Muslim athletes celebrate Eid al-Adha on social media

The fifth pillar of Islam is Hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia that every able-bodied and financially capable Muslim should complete at least once in their lifetime.

While the sacred sites that pilgrims visit during the pilgrimage are open to Muslims throughout the year, the official rituals of Hajj are only performed once annually, over a five-day period that marks the official Hajj. The end of Hajj is celebrated around the world by Muslims whether they made the pilgrimage or not, a four-day celebration is known as Eid al-Adha that includes prayer, sacrifice and giving gifts.

Muslim athletes from a variety of sports and places on the globe shared their well-wishes for Eid on social media:

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Paul Pogba – Soccer (Premier League) – France

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Qais Ashfaq – Boxing – Great Britain

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Arda Turan – Soccer (La Liga) – Turkey

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Raisa Aribatul – Basketball – Indonesia

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Marouane Fellaini – Soccer (Premier League) – Belgium

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Azhar Mahmood – Cricket – Great Britain

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Farah Ann Abdul Hadi – Gymnastics – Malaysia

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Kurt Zouma – Soccer (Premier League) – France

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Sania Mirza – Tennis – India

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Moeen Ali – Cricket – Great Britain

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Ruqsana Begum – Mixed Martial Arts – Great Britain

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Xherdan Shaqiri – Soccer (Premier League) – Switzerland

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Sonny Bill Williams – Rugby/Boxing – New Zealand

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Mohamed El Neny – Soccer (Premier League) – Egypt

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Husain Abdullah – Football (retired NFL) – United States

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Edin Dzeko – Soccer (Serie A) – Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Demba Ba – Soccer (Chinese Super League) – Senegal

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Hashim Amla – Cricket – South Africa

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Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, a.k.a. “Mido” – Soccer (retired) – Egypt

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Khabib Nurmagomedov – Mixed Martial Arts – Russia

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Dwayne Frampton – Football – United States

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Ibtihaj Muhammad – Fencing – United States

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Mesut Ozil – Soccer (Premier League) – Germany

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