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Muslims in Asia celebrate Eid al-Adha with sacrifice festival and traditional feast

2024-06-18 10:26 Last Updated At:10:30

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims in Asia on Monday celebrated Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, with food and prayers for people in Gaza suffering from the Israel-Hamas war.

One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. It’s a joyous occasion for which food is a hallmark where devout Muslims buy and slaughter animals and share two-thirds of the meat with the poor and it’s a revered observance that coincides with the final rites of the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

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People struggle to control a bull prepared for slaughtering on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims in Asia on Monday celebrated Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, with food and prayers for people in Gaza suffering from the Israel-Hamas war.

Women offer Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Women offer Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Muslims gather to perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo)

Muslims gather to perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo)

A man kisses a bull before slaughtering it on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

A man kisses a bull before slaughtering it on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 17, 2024. One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 17, 2024. One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

A boy holds a ballon as muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

A boy holds a ballon as muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Men pull the carcass of a slaughtered cow whose meat would later be distributed to the needy during the celebration of Eid al-Adha in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (Abraham to Christians and jews) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Men pull the carcass of a slaughtered cow whose meat would later be distributed to the needy during the celebration of Eid al-Adha in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (Abraham to Christians and jews) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A Muslim inspects a goat's teeth before buying for Eid al Ada, near the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A Muslim inspects a goat's teeth before buying for Eid al Ada, near the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Men prepare to slaughter a cow whose meat would later be distributed to the needy during the celebration of Eid al-Adha in Selayang, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Men prepare to slaughter a cow whose meat would later be distributed to the needy during the celebration of Eid al-Adha in Selayang, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 17, 2024. One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 17, 2024. One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in Hyderabad, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in Hyderabad, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Devout Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A woman has her hands painted with traditional henna as she attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman has her hands painted with traditional henna as she attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman has her hands painted with traditional henna as she attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman has her hands painted with traditional henna as she attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

People struggle to control bulls prepared for slaughtering on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

People struggle to control bulls prepared for slaughtering on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

People struggle to control a bull for slaughtering during the celebration of Eid al-Adha, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

People struggle to control a bull for slaughtering during the celebration of Eid al-Adha, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Muslims perform an Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Mashun Great Mosque in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock whose meat later be distributed to the needy to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (Abraham to Christians and jews) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Muslims perform an Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Mashun Great Mosque in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock whose meat later be distributed to the needy to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (Abraham to Christians and jews) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

A Muslim makes online transfer of money through his mobile phone after buying goats for Eid al Ada, near the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A Muslim makes online transfer of money through his mobile phone after buying goats for Eid al Ada, near the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June. 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June. 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer in Mumbai, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer in Mumbai, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A Muslim attends Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

A Muslim attends Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend for Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend for Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Much of Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh, observed Eid al-Adha on Monday, while Muslims in other parts of the globe, including Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen celebrated the holiday on Sunday.

On Monday, worshippers shoulder-to-shoulder joined in communal prayers in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. Preachers in their sermons called on people to pray for Muslims in Gaza and Rafah.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with our brother and sisters who are now suffering in Palestine,” worshipper Adi Prasetya said after praying at a field in southern Jakarta. “There are many opportunities for us now to channel our help through charities."

“May Allah give strength to those ravaged by war... may those who are divided can live in peace again,” said another devotee, Berlina Yustiza.

Although Indonesia has more Muslims than any other country in the world, its traditions to mark Eid al-Adha have been influenced by other religions.

Residents in Yogyakarta, an ancient center of Javanese culture and the seat of royal dynasties going back centuries, believe that if they manage to catch the crops arranged in the form of a cone-shaped pile called “gunungan” that is paraded from the royal palace to the Kauman Grand Mosque, it can bring them good luck. They scrambled to grab various food offerings, made of fruit, vegetables and traditional snacks.

A day before the sacrifice festival, people in East Java’s Pasuruan city expressed their gratitude and respect for the sacrificial animals by dressing them as beautiful as a bride. The sacrificial cow is wrapped in a seven-fold garland, a shroud, turban and prayer mat and paraded in a tradition called “manten sapi,” or bride cow, before being handed to the sacrificial committee.

Villagers in Demak, a town in Central Java province, celebrated the holiday with a procession of livestock called “apitan” as a form of gratitude for the food and harvest. They bring food in bamboo containers to the town’s square where they eat together after praying. Locals believe the procession will provide prosperity and that disaster would come if it was abandoned.

