Life Around the World….”EID”

“EID” …well first what is “EID”

“Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎ ‘Īd al-’Aḍḥá, IPA: [ʕiːd al ʔadˁˈħaː], “feast of sacrifice“) or “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead.[1]

Eid al-Adha is the latter of two Eid festivals celebrated by Muslims, whose basis comes from Sura 2 (Al-Baqara) Ayah 196 in the Qur’an.[2] Like Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha begins with a Wajib prayer of two Raka’ah (units) followed by a sermon (khuṭbah).

The word “Eid” appears in Sura al-Mai’da (“The Table Spread,” Chapter 5) of the Qur’an, meaning ‘solemn festival’.[3]

Eid al-Adha is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah (ذو الحجة) of the lunar Islamic calendar.[4] Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia by Muslims worldwide, descend from Mount Arafat. The date is approximately 70 days (2 Months & 10 days) after the end of the month of Ramadan, i.e. Eid-ul-Fitr. Ritual observance of the holiday lasts until sunset of the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah.[5]“….From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Having almost a week off… was great…time to buy my flight to Turkey…My plan was to bike along the sea-coast of Turkey with a friend….but suddenly mother nature struck…earthquakes in Turkey…I decided that I didn’t want to enter Turkey , not being sure as to what I might find…After debating as to where I might go I decided Sirlanka…I had moved too slow…no tickets available… …This is when I said to myself…let’s tour Jordan…yes…let’s tour Jordan!

So, on Monday we are off to Lot’s Cave which was discovered in 1991. This church-cave-monastery sits in the hills east of Ghoras-Safi which is at the end of the Dead Sea…  In ancient time the area below the hills was known as Zoar. After the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah Lot, Abraham’s nephew moved to the cave with his daughters… Keep tuned will post some photos soon…

About maldaoud

An american woman who has lived and traveled around the Middle East for years...
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