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Eid al Adha

It's the Eid al Adha. This celebration takes places 40 days after the holy month of Ramadan. The purpose of this big feast is to recognize when Abraham took his first born son up Mt. Moriah, to sacrifice him in obedience to God. 

The Bible teaches (Genesis 22) that this historic event included his first born son, Isaac, from his wife Sarah. Muslims are taught it is his first born son in general, Ishmael, who was the son of Sarah's maid, Hagar. The Old Testament teaches Ishmael was not the promised son; he was not born by Abraham's wife. It was the sin of Sarah's impatience and encouragement of her husband's infidelity which produced Ishmael. The Muslims have a different perspective on this.  

Many find themselves relieved when they get to the part of the text where it is written that God did not require Abraham to go through with the sacrificing of his son, but instead provided a ram. Each year, Muslims sacrifice a live animal in recognition of this event. 

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