“And God said unto Avraham: ‘Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sara saith unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Yitzchak shall seed be called to thee. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.’” Genesis 21:12-13 (The Israel Bible™)
In a very strange set of coincidences, this September 11th may see Muslim Americans celebrating their holiest sacrificial festival while the rest of the country mourns one of the most horrific days in United States history.
Like all Muslim holidays, the festival of Eid al-Adha, known as Eid, is determined by the Muslim calendar, which varies greatly from year to year. The calendar is set in Mecca and based on the sighting of the new moon. If the moon is sighted on September first, then Eid, the Feast of the Sacrifice, will fall on the anniversary of one of America’s worst terror attacks.
2,996 people were killed and over 6,000 injured on September 11, 2001 when radical Muslim terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, destroying the Twin Towers completely and severely damaging the headquarters of the US Department of Defense.
This will be the first time since 9/11 that any Muslim holiday falls on the date, raising questions and concerns about how Muslims will celebrate on a day of mourning for all other Americans.
The holiday of Eid also happens to represent a serious conflict between Islam and Judeo-Christian Biblical tradition. It honors