Millions of Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha, the “Feast of Sacrifice” last weekend. Female star Gigi Hadid and her boyfriend Zayn Malik were among those who celebrated the most revered observance in the Islamic religion.

The Instagram account of Gigi’s mother, Yolanda Hadid posted a photo of their family celebrating the Muslim holiday. The photo included the three sisters Gigi, Bella and Anwar, together with Yolanda herself who is a star on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

She captioned the photo, “Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating.” The Hadids observed the faith-exclusive holiday with Gigi’s boyfriend, former One Direction member Malik.

Eid al-Adha is a holiday that is celebrated by the Muslim community as they honor Ibrahim’s sacrifice of his son Ishmael to their God, Allah. This iconic religious story was centered on the theme of faith, as God tested Ibrahim’s faith, and later replaced the sacrifice with a sheep.

Hadid’s faith

Whether Gigi follows Islamic practices or she just celebrated with her Pakistani boyfriend, Life and Style magazine has the scoop on her family’s religious background.

Her youngest sister Bella, who is signed up for Victoria’s Secret fashion show this year, has been recently open about their family’s practices.

She confirmed that the brood of sisters have Palestinian roots, as well as Dutch roots, according to the article. Life and Style added that their dad, Mohamed Hadid was born in the Middle East and experienced being a refugee. He reportedly migrated to the United States when he reached his teenage years.

Bella spoke with Porter Magazine and shared that her father has always been religious. She added that she is proud of being a Muslim, and though the roots are distant, the faith is “very close to home” for their family.

Because of their religious practices, one of the Hadid sisters also told Life and Style that she feels a connection with the ongoing social climate in Syria and other neighboring Islamic states. She believes that people deserve kindness, regardless of their ethnicities.

Eid al-Adha

Last September 2 and over the weekend, Islam followers in nations such as Indonesia, India, Russia, Pakistan, and Turkey celebrated Eid al-Adha. The New York Times reported that security personnel were in full force during the feast since some groups carried out bombings during this time in the previous years.

Mosques and communities around the world offered prayers, sacrificed animals and gathered together in celebration. The holiday is also known as the “big Eid,” along with the other major feast known as Eid al-Fitr or the “holy month of fasting.”

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