CAIR-OH: ABRAHAM'S DEVOTION TO GOD INSPIRES MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS AND JEWS
[Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin is a Columbus pediatrician and president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio Chapter. Her upcoming children's book, The Best Eid Holiday Ever, is due to be published in the fall of 2007 and is about the Eid al-Adha holiday. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org]
In the current climate, I hesitate to tell people that the biggest holiday of the Muslim year celebrates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son at God's command. I worry that people will associate the observance with the political situations we are seeing and will miss the profound beauty and strength of the story. Told in both the Bible and the Quran, the episode is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims, who all honor Abraham's example, righteousness and faith.
God tested Abraham by commanding him to sacrifice his only son. Out of devotion and obedience, Abraham was willing to do so. Before the deed could take place, a ram was substituted for sacrifice. The lesson in this great trial of Abraham's is that people should love and be faithful to God above everything else.