Muslims offer last Friday prayers at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) ahead of Eid-al-Fitr in the old quarters of Delhi August 17, 2012.
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Muslims in Saudi Arabia, UAE and many countries in the world are set to celebrate Eid al Adha on Thursday, 24 September. 

This year, the Eid al Adha prayer will begin at 5:55 a.m local time in Saudi Arabia, as stated by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Arab News reported. 

The Eid al Adha prayers are offered early in the morning after the sun has risen completely, and the scheduled prayer time on 24 September is 14 minutes after sunrise, based on the Umm Al-Qura calendar. 

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Eid prayer will begin at 6.30 am in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and Umm Al Quwain, while it will begin at 6.34 am in Abu Dhabi. 

Muslims congregate at mosques and pray chanting "Labaik Allah Huma Labaik", according to Gulf News. The chant translates to ''I respond to your call, God".

In the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Muslims will congregate at 666 mosques to offer Eid prayers, while thousands will also gather in open spaces. 

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On Eid Al Adha, which is also known as the 'Greater Eid' of the 'Feast of the Sacrifice', Muslims sacrifice animals such as goats and sheep to commemorate Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience and submission to Allah (God).

In India, Eid al Adha, more commonly referred to as Bakr Eid or Bakri Eid, will be celebrated on Friday, 25 September. However, some regions will celebrate it on Thursday. 

In the United States, the Fiqh Council of North America has announced that Eid al Adha will be marked on 24 September, after the Day of Arafat on Wednesday.