It is inspired by Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son and God’s last minute provision of a sacrificial lamb.
The story is pivotal to Judaism and Christianity as well as to Islam. Some details are different but the gist is the same. The episode evokes questions about the nature of God and whether a good God would ever call a parent to sacrifice their child.
Whatever words we use, the essence of Eid is to follow the dream and be prepared to take scary and costly risks for what is true and right.
In the agonizing eleventh hour Abraham hears a bleat and discovers a sheep caught up in the bushes. Eid is the festival of thanksgiving for the God of surprises.
The son and the sheep become the reminders that true living is about “putting your money where your mouth is.”
Eid Mubarak (Eid blessings) to all!
Wishing you days filled with gratitude, discovery, wonder and risk taking.
Image: Sheep near Kuwait Road, Fujairah.