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Jews, Muslims, and Christians all had holidays on Saturday, October 4th

5 10 2014

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The world’s three Abrahamic faiths are bridged their great divide in a pretty wonderful way this Saturday.

Yom Kippur, Eid Al-Adha, and St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day all fell on the same date this year — October 4.

In fact, this is the first time the important Jewish and Muslim holidays have overlapped in more than three decades. The last time it happened was in 1981, according to the Times of Israel.

Yom Kippur, which started at sundown on Friday, is a “Day of Atonement” for Jews. Much of the holiday is spent in the synagogues, where people seek to mend their relationship with God and ask for forgiveness from sins.

Muslims will used the day to remember the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his most treasured possession, his son, in order to obey Allah’s commands.

And Christians were celebrating the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, by bringing their four-legged friends to church for a special blessing.

It’s a time of prayer for all three faiths, according to the Religion News Service. The beautiful Kol Nidre prayer is sung in synagogues on Yom Kippur. Muslims came together to pray in mosques, saying a “takbir,” or “God is great” prayer. For the Feast of St. Francis, faithful Christians may meditate on the saint’s famous “Canticle of All Creatures.”

The best way to respond to this incredibly holy coincidence is by recognizing it for what it really is — a trifecta of awesome.

Think about it: This is an incredible opportunity for Muslims, Jews, and Christians to take a step back and really appreciate the wonderful way that religion makes meaning in people’s lives and to live together in peace.

So Tzom Kal, Eid Mubarak, and blessed Feast of St. Francis!

 

Source: Huffington Post

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POLAND: Animal rights versus religious rights

16 10 2013

Animal Rights Group Disrupts Muslim Eid al-Adha Ceremony In Poland

Mufti of Poland Tomasz Miskiewicz (R) speaks to animal rights activists and to reporters gathering outside the mosque in Bohoniki village, eastern Poland, on October 15, 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

Mufti of Poland Tomasz Miskiewicz (R) speaks to animal rights activists and to reporters gathering outside the mosque in Bohoniki village, eastern Poland, on October 15, 2013. Photo by Getty Images.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Animal rights activists in Poland have disturbed the start of an Islamic holiday which involves the recently banned slaughter of conscious animals.

A group of angry animal rights activists on Tuesday tried to prevent Muslim community in Bohoniki, in eastern Poland, from proceeding with the Eid al-Adha holiday, or Feast of Sacrifice, that includes cutting the throats of conscious animals.

Poland’s top Muslim leader, Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz, said the ceremony would proceed according to tradition.

Effective this year, Polish law requires all animals to be stunned before they are culled and the procedure is performed at a slaughter house. The law has hit the religious practices of Poland’s Jewish and Muslim minorities, though their rights are guaranteed by the constitution.





Eid al-Adha: Muslim holiday commemorating the sacrifice of Ishamel by Abraham

26 10 2012

Hari Raya Haji, or Eid-Al-Adha as it is known in other parts of the world is an important Muslim festival. The day is celebrated on the 10th day of the last month of the Islamic Calendar. The day is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifice of Ishamel by Abraham.

According to the story in Quran, the religious book of the Muslims, Prophet Abraham was tested by God. According to the story, about 4,000 years ago, the valley of Mecca was an uninhabited place. After years of worship, Abraham and Hajra, his wife, were blessed with a son, whom they names Ishamel. Thus, Ishamel became their most prized possession. In order to test the devotion of Abraham, God decided to command Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son Abraham. After much deliberation and many hindrances out forward by Satan, Abraham decided to sacrifice his son by placing him under the knife. However, just before he was about to sacrifice his son, God appeared, happy with Abraham’s intentions. Thus, Ishamel was saved from sacrifice and instead, a ram was sacrificed in his place.

This festival is a major festival for Muslims around the world. Muslims around the world celebrate this day with great pomp and show. Mosques are decorated with bright lights and other decorations. Muslims wake up early in the morning to offer their prayers before sunrise. After that, extravagant meals are prepared. An important tradition of the day is sacrificing a goat in the name of God. This is done to remember the sacrificial intentions of Abraham towards Allah. The roots of this tradition lie in the fact that a goat or a sheep was very important in the life of humans in the olden days for rearing and other purposes. People of all ages wear new clothes and exchange gifts on this day. The day is a public holiday in most parts of the world. People can be seen burning fire crackers at night and remembering God. Inviting non-Muslim friends and acquaintances is also a common tradition on this day. This is done to make people aware of Muslim culture and traditions. Three important things form a part of Eid celebrations in accordance with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad- offer prayer before sunrise, dress up in the best clothes available and observe general cleanliness.

In the name of Central-European Religious Freedom Institute, I wish Eid Mubarak to all Muslim believers.

Jura Nanuk,
Founder & President








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