrated throughout the Muslim world. It commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his first-born son Ismail to Allah. Because of Ibrahim’s unwavering faith, Allah intervened and presented him a sheep to sacrifice instead. Every year it’s custom in Morocco for families to slaughter a sheep or ram in memory of this event. The Mhamdi family, pictured here, is performing the annual ritual together. After three days of feeding and taking care of their ram inside their home, the festival is about to begin.

 

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All photographs © JP KEENAN

JP Keenan

JP is a documentary filmmaker and photographer studying at Ithaca College. He is passionate about using the documentary medium to bring awareness to social issues. He hopes to use his time in Morocco to expand his portfolio and gain international experience in hopes become a photojournalist in the future.

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