by Malallai Zalmai

Eid Al-Adha, the second and final Eid celebration each year, commemorates the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage. Although only pilgrims in Mecca participate in the Hajj, Muslims around the world join them in celebrating Eid Al-Adha.

The pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an obligation for those Muslims who are physically and financially capable of performing it to go once in a lifetime.

During Eid Al-Adha, Muslims around the world have the option of sacrificing a livestock animal to feed the poor and offer money to those in need. Eid also represents a new start, it is a time when Muslims have the opportunity to forget the past, forgive the bad, and start fresh.

Malallai Zalmai, MBA, is a system analyst at Park University and a member of its Year of Inclusion Task Force.