Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to you all.

Today marks Eid-ul-Adha in the Islamic year 1433.  Eid-ul-Adha itself is remembrance of the prophet Abraham (or Ibrahim in Arabic) and the sacrifice he was commanded to make of the son he held dearest, Ishmael (or Ismail).  As a parent it is unimaginable how he must of had to deal with this ask, showing just how strong his faith really was and the example that it provides to us all. The account of this event is mostly the same in all three Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Christianity and Judaism). As a recognition of the importance of complete faith in God, one of the obligations of Eid-ul-Adha for all that can afford it is the sacrifice of a healthy animal in the name of the Almighty.

Eid-ul-Adha also falls during Hajj, a time when over 3 million people descend on the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the holy pilgrimage.  3 million people is roughly the population of Madrid.  It must be a logistically immense task to manage that number of people visiting the city in the space of about 10 days and is a credit to those entrusted with this task how they succeed year on year.

Eid-ul-Adha is at the same time, for those not performing Hajj, spent with family and friends enjoying food and company but is also a time to reflect on everything we have in a world where many suffer from hardship beyond our comprehension.

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