July 1, 2021
On the 20th of July 2021, our Muslim neighbours will be celebrating this key festival in their religious calendar. It comes at the end of the Hajj, which is a pilgrimage of solidarity to Mecca. This whole season for Muslims is aimed at reminding them that they are all united in Allah, and the Hajj is a pillar of the Islamic faith and must be completed by all able Muslims at least once in their lifetime.
Eid Al-Adha, comes at the end of the Hajj, and is the second of two great Eids (Festivals). Eid Al-Adha celebrates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son to God in response to his call. During this trial, in the Quran, Abraham is tempted and tested by Satan, and he overcomes by driving Satan away through throwing stones. This is why during the Hajj, Muslims throw stones as a symbol of driving away Satan.
We are so pleased to be able to support so many workers in Muslim countries and communities around the world, and for this month we want to be praying that God would show us how we can support them better as they seek to serve and come alongside.
There are so many similarities to be celebrated, and our workers come alongside our Muslim neighbours and reveal to them the truths found in the Quran and how it all points towards Jesus. So pray for them as they serve during this season of travel and celebration. That they get a chance to show that this event in the life of Abraham was a precursor to the life of Jesus and how God was willing and did sacrifice His son for us all.