Eid al-Adha commemorates the Quranic tale of Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice Ismail as an act of obedience to God. Before he could carry out the sacrifice, God provided a ram as an offering. In the Christian and Jewish telling, Abraham is ordered to kill another son, Isaac.

In Malaysia, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim joined thousands of congregants, including foreign tourists, and offered morning prayers at a mosque near his office in Putrajaya, south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile at a wholesale market in Selayang, just outside the capital, Muslim workers there knelt on mats placed on a large piece of white cloth laid outside the market to perform their prayers.

In his message, Anwar said the opportunity to go on the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is one of God’s great gifts and should make one more ascetic and simpler.

“I invite Muslims to live the message of simplicity that is preached in Hajj, to always be humble and not be mesmerized by the attraction of temporary worldly riches,” Anwar said, “Let’s not deviate from this goal. The world should be a bridge to the eternal land.”

Muslims in India, where they comprise 14% of the population, celebrated Eid al-Adha on Monday across the country.

In New Delhi, thousands offered prayers at the historic Jama Masjid, a 17th century mosque. Families assembled early in the morning and many people shared hugs and wishes after the prayers. Numerous merchants with goats gathered on the streets leading to the mosque where people bargained with them for the best price.

Devotees across Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation of over 170 million people, on Monday marked the festival in open fields and mosques where many prayed for a better world free from war.

More than 400,000 devotees, the country’s largest congregation, offered their prayers at a field in Kishoreganj district in the morning.

In the capital, Dhaka, a prominent imam led a gathering on the Supreme Court grounds where 35,000 men and women participated.

Millions of cattle were slaughtered across the country to celebrate the day.

Associated Press writers Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Rishi Lekhi in New Delhi and Julhas Alam in Dhaka, Bangladesh, contributed to this report.

People struggle to control a bull prepared for slaughtering on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

People struggle to control a bull prepared for slaughtering on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Women offer Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Women offer Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Muslims gather to perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo)

Muslims gather to perform Eid al-Adha prayer in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo)

A man kisses a bull before slaughtering it on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

A man kisses a bull before slaughtering it on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 17, 2024. One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 17, 2024. One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

A boy holds a ballon as muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

A boy holds a ballon as muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Men pull the carcass of a slaughtered cow whose meat would later be distributed to the needy during the celebration of Eid al-Adha in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (Abraham to Christians and jews) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Men pull the carcass of a slaughtered cow whose meat would later be distributed to the needy during the celebration of Eid al-Adha in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (Abraham to Christians and jews) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A Muslim inspects a goat's teeth before buying for Eid al Ada, near the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A Muslim inspects a goat's teeth before buying for Eid al Ada, near the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Men prepare to slaughter a cow whose meat would later be distributed to the needy during the celebration of Eid al-Adha in Selayang, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Men prepare to slaughter a cow whose meat would later be distributed to the needy during the celebration of Eid al-Adha in Selayang, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 17, 2024. One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Hazratbal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 17, 2024. One of the biggest Islamic holidays, the occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in Hyderabad, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in Hyderabad, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Devout Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A woman has her hands painted with traditional henna as she attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman has her hands painted with traditional henna as she attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman has her hands painted with traditional henna as she attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

A woman has her hands painted with traditional henna as she attends Eid al-Adha prayers at historical Badshahi mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

People struggle to control bulls prepared for slaughtering on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

People struggle to control bulls prepared for slaughtering on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the most important Islamic holiday, marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham to Christians and Jews, to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts three days, Muslims slaughter goat, sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

People struggle to control a bull for slaughtering during the celebration of Eid al-Adha, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

People struggle to control a bull for slaughtering during the celebration of Eid al-Adha, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 17, 2024. Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Muslims perform an Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Mashun Great Mosque in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock whose meat later be distributed to the needy to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (Abraham to Christians and jews) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Muslims perform an Eid al-Adha prayer at Al-Mashun Great Mosque in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice by slaughtering livestock whose meat later be distributed to the needy to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (Abraham to Christians and jews) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devout Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

A Muslim makes online transfer of money through his mobile phone after buying goats for Eid al Ada, near the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A Muslim makes online transfer of money through his mobile phone after buying goats for Eid al Ada, near the Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June. 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June. 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer in Mumbai, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer in Mumbai, India, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A Muslim attends Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

A Muslim attends Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend for Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims attend for Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2024. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to rethink his election bid, with former President Barack Obama expressing concerns to allies and Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately telling Biden the party could lose the ability to seize control of the House if he doesn’t step away from the 2024 race.

