Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, the holiday marking the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage to the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca. The day, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, falls on Aug 12.

On this day, Muslims typically slaughter an animal like a goat, sheep or cow. One-third of the meat is supposed to be consumed by the family, one-third is to be shared with friends or neighbors and the third portion to be donated to the needy. In many parts of the world, Eid al-Adha is also called "Bakr-Eid." 

This day is marked to remember the time when Prophet Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son but God spared his life, replacing him with an animal.

Muslims greet their friends and family using the most common term, “Eid Mubarak,” or “Blessed Eid.” However, other words such as “Kul ’am wa inta bekhair,” or “May every year see you in good health,” and “Eid Saeed,” or “Happy Eid,” are also used. 

Here are some sayings to celebrate the feast of sacrifice after hajj — one of the Five Pillars of Islam. 

1. And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky) abundant rain, and add strength to your strength, so do not turn away as Mujrimoon (criminals, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) [Hud 11:52]

2. You cannot guide those you would like to but God guides those He wills. He has best knowledge of the guided. [Holy Quran/28: 56]

3. He is the One GOD; the Creator, the Initiator, the Designer. To Him belong the most beautiful names. Glorifying Him is everything in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, Most Wise. [59:24]

4. And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give (any sort of help) to their kinsmen, Al-Masakin (the poor), and those who left their homes for Allah's Cause. Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [AnNur24:22]

5. It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad) to the Muhsinum (doers of good). [Surah Al-Hajj (22:37)]

eid al adha A boy carries a goat at a livestock market where people buy sacrificial animals ahead of the Eid al-Adha celebrations in Sanaa, Yemen, Aug. 18, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah