Wishing all our Muslim brothers and sisters Happy Eid ul Adha!
Often abbreviated to Eid (which means festival), Id al-Adha is one of two major Muslim holidays. It marks the end of the Hajj, the pilgrimage at Mecca which all Muslims who can afford to do so are obliged to perform once in their life time. The Festival commemorates Abraham‘s willingness to sacrifice his son, and signifies that Muslims too are prepared to surrender for God that which they most value, the holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity.”
The Eid is universally celebrated by all Muslims, whether or not they are performing the pilgrimage. Thinking of others and recognition of co-responsibility for the welfare of all Muslims is one of the chief characteristics of this Eid, as it is of the other Eid, Id-al-Fitra. The ritually slaughtered animal is divided into three portions, one for the family, one for friends and one for the poor.
According to the Divine Principle, God founded religions and also works through history to “save fallen people and work through them to restore the original, good world” (Exposition, p 84). Islam agrees with the Divine Principle in positing that is is part of original human nature to care for the welfare of others. Thus, Islam tries to ensure that all people live at a reasonable standard, which is the ideal for all humanity, “Just as parents love all their children equally, God desires to provide pleasant living environments and living conditions equally to all His children” (Exposition, p 342).
~ New World Encyclopedia “Unification Aspects”, accessed 2020/8/1
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