Biden’s orbit, already small before his debate fumbling, has grown even smaller in recent days. Isolated as he battles a COVID infection at home in Delaware, the president is relying on a few longtime aides as he weighs whether to bow to the mounting pressure to drop out.

Late Thursday, Montana Sen. Jon Tester became the second Democrat in the chamber — and now among nearly two dozen in Congress — calling on him to bow out, saying, “Biden should not seek reelection to another term.”

The Biden For President campaign is calling an all-staff meeting for Friday. It's heading into a critical weekend for the party as Republican Donald Trump wraps up a heady Republican National Convention in Milwaukee and Democrats, racing time, consider the extraordinary possibility of Biden stepping aside for a new presidential nominee before their own convention next month in Chicago.

As anxiety and information swirled, Biden’s closest friend in Congress and his campaign co-chair, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, told The Associated Press, “President Biden deserves the respect to have important family conversations with members of the caucus and colleagues in the House and Senate and Democratic leadership and not be battling leaks and press statements.”

The reporting in this story is based in part on information from almost a dozen people who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive private deliberations. The Washington Post first reported on Obama’s involvement.

Campaign officials said Biden was even more committed to staying in the race even as the calls for him to go mounted. And senior West Wing aides have had no internal discussions or conversations with the president about Biden dropping out. On Friday, the Democratic National Committee 's rulemaking arm expects to meet to discuss plans for the virtual roll call nominating the president in early August, ahead of the party's convention later that month.

But there is also time to reconsider. Biden has been told the campaign is having trouble raising money, and key Democrats see an opportunity as he is away from the campaign for a few days to encourage his exit. Among his Cabinet, some are resigned to the likelihood of him losing in November.

Biden, 81, tested positive for COVID-19 while traveling in Las Vegas earlier this week and is experiencing “mild symptoms” including “general malaise” from the infection, the White House said.

The president himself, in a radio interview taped just before he tested positive, dismissed the idea it was too late for him to recover politically, telling Univision’s Luis Sandoval that many people don’t focus on the November election until September.

“All the talk about who’s leading and where and how, is kind of, you know — everything so far between Trump and me has been basically even,” he said in an excerpt of the interview released Thursday.

But in Congress, Democratic lawmakers have begun having private conversations about lining up behind Vice President Kamala Harris as an alternative. One lawmaker said Biden’s own advisers are unable to reach a unanimous recommendation about what he should do. More in Congress are considering joining the others who have called for Biden to drop out.

“It’s clear the issue won’t go away,” said Vermont Sen. Peter Welch, the other Senate Democrat who has publicly said Biden should exit the race. Welch said the current state of party angst – with lawmakers panicking and donors revolting – was “not sustainable.”

Obama has conveyed to allies that Biden needs to consider the viability of his campaign but has also made clear that the decision is one Biden needs to make. The former president has taken calls in recent days from members of congressional leadership, Democratic governors and key donors to discuss their concerns about his former vice president.

Biden said Monday he hadn’t spoken to Obama in a couple of weeks.

Pelosi also presented polling to Biden that she argued shows he likely can’t defeat Republican Trump — though the former speaker countered Thursday in a sharp statement that the “feeding frenzy” from anonymous sources “misrepresents any conversations” she may have had with the president.

Pressed about reports that Biden might be softening to the idea of leaving the race, his deputy campaign manager Quentin Fulks said Thursday, “He is not wavering on anything.”

However, influential Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries are sending signals of strong concern.

Using mountains of data showing Biden’s standing could seriously damage the ranks of Democrats in Congress, frank conversations in public and private and now the president’s own few days of isolation, many Democrats see an opportunity to encourage a reassessment.

Over the past week, Schumer and Jeffries, both of New York, have spoken privately to the president, candidly laying out the concerns of Democrats on Capitol Hill. Control of the House and Senate is at stake, and leaders are keenly aware that a Republican sweep in November could launch Trump's agenda for years to come.

Separately, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington, spoke with the president last week and aired the concerns of front-line Democrats seeking election to the House.

Major political donors, particularly in Pelosi’s California, have been putting heavy pressure on the president’s campaign and members of Congress, according to one Democratic strategist. Schumer has told donors and others to bring their concerns directly to the White House.

And Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland used a baseball metaphor to suggest in a recent letter to Biden, “There is no shame in taking a well-deserved bow to the overflowing appreciation of the crowd.”

