“O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!” So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And when (his son) was old enough to walk and work with him, (Abraham) said: O my dear son, I see in vision that I offer you in sacrifice: Now see what your view is!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do what you are commanded; if Allah wills, you will find me one practicing patience and steadfastness!” So when they both submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead, We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim! You have indeed fulfilled the vision; surely thus do We reward those who do good. Most surely this was a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice. And We perpetuated (praise) to him among the later generations. “Peace and salutation to Abraham!” Thus indeed do We reward those who do right. Surely he was one of Our believing servants.

(AS-SAAFFAT   verse 100 – 111)


The feast of Eid Al-Adha is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God‘s command, before God then intervened and at the last minute is stopped, at which point a ram is provided to sacrifice instead by his angel Jibra’il and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted. The God made Ibrahim live valuable experience that to rely on God is convenient even when one does know a sense of a command.


So we woke up in