Despite government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions, Muslims in Pakistan are preparing for the upcoming Eid al-Adha festival, or the Feast of the Sacrifice. It is celebrated towards the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and this year begins on July 21. Over the course of the holiday, Muslims slaughter their best animals as a symbolic tribute to the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his first. son as a supplication to God. But before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to kill instead. Before the festival, you can find sacrificial cows on many rooftops in Karachi city, as courtyards are often already overcrowded with livestock.