Eid al-Adha, known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is a one of the most important Muslim holidays celebrated throughout the Muslim world. It commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his first-born son Ismail to Allah. Because of Ibrahim’s unwavering faith, Allah intervened and presented him a sheep to sacrifice instead. Every year it’s custom in Morocco for families to slaughter a sheep or ram in memory of this event. The Mhamdi family, pictured here, is performing the annual ritual together. After three days of feeding and taking care of their ram inside their home, the festival is about to begin.
By ELLIS HAZARD
In what appears to be a fast food restaurant so small its grills have been forced to the street of Rabat’s Medina, one finds typical menu items with a few big surprises. Surprisingly, the restaurant inside boasts multiple floors, including a loft overlooking the main floor. Still, there’s no hesitation when presenting the highlight of the experience from the street view: the performance of the food preparation.
All photographs © Ellis Hazard
All photographs © JP KEENAN