Tuesday Auguat 21st, is a public holiday in Uganda. The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Most times muslims don't allow you to take photos of them. This Muslim lady, Byobona Aisha, insisted over and over that I take her photo. I hope I captured her spirit. She was full of laughter and can't wait to take the print to her.
Fyi...Eid al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. It always intrigues me how some of our stories between Muslim and Christians are very similar. This same story appears in the Bible and is familiar to Jews and Christians. One key difference is that Muslims believe the son was Ishmael rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament. Starting the key difference between the religions.
According to the Quran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to make something else as a 'great sacrifice'. In the Old Testament, it is a ram that is sacrificed instead of the son.
During the feast of Eid Al Adha, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family will eat about a third of the meal a third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.
The giving of charity in the form of money, food or clothes to the homeless or poor is another key tradition of Eid al Adha.