Only around three percent of the population of Burundi are Muslims, yet Aid al-Hadj and certain other Islamic festivals have national holiday status alongside Christian holidays such as Christmas and Assumption of Mary.
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A large number of Burundi’s Islamic population lives in the city of Bujumbura and in a handful of other major urban zones.
Like other Muslims around the world, Burundian Muslims will attend special mosque services to pray, recite the Koran, and listen to sermons on Aid al-Hadj. They remember the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael to Allah, according to the Koran. Ultimately Ishmael was saved by Allah.
Many will sacrifice animals and share the meat with family, friends, and the poor. There are festive family gatherings and feasts for Aid al-Hadj, and some few who can afford it will make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once during their life to follow the model of the Prophet Muhammad and commemorate events in the life of Ibrahim.