Members of Maine’s Muslim community gathered Saturday at First Parish Church in Portland to celebrate Eid al-Adha ā€“ “Feast of Sacrifice” ā€“ with the Alzahraa Arabic School. The Islamic holiday occurs during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and in most places lasts for four days.

Mohammed Albehadli, a former teacher at the Alzahraa Arabic School, poses for a photo with students Zayyd Najar, 9, left, and Rawan Najar, 4, at an Eid al-Adha celebration in Portland on Saturday. Mohammed drove back to Portland from college in Connecticut to attend the celebration.

Mohammed Albehadli, a former teacher at the Alzahraa Arabic School, poses for a photo with students Zayyd Najar, 9, left, and Rawan Najar, 4, at an Eid al-Adha celebration in Portland on Saturday. Mohammed drove back to Portland from college in Connecticut to attend the celebration.

Mayasah Al Hashimi of Westbrook takes down balloons for the kids to play with after the Eid al-Adha festivities.

Mayasah Al Hashimi of Westbrook takes down balloons for the kids to play with after the Eid al-Adha festivities.

Mohammed Albehadli and student Zayyd Najar, 9, enjoy an Eid al-Adha celebration in Portland.

Mohammed Albehadli and student Zayyd Najar, 9, enjoy an Eid al-Adha celebration in Portland.


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