Eid al-Adha

The Festival of Sacrifice celebrates the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to do this.

God appeared in a dream to Abraham and told him to sacrifice his son. Abraham and his son set off to Mina for the sacrifice. As they went, the devil attempted to persuade Abraham to disobey God and not to sacrifice his beloved son. But Abraham stayed true to God, and drove the devil away. As Abraham prepared to kill his son God stopped him and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead.

Abraham’s complete obedience to the will of God is celebrated by Muslims each year. Each Muslim, as they celebrate, reminds themselves of their own submission to God, and their own willingness to sacrifice anything to God’s wishes.

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