Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isaac). It also marks the end of the Hajj, the time of year for the Muslim religious pilgrimage.
Eid al-Adha is traditionally a celebration that is shared with non-Muslims so they can better understand Muslim culture.
The Story of Eid al-Adha
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).
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 did 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 sacrifice human life in the name of God.
The Date of Eid al-Adha
The date of Eid al-Adha changes each year because the Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar.
Eid al-Adha 2018 is from sundown to sundown, Saturday – Sunday, August 10 – 11, 2019.