Muslim of Ukraine mark Kurban Bayram, otherwise referred to as Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice. This year, it is celebrated on September 1.
Believers came to the Morning Prayer held at Ar-Rahma, their main shrine in Kyiv; the ceremony of offering sacrifice followed. Worshippers and guests of the feast also attended the holiday fair within the mosque’s premises.
Eid al-Adha is one of the holiest feasts in the Muslim world; during this period, people commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. One of Abraham's main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah's will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his "sacrifice" had already been fulfilled.
The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. The act symbolizes people’s willingness to give up things that are of benefit to them or close to their hearts.