How Can I Minister to Muslims During Eid al-Adha?

Jun 26, 2023 | General

What is Eid al-Adha?

In the Muslim world there are 2 big holidays that are celebrated. The first is Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the end of Ramadan. The second is Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) and will be celebrated on June 28th this year. It is the biggest of the 2 holidays. It marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Mecca in Saudia Arabia.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated in remembrance of the account of Abraham when God asked him to sacrifice his son.  The day begins with communal prayer. After which families slaughter an animal. It can be a goat, sheep, or cow. The meat is divided up and equal amounts are allotted for their family, friends, and the poor. The rest of the time is spent with family and friends and usually lasts for 3 days.

What are the spiritual implications of Eid al-Adha and how should this challenge us as Christians? Muslims believe that Allah asked Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael. Also, that Satan tempted Abraham to disobey Allah, but Abraham threw stones at Satan to drive him away.  

Muslims place great emphasis on Abraham’s faith and willingness to sacrifice his son. Their focus on his actions points to the importance of works in the Muslim faith. Muslims do not believe that God requires a sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. No attention is given to the fact that God provided a lamb for the sacrifice. This is our opportunity as Christians to use this celebration to share about Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

How can I minister to Muslims in this time?

Is there a Muslim living in your community or working at your place of employment? They will no doubt want to share with you the meaning of this holiday. Holidays are very special to them, and they are eager to discuss them with non-Muslims. As they share the story of Abraham it is an open door to remind them that God provided a lamb for Abraham and that He has also provided an atonement for our sins by sending Jesus.

During this holiday, it is important that we as Christians cover the Muslim world in prayer. They are often more receptive and open to God during these times. Pray that Muslims will understand that salvation is not through works and that Christ is their only means of salvation. Also pray for Christians who will encounter Muslims during this time, that they will be able to share about Jesus’ sacrifice for us.  As we pray, the Lord continues to work in the hearts of Muslims around the world. Eid al-Adha is an important time in the life of a Muslim and could be a turning point in their life for eternity.

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