Eid al-Adha is an important Muslim holiday that commemorates God’s test of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) faith with his son Ishmael (Isaac). The day marks the end of the Hajj, the time of year of the Muslim religious pilgrimage.
The holiday celebration is traditionally shared with non-Muslims to increase understanding of Muslim culture.
It is a New York City holiday.
Eid al-Adha 2020
Eid al-Adha 2020 is from sundown to sundown, Thursday-Monday July 30 to August 3, 2020.
The Story of Eid al-Adha
God told Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. The devil tempted Ibrahim to ignore God’s command, but Ibrahim chased the devil away by throwing stones at him.
When Ibrahim prepared to do as he had been told, God switched his son for a ram. Ibrahim had passed the test of putting his love of God above all else.
The moral of the story is that we should trust God even with the things that are most dear to us, and be willing to make tremendous sacrifices for our faith. People of faith, all faiths, know this to be true.
[Thank you to the reader who helped correct our previous mistaken interpretation of this important story.]
The story of Eid al-Adha is known in Judaism as the Akedah, the binding of Isaac. It is in the Tora, the first book of Moses (Genesis, Ch. 22). The point is that Judaism, Christianity and Islam all share the same story.
The Date of Eid al-Adha
The date of Eid al-Adha changes each year because the Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar.