(Source The Telegraph)
Muslims celebrate today Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. Here is how one of my colleagues, Perry Mansfield, National Director of World Vision Lebanon, explains the meaning of this celebration to our non-Muslim colleagues.
The sacrifice festival reminds Muslims of Abraham’s sacrifice of his own son. It is a good opportunity for Muslims and Christians to think about this event which is recorded in both the Bible (Genesis 22: 1-18) and the Qur’an (37:101-113). It tells us about Abraham’s obedient faith. When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Abraham obeyed despite the fact that it must have been very difficult for him to offer his beloved son. This story tells us also about God’s love for Abraham, for in this end God did not let Abraham sacrifice his son knowing that this would have be so painful for him. In fact God just wanted to put Abraham to the test, and as a result to strengthen and deepen his faith.
May God help each one of us to follow Abraham’s example so that we obey God even when our obedience is painful and costly. May we never forget that God loves us especially when we are going through hardship in our life, family or work. And finally let us remember that God will always provide for us what we need to come out of our trials with a stronger and more obedient faith. God bless you.
Happy Eid celebration to all my Muslim colleagues. Let us all pray and work for peace! That is what God/Allah expects.
PS For those who do not know this, Allah is the name for God in Arabic. It was use before the Christian era and it was taken over by Arab Christians, being used until today in most Arabic translations of the Bible. It is only centuries later that the name was take over by Muhammad and the Muslims.