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Experiencing the True Eid al-Adha

A few weeks ago, Muslims all over the world celebrated the holiday Eid al-Adha. It honors the ancient story in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son.

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The tradition is for Muslims to sacrifice an animal, like a cow or a lamb, and then share the meat with family, friends and the poor.

This year, reporter Beenish Ahmed celebrated Eid al-Adha in a way she hadn't before: in her parents' home country of Pakistan. In her story, she reflects on the experience, which included witnessing the animal's slaughter.

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    A Palestinian butcher slaughters a sheep on the first day of Eid-al-Adha in the West Bank town of Al-Ram near Jerusalem October 26, 2012. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the Haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION ANIMALS)

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    In Islamabad, Eid wishes are written across the back of a goat in henna. (Photo: Beenish Ahmed)