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Moroccan king pardons 350 prisoners ahead of Eid al-Adha

RABAT, Morocco —King Mohammed VI of Morocco approved pardon for 350 prisoners on the occasion of Eid al-Adha holiday, according to a statement from the Moroccan justice ministry on Sunday.

Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims throughout the world.

The 315 prisoners had their prison terms reduced, 16 prisoners benefited from pardon over their remaining prison terms, and the others had their fines annulled, the statement read.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated on Monday in Morocco and around the Muslim world.

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event.

Muslims around the world commemorate this ultimate act of sacrifice every year during Eid al-Adha. While Abraham was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, God ultimately prevents the sacrifice, additionally signifying that one should never sacrifice a human life, especially not in the name of God.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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