Dear #USA; Why September 11, 2016 will be a celebration for Muslims

Dear America,

What’s happenin’? (in tune with Tupac – Letter to the President)

We find ourselves now in the month of April, and as such I feel it is pertinent to give you an early heads up that this year, if all goes according to plan, you will notice Muslims around you celebrating on September 11.

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Customary greetings during Eid

Firstly I need to get something off my chest, the entire world calls it 11-September, so get with the metric and enough of this 9/11 nonsense. Logically, dates follow an ascending order, from smallest to largest, so its days – month – year, like 10s-100s-1000s when we we were learning arithmetic in elementary school. Anyhoo, that is neither here nor there, so I digress.

Yes. This year Muslims will be celebrating Eid Al-Adha, an auspicious religious festival that dates back to the dawn of man, specifically Prophet Ibrahim, or as you call him, Abraham, specifically when he was asked by God to sacrifice his son, Is’haq, or as you call him, Isaac, as a test to his faith.

Sura 37
[37:102] Then when he was old enough to work with him, he said, “My son, I see in a dream that I am slaughtering you, so take a look, what do you see?” He said, “O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, God willing, patient.”
[37:103] Then when they both submitted and he placed his forehead on the ground.
[37:104] We called him, “O Abraham,
[37:105] you have believed the dream?” Thus, We surely reward the good doers.
[37:106] This was an exacting test.
[37:107] We made a concession for him in place of a great slaughter.
[37:108] And We preserved his history for those who followed.
[37:109] Peace be upon Abraham.
[37:110] We thus reward the good doers.
[37:111] He was one of Our believing servants.

Said concession was a Ram.

The same is mentioned in the Old Testament (here).

And as such, every Eid Al Adha, Muslims around the world partake in sacrificing of animals. Now before you jump up and down screaming PETA, you need to understand that there are certain rules regarding how the sacrifice (which sounds way worse than it really is btw, almost archaic), how the animal must not be harmed prior, how it must not see the blade, how a swift blade has to be used (not serrated) etc. The animal is then distributed amongst the poor. If memory serves, you keep a third, gift a third to friends and relatives, and donate a third to the poor and needy.

As you can see, we’re more alike than you think.

So you might ask, why this year? The Muslim calendar follows the lunar year, which moves back 11 days every year, so the timing of the Holy Month of Ramadan (fasting) moves annually, as do all other religious holidays.

So you might ask, why does it move back? Well, so everyone feels what it is like to fast at different times of the year. I remember when I was in university Ramadan was in September, now it is June. You get to fast in all seasons.

I am no religious scholar, most of what I wrote above was in jest. However, the point is the celebrations are religious, and should not be interpreted in any other way.

If Donald Trump tries to sell it in any other way, know that he is a pompous, arrogant, blowhard full of hot-air.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Google:

@ISNAHQ @YngMuslimAmer @icna @MuslimCouncil @CAIRNational

The dates may change as it depends on Lunar sighting, however, should it not, you’ve been told!

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