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Holiday Pick of the Month: Eid Al-Adha

by Unknown User on 2018-08-06T20:40:31-04:00 | 0 Comments

The August Holiday Spotlight shines on Eid al-Adha, or the Days of sacrifice, which is a Muslim holiday celebrated for four days during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Abraham (called Ibrahim by Muslims) to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Like Jews and Christians, Muslims also honor Ibrahim, though their telling of the story varies somewhat from that found in the biblical book of Genesis, where Abraham as an old man finally becomes the father to a son by his wife Sarah. When Isaac has grown to be a young boy, God orders Abraham to build an altar and kill Isaac. Abraham is about to comply when his hand is stayed and a ram is supplied in Isaac's place.


Works cited:

Melton, J. G. (2010). Eid al-Adha. In J. G. Melton & M. Baumann (Eds.), Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices (2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 951-952). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. Retrieved from

Browse some of our books listed below for more information on Eid al-adha:

Cover Art Islam by James A. Beverley
Call Number: 297 B571i 2001 - Hutchins Library - Circulating (3rd Floor)

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