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Area Muslims gather in Rochester for religious festival

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Hundreds of Muslims gathered at the University Center Field House in Rochester Tuesday in prayer.

They were there for a special Muslim festival called Eid ul-Adha, which celebrates the end of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

Organizers said it is the religious duty of every able-bodied Muslim person to go for pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. The also said that today is not only a time of prayer, but a time of giving as well.

"As much problems that's going on in the world today we just keep praying. We have to uplift together, and to do things the right way how they're supposed to be done. So today is a symbol of it as you can see," Abdi Roble, secretary of the United Islamic Society, told KTTC NewsCenter Tuesday.

Abdi said there are only two festivals in the Islamic faith, the first being Eid ul-Adha, which comes at the end of Ramadan; and the second being Eid ul-Fitr.

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