from Shane's Muslim Connect
This week is a big one for Muslims. Wednesday was an important holiday: Eid al-Adha.
- It’s the second biggest celebration on the Muslim calendar after Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan.
- It falls toward the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that is currently underway. A record-breaking crowd of 2 million were expected to take part in the Hajj this year.
- Eid al-Adha commemorates Abraham’s devotion to God and willingness to sacrifice (in the Muslim mind) Ishmael.
- A key part of the celebration involves families killing a lamb, goat, or cow. The family keeps one third of the meat, gives a third to extended family and the final third to people in need. (I think this may be a good model for our family’s Christmas budget. I mean the percentages! Not gutting a goat!)
- The Abe and Isaac story has a cartload of meaning for us too, doesn’t it? We see in it a foreshadowing of Jesus’ sacrifice, through which, in the words of Paul, “God was pleased. . . to reconcile to himself all things. . . .”