Nearly 50,000 Muslims have gathered inside a US football stadium to celebrate Eid al-Adha, also called the “Festival of Sacrifice.”

Local Minnesota mosques organized the massive event to take place at the US Bank Stadium to celebrate the Islamic holiday which coincides with the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

Because of the name and nature of the holiday, where Muslims sacrifice livestock as a symbol of the prophet Ibrahim’s [Abraham in Hebrew Bible] willingness to sacrifice his only son, the US Bank stadium has had to dispel rumors of mass animal sacrifices taking place inside its venue.

“No animal sacrifice will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium,” spokeswoman for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Jenn Hathaway announced in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Current scene @usbankstadium in #Minnesota where 50,000 Muslims are gathering to celebrate #EidAlAdha at the stadium.

People can be seen in this video holding signs that say “Love thy neighbor” as “Allahu Akbar” is broadcasted on the loudspeaker repetitively in the background.

— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) August 21, 2018

Video footage depicts the chanting of “Allahu akbar” blaring over loudspeakers in the venue.

The first prayer session is scheduled to begin at 9am. There are long lines of people filing in already for this #superEid celebration at @usbankstadium @KSTP

— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) August 21, 2018

One of the prominent speakers at the “Super Eid” event will be Egyptian imam Waleed Al-Maneese, who has called for the deaths of Christians and Jews, according to independent journalist Laura Loomer.

Tomorrow & Wednesday 50,000 Muslims will fill US Bank Stadium in #Minnesota for the “Super #EidAlAdha” festival.

One of the keynote speakers & special guests is Egyptian imam Waleed Al-Maneese, who has called for Jews & Christians to be killed.

— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) August 21, 2018

Second group prayer about to start at Muslim celebration of Super Eid @usbankstadium . Details at noon @WCCO

— Angela Davis (@AngelaDavisWCCO) August 21, 2018

Would the media treat a large Christian equivalent event with the same respect and reverence?


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