Happy Festival of Sacrifice and Merry Christmas

Happy Festival of Sacrifice and Merry Christmas

It’s again the time of the year for the Festival of Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha. Today, all Muslims thank to God for whatever he gives to men. So, as a member of the MyHeritage family, I would like to wish happiness to all people celebrating the day and wish them that all their prayers come true.

The historical origin of this day is thought to commemorate Abraham sacrificing his son which is a common belief in all three of the big religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam. There are other commonalities in the books of these religions, but what I am going to mention is about the timing of celebrating these special days. For the last three years, the Muslims’ Festival of Sacrifice has been in December around the same time as Christmas and Hanukkah. This is a great opportunity for every one of us to feel a climate of closer relationship between the religions. These days people from all three religions come together with their families and celebrate, become thankful for what they got, have peace with everyone and love each other even more, no matter if they are Muslims, Christians or Jews.

Next year, Eid al-Adha will be in November again, as it’s date is determined by the Islamic Lunar Calendar. So, the Festival of Sacrifice and Christmas will again be at different times. However, I wish this increased climate of understanding will continue and people from these three religions will grow their mutual understanding.

Stay with love… Stay with your family… Stay with us…

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This holiday series consists of three posts, one about Christian “Christmas”, one on Jewish “Chanukah” and one on the Muslim “Eid al-Adha”.


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  • Nicolas

    December 22, 2008

    Thanks Oguzhan to let us know more about Muslims traditions. All three big religions have a lot to understand about each other as they share common beliefs most people are not aware of, like this one in relation to Abraham’s sacrifice.