Schools are closed, workplaces are vacant and the world is put on pause for Eid al-Adha. Possibly one of the most important festivals for Muslims worldwide, Eid al-Adha is commemorated on the tenth day of the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. Four days are spent in dedication to this festival, and the reason it is celebrated and the story behind it is shockingly familiar.
Eid al-Adha is also called the “festival of sacrifice.” Muslims celebrate this “festival of sacrifice” as they remember Ibrahim (Abraham in the Bible) and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael to Allah. Muslims in turn, sacrifice a goat or lamb in the name of Allah to show him their strong dedication and reverence. After the sacrifice, some of the animal’s meat will be given to the poor, and family and friends will enjoy the rest. There will also be a trip to the mosque, where Muslims will wear their nicest clothing and offer prayers to Allah and listen to the imam’s lesson.
However, the Islamic religion tells the story differently than the BIble. See, in the Bible the God of Heaven provided a lamb, perfect and spotless to die in place of Isaac. What is the significance of the lamb? The lamb represented Jesus Christ, the Son of God who would lay down his life for the whole world’s sins.
Hebrews 9:12 says, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Sadly, Muslims in India have not yet heard of Jesus’ redemption through His sacrifice. They trust in their sacrifices and work to gain favor with Allah, who cannot see them, hear them, or save them. Please be in prayer for the Muslims in India and that missionaries will go tell them of eternal redemption found in Christ!