Tagged with Eid al-Adha

Bearing False Witness

Bearing False Witness

This excerpt was first published at Christianity Today on August 24. So what if a Muslim invites you to a celebration? The lamb might be tasty, but should Christians be wary? Statistics show they already are. The 2018 American Muslim Poll from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) found only 36 percent of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Precaution

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Precaution

God, As Muslims celebrate, keep their joy. As Egyptians observe, keep them safe. In Egypt and around the region, security is stepped up in prevention of extremist attacks. The pilgrimage, a time of piety for many, is a time of advertising for others. May the eid pass peacefully, God. May peace come in their supplication. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Threats

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Threats

God, The streets are quiet as Egyptian Muslims remember the sacrifice of Abraham. They slaughter a sheep, celebrate with family, and have three or four days to relax and enjoy. Throughout the country there is calm, though some are trying to disrupt it. Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, the foremost terrorist group operating out of the Sinai, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Sacrifices

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Sacrifices

God, Millions of Egyptians celebrated the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice; many also witnessed the sacrifice of others over religion. In some places Egyptians battled either institutions or each other over control of the main public squares – and with it, the right to lead the holiday sermon. In other places the sermon itself displayed opposition … Continue reading

Slaughter and Laughter

  I never realized how close in spelling those two words were until just now when I wrote them.  Interesting, huh? I chose this title after walking down a busy street here in a poorer section of Maadi.  This is the season of the Holiday of the Sacrifice, when Muslims who can afford it slaughter … Continue reading

Sheep

Emma has spent most of her life living outside the US.  However, since she is only three, she also doesn’t yet remember “most of her life.”  So when we moved to Cairo, after living in the states for six months, I was concerned about her adjustment. She had learned some Arabic words in Tunisia, but … Continue reading

Turkey Yesterday, Sheep Today, Monastery to Come

Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends, and Happy Eid to our Muslim ones. On Wednesday we celebrated Thanksgiving with some American friends here, which was a little weird, since we really don’t interact with foreigners much, outside of my office, which is multicultural anyway. It may also have been that though I felt ok enough … Continue reading