Monday, October 14, 2013

Eid al-Adha Mubarak

We are on holiday because it is Eid al-Adha in Jordan.  Muslims celebrate this as the 'festival of sacrifice'.  It is important to Muslims to honour the willingness of the prophet Abraham to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismail (or Isaac from a Christian perspective as Ismail was born out of wedlock). Allah was impressed by Abraham's submission that he intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead. 

This story is present in the Old Testament of the Bible in Genesis.  (I LOVE living in a biblical land.  I am learning so much history/stories.)

Now, all over Jordan, lambs/sheep are being sacrificed to honour the festival.  People will share the feast with family and friends.  It is also a time of giving.  One of the parents at my school organized a fund raiser for orphans in poor parts of Jordan.  Our school raised 1500JD which is fantastic.  My principal promised that if the children of ACS could fill the box, she would kiss a sheep and she did!






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