Eid-Al-Adha – The Feast of Sacrifice
In the month of Dhul-Hijja, the last month of islamic calendar (this year on 6 november) muslims all over the world celebrate Eid Al Adha the end of the Hajj – pilgrimage to Mecca to commemorates Abraham’s willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son (Issac according to the Bible – Genesis 22). But muslims believe Ismael was the son to be sacrificed:
“(102)Then when he reached the age of endeavoring with him. He said, <in case Allah so decides, among the patient.> (103)So, as soon as they had both surrendered, and he dashed him upon his brow. (104)And we called out to him saying(107) And We ransomed him with a magnificent slain (sacrifice)…” Sura As-Saffat (Those Ranged in Ranks)
For Hajj is necessary to spend the night of 8 of the Dhul-Hijja month at Mina, the day of 9 at Arafat, the night at Muzdalifa and the days of Tashrik (10, 11 and 12) back to Mina where is accomplished the sacrifice (mostly of a ram or lamb). During this days, pilgrims go to Masgid Al Haram to Mecca where is Kaaba to perform the Tawaf (the 7 round of circumambulation of Kaaba) and the Say (between Safa – the rock and Marwah – the stone).
More about the pilgrimage in the Qur’an: Sura Al Baqarah (The Cow) 158, 189, 196-200; Sura Al Imran (House of Imran) 97; Sura Al-Ma’ida (The Table) 1-2, 95-“(97) Allah has made the Ka’bah, the inviolable Home, an upright for mankind, and the inviolable month, and the offering, and the garlands. That is so that you may know that Allah knows whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and that Allah is Ever-Knowing of everything.” ; Sura At-Tawbah (Repentance) 3, 19; Sura Al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage) “(26) And as We located for Ibrahim the place of the Home (saying): circumambulators, and the upright ones, and the ones oft bowing down and prostrating themselves (in prayer).” -33; Sura Al-Fath (Conquest) 27.
I wanna thank and dedicate this to a very special person: S.B.