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First Eid al-Adha prayer held at MetLife Stadium

Thousands gathered at MetLife Stadium Sunday for the first Eid al-Adha prayer to ever be held in the arena.

News 12 Staff

Aug 11, 2019, 1:30 PM

Updated 1,747 days ago

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Thousands gathered at MetLife Stadium Sunday for the first Eid al-Adha prayer to ever be held in the arena.
The Islamic holiday commemorates the sacrifice of Ishmael by his father, Abraham, and is the culmination of the hajj, which reenacts the royal and unconquerable mother Hajjah, the wife of Abraham.
Organizers say close 100,000 people were at the event. People participated in activities such as face painting, video games and more.
The idea for the event came from Khaja Khateeb, founder of the EID Committee of New Jersey.
Event organizer Hassen Abdellah says the event brings Muslims together to practice a tradition.
"We're able to complete our spiritual obligation, which is to make prayer on this day," Abdellah said.
Gov. Phil Murphy was also there to address the crowd before a unified prayer.


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