Originally published in Dallas News
Today Muslims will be celebrating Eid al-Adha. This holiday marks prophet Abraham’s symbolic sacrifice and the close of the hajj or the pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims are enjoined to sacrifice animals, and the meat is divided equally among the poor, neighbors and family members. The Quran emphasizes the feeding of the needy when it states, “Feed, for love of Him, the poor, the orphan, and the prisoner” (76:9). This holiday also reminds us of the fact that the world’s three monotheistic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — share a common religious forefather. May this serve as commonality and a source of peace and understanding, and may this be a blessed Eid for all.