Saturday, November 28, 2009

Eid Al Adha

Today all our Muslim brethren celebrate Eid Al Adha. All around town there is a festive spirit with children and adults dressed in their best flowing gowns. The town is aburst with colour. The morning air reverberated with the call for prayer from the many mosques in town reminding all of us of that moment when the Prophet Ibrahim(Abraham) did not hesitate to sacrifice his only son as an offerening in obedience to God.

According to the Holy Quran, God appeared in Prophet Ibrahim's dream and asked him to sacrifice something that was most dear to him. Prophet Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his own son, Ismail. However, when he put a knife on Ismail's throat, God replaced his son with a goat through a miracle. Consequently, it has become a tradition to slaughter livestock and feed the poor to mark the occasion.
The Bible relates a similar story telling us how God called on Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. And just as Abraham was about to slaughter his only son a voice from the heavens called out saying, "Do not lay your hand on the boy. Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son." We are then told that Abraham sacrificed instead a ram caught by its horns in a nearby thicket.

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