Originally published in the Canton Repository
Despite what you might think about three of the world’s major religions — Judaism, Islam and Christianity — you might be to surprised to know that they all have much in common. They all find a common ancestor in the prophet Abraham.
All the prophets linked to Judaism and also Jesus in Christianity are greatly revered and respected as prophets in Islam. In fact, both Moses and Jesus are mentioned by name more times in the Quran than Muhammad.
This weekend, Muslims around the world will celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Adha. It is to remember Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his very son to outline the utmost obedience to God. Muslims around the world are enjoined to sacrifice animals in which one-third of the meat is given to neighbors, one-third is given to charity and one-third is kept for the household.
So this weekend, while the so-called Islamic State is barbarically slaughtering innocent lives for its own ruthless political agendas, the true followers of the Quran will be slaughtering an animal for the sake of God and charity.