Eid al-Adha: A Holy Feast
By: Stephanie Suazo
For today’s blog, we want to commemorate those celebrating Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha lasts about 4 days and is celebrated by millions of Muslims around the world. Animals such as sheep, goats, cows, or camels are sacrificed and divided into three parts: family, friends, and those in need. Of course with sacrificing an animal there are certain rules to follow. Muslims cannot kill an animal without offering a prayer. During Eid al-Adha, it’s to fulfill a basic human need to sacrifice, eat and share. Sacrifice is for those who can afford it, which is why Eid- al-Adha is a chance to give back. It is a celebration to appreciate food, learn to sacrifice, and share with others. Known as the “Feast of Sacrifice” it is a way of giving charity or helping those in need. It is a great way of connecting with religion and with God. Eid al-Adha also brings families and friends together to feast and pray. Eid al-Adha is also about gift giving and appreciating another year of celebration.
The story behind Eid al-Adha begins when Ibrāhīm (Abraham) had a dream where God told him to sacrifice his son Ismāʿīl (Isaac) as an offering to him. Ibrāhīm was willing to sacrifice his own child at the command of God. God was impressed by Ibrāhīm’s faith and loyalty, so he had provided a sacrificial ram instead. The story has many symbolic and religious connotations about human nature. Humans are constantly tested to see how far they will go to keep their faith. Today, Eid al-Adha provides a way for many to connect with God, pray, and give back. Although Eid al-Adha gives Muslims the opportunity to pray together, it is also a testament to God to not be too attached to material things. Eid al-Adha is an opportunity for reflection and to stop being consumed by toxicity which can test your faith. As Youtuber, Mufti Menk, briefly explains: “Don’t get so attached…there is a level beyond which it becomes toxic and it even becomes dangerous for us”. During this holy feast, we must remember to accept peace, especially during troubling times. We should keep in mind that during this celebration we try to give something to a family member, friend or to the poor. This week we should focus on reflecting on what’s important rather than what we think is important. In honor of Eid al-Adha, please check out the links below to Donate.
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