The More You Know: Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha is quickly approaching. Don’t worry – I didn’t know much (okay, anything) about Eid al-Adha before like..a week ago. But the more you know…

So Eid al-Adha translates roughly into “Feast of the Sacrifice”, a most important religious holiday for worldwide Muslims.  The feast celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. Just as in the Old Testament tale, God intervenes at the last moment and replaces Ishmael with a lamb for sacrifice instead. Further, in the Qur’ran, when Abraham explains what must happen to his son, Ishmael replies: “Father, do what you have been commanded. You will find me, Insha’Allah, to be very patient.” Indeed, Ishmael’s willingness to sacrifice his own life for the sake of God as well as his unwavering trust, was unprecedented and demonstrates both men’s trust in God. (Side note: you will hear a lot of people here say ” Insha’Allah”, which means Allah/God willing).

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Anywhoo, because of this great trust and ultimate sacrifice made by Abraham, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha! The days (October 14 and 15) consist of prayer. And because of this holiday, it is a national holiday during that whole week here in Dubai. 🙂 Barr and I are debating where/if to take a bit of a vacay as he has some time off during that week – so if you have been/have heard about any of the following cities/countries, let me know in email or the comments section! We’re also open to any other suggestions or ideas: Istanbul Turkey, Amman Jordan, Beirut Lebanon, Delhi India, Fujairah UAE,  Bentota Sri Lanka.

I know it’s still a few weeks away, but to all my non-Muslim friends, perhaps on October 14 and 15, we too can remember that great sacrifice, and also remember that the world is smaller than we think 🙂 Until next time…

Eid Prayers; Source – Wikipedia

 

3 responses to “The More You Know: Eid al-Adha

  1. I’ve just stumbled upon your blog and found the articles very interesting, especially this one.
    Will definitely share it with my friends who’s been really interested in coming to work in Dubai.
    Thanks so much for the great info. Kudos!

    • Thanks so much for your comment and passing along my blog! Hopefully they will find it useful and/or entertaining moving forward.

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