By Linda Wamaitha & Allan Kai
While many of us think of Eid al-Adha as a day of celebration, coming together, interacting, and feasting, its history is rooted in a solemn act of sacrifice and devotion. This significant Islamic holiday holds deep meaning for Muslims, symbolizing selflessness and compassion. Today, Muslims worldwide will assemble for this feast of sacrifice, commemorating the profound story of Ibrahim and his unwavering faith in Allah’s command.
In Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city in Islam, Muslims gather to glorify the devotion of Ibrahim (Abraham) and his willingness to sacrifice his only son, Ismail (Ishmael), following Allah’s command. This act of obedience and submission serves as a testament to the unwavering faith of Ibrahim, which is celebrated during Eid al-Adha.