International (MNN) – Today begins Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, in the Islamic calendar. Known as the “great Eid”, it marks the end of the hajj and is celebrated around the world by Muslims of all sects.
According to the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia, the annual Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj began on July 18, with Eid al-Adha celebrated from July 20 to 22. Eid al-Adha is the second major Muslim holiday after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.
Unexplored ministries Co-founder Tom Doyle says this is a critical time for believers to pray for the Muslim world.
“They (Muslims) are looking; they want to have a personal relationship with God, ”says Doyle.
“We see God act more dramatically on Muslim holidays, because what are Muslim holy days about? They are trying to connect with God.
What is Eid al-Adha?
Eid al-Adha commemorates a father’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience, but God provides an animal to offer instead. Most Muslims sacrifice an animal in remembrance of the father’s complacency.
While the father is Abraham in the Bible and Ibrahim in the Quran, the two holy books contain a version of this event. Additionally, although the Qur’an does not list the son by name, most Muslims believe it was Ishmael. Genesis 22 shows that the son was Isaac – the son of the promise.
“They don’t know the truth. They have a history that has changed; it wasn’t Ishmael, it was Isaac, ”said Doyle.
“But most importantly, all of this is accomplished in Jesus, who died on the cross for their sins.”
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Pray that Muslims will meet Christ in visions and dreams during this holiday season. “[It] is important that we see Muslim holidays; we don’t just blow them up. Take some time and pray, ”says Doyle.
Use this free resource from Prayercast, our sister ministry, to guide your intercession. “Pray for breakthroughs. There is an opening; there is dissatisfaction with their religion. There is [a] feeling of hopelessness [among] young Muslims across the Middle East, ”says Doyle.
“A fifth of the world [is] remembering that sacrifice, but the ultimate sacrifice – the real sacrifice – is what Jesus did on the cross for the world, and that includes Muslims.
The header image depicts Muslims at an Eid al-Adha 2019 event in Delhi, India. (Photo courtesy of Shivam Garg / Unsplash)