Eid al-Adha

I have known about this holiday since I arrived in Indonesia, so its no surprise. The closer it gets the more I struggle. This evening the festival begins.
The energy of the city is shifting. I FEEL it!
Eid al-Adha is a Muslim religious holiday celebrated every year world wide.

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It honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first born son Ishmael in a test of devotion to Allah. Abraham ignores the temptations of the Devil to disobey, and is rewarded with a sacrificial lamb to slaughter rather than his son. Cows, Goats and Sheep, started appearing the beginning of last week in abandoned lots, used car lots (that switch from selling cars to housing animals), and mosque court yards in preparation for this religious holiday. After these animals have been sacrificed the meat is given to the poor.
As I have been traveling to and from my home everyday this past week I have seen these makeshift lots everywhere. Yesterday I stopped to pet one of these goats and stood there in tears.
I asked myself, how is this any different than what takes place in the states? We celebrate Thanksgiving much the same way. Many turkeys are gathered and sacrificed for this holiday. We also celebrate many other holidays gathered around a table where an animal was sacrificed. I have partaken in these holidays since I was born. I have also purchased and eaten the meat that was served during these social gatherings. I am still not a vegetarian.
So why am I struggling with this festival so much? Maybe because its hit closer to home, so to speak. I am now up close and personal. Its not like walking into a grocery store and seeing packaged meats on display. They bear no resemblance to the animal with 4 legs, eyes, nose, a mouth, ears and a soul that gave its life so that we may eat.
Believe me it makes a BIG difference.
Again I ask myself, what am I here to learn through this experience.
For me, it has truly opened my eyes and has helped me once again to not take beings, situations and things in my life for granted.
Each person who reads this will have there own interpretation.
We are humans…emotions will arise.
May your minds be open to receive your message.
I bless your journey.

3 thoughts on “Eid al-Adha

  1. It is interesting how, because of our supermarket culture, few people associate the animal with the meat and the process it takes to produce it. We are no longer a hunter/gatherer society. We are horrified by animals used as meat that we deem as pets. I will probably never be horrified by animals slaughtered for the purpose of sustaining human life. However I have been more saddened and horrified by tones of meat being recalled by packing companies because of corners cut to save profits. People hunting or fishing only for trophy purposes. Or animals slaughtered just for one appendage. Millions of animals lives lost for nothing. Strangely enough, people say, “look at the society we’ve become!” when we are no different that we have ever been. We are locked into our own little worlds of wants and needs, judgmental of other cultures and people we have no knowledge of, making a judgement based only on what we are told observe through the little window time in a nanosecond photo or 5 minute video of their lives. However, when it happens in a reverse experience, and someone takes a video or photo of us of something we did or do that others find offensive, we are dumbfounded that people can be so judgmental without having “walked in your shoes” so to speak. This is the reason that people must travel and leave what is comfortable and not just for a few weeks, days or hours. “Again I ask myself, what am I here to learn through this experience.
    For me, it has truly opened my eyes and has helped me once again to not take beings, situations and things in my life for granted.
    Each person who reads this will have there own interpretation.
    We are humans…emotions will arise.
    May your minds be open to receive your message.
    I bless your journey.”
    Well Said!!!!
    XOXOXOXO

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