Muslims worldwide are celebrating the feast of Eid-al-Adha this week, which commemorates the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his first-born son Ishmael for Allah. It’s also the time when Muslims from around the world who are able to do so descend on Mecca to perform their once-in-a-lifetime Hajj, or pilgrimage, as a sign of faith.
While millions of Muslims are in Mecca right now, YouTube is broadcasting the Hajj as it unfolds to millions of people worldwide. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and Information’s YouTube channel is providing a live feed from the Al-Masjid Al-Haram, where Islam’s holiest place, the black-shaped building known as the Kaaba, is located. Muslims who attend the Hajj perform a variety of rituals such as circling counter-clockwise around the Kaaba seven times, visiting Mt. Arafat for contemplation and sacrificing an animal.