To be sure, many want Biden to stay in the race. And the Democratic National Committee is pushing ahead with plans for a virtual vote to formally make Biden its nominee in the first week of August, ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which begins Aug. 19.

Rep. James Clyburn, a senior Democrat and key Biden ally, wrapped up several days of campaigning for Biden in Nevada and said: “Joe Biden has the knowledge. He’s demonstrated that time and time again.” He warned against those who he said “have an agenda."

But among Democrats nationwide, nearly two-thirds say Biden should step aside and let his party nominate a different candidate, according to an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. That sharply undercuts Biden's post-debate claim that “average Democrats” are still with him.

The Biden campaign pointed to what it called “extensive support” for his reelection from legislators in key swing states as well as from the Congressional Black and Hispanic caucuses.

Other Democrats in Congress have shown less support, including when Biden's top aides visited Democratic senators last week in a private lunch. When Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania asked for a show of hands on who was with the president, only his own and a couple others including top Biden ally Coons went up, according to one of the people granted anonymity to discuss the matter.

Associated Press writers Joey Cappelletti in Lansing, Mich., Ellen Knickmeyer in Aspen, Colorado, Steve Peoples in Milwaukee, and Josh Boak, Will Weissert, Mary Clare Jalonick, Seung Min Kim and Stephen Groves in Washington contributed to this report.

Supporters cheer during the Republican National Convention Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Supporters cheer during the Republican National Convention Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

FILE - Chairman Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 2, 2023. Jittery Democrats seeking to hold onto Senate seats are watching the drama over Biden nervously. Even candidates who seem to be in a strong position are walking a fine line between loyalty to the president and their own political survival. Tester has offered little public support for the president since the debate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

FILE - Chairman Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 2, 2023. Jittery Democrats seeking to hold onto Senate seats are watching the drama over Biden nervously. Even candidates who seem to be in a strong position are walking a fine line between loyalty to the president and their own political survival. Tester has offered little public support for the president since the debate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The memorandum released by the White House from President Joe Biden's physician Kevin C. O'Connor to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is photographed Thursday, July 18, 2024. O'Connor says that Biden continues to experience mild upper respiratory symptoms due to COVID-19, but doesn't have a fever and his vital signs are normal. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

The memorandum released by the White House from President Joe Biden's physician Kevin C. O'Connor to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is photographed Thursday, July 18, 2024. O'Connor says that Biden continues to experience mild upper respiratory symptoms due to COVID-19, but doesn't have a fever and his vital signs are normal. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, July 16, 2024. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for Biden to reconsider his election bid. Former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden's candidacy. And Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn't step away from the race. Biden says he's not dropping out believing he's best to beat the Republican Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, July 16, 2024. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for Biden to reconsider his election bid. Former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden's candidacy. And Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn't step away from the race. Biden says he's not dropping out believing he's best to beat the Republican Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during an event in Washington, June 23, 2023. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to reconsider his election bid. Speaker Emerita Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn’t step away from the race and that polls showed he likely can’t defeat Donald Trump. And former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden’s candidacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during an event in Washington, June 23, 2023. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to reconsider his election bid. Speaker Emerita Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn’t step away from the race and that polls showed he likely can’t defeat Donald Trump. And former President Barack Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden’s candidacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - Former President Barack Obama speaks in Athens, Greece, June 21, 2023. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to reconsider his election bid. Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden’s candidacy. And Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn’t step away from the race and that polls showed he likely can’t defeat Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

FILE - Former President Barack Obama speaks in Athens, Greece, June 21, 2023. Democrats at the highest levels are making a critical push for President Joe Biden to reconsider his election bid. Obama has privately expressed concerns to Democrats about Biden’s candidacy. And Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi privately warned Biden that Democrats could lose the ability to seize control in the House if he didn’t step away from the race and that polls showed he likely can’t defeat Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

President Joe Biden takes the stage to speak at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 16, 2024. Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden takes the stage to speak at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 16, 2024. Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks to his car after stepping off of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden is returning to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks to his car after stepping off of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden is returning to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden is returning to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Biden is returning to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden leaves with Rep. Steve Horsford, D-Nev., after visiting Mario's Westside Market in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 16, 2024.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden leaves with Rep. Steve Horsford, D-Nev., after visiting Mario's Westside Market in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 16, 2024.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden speaks at a 2024 Prosperity Summit Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)

President Joe Biden speaks at a 2024 Prosperity Summit Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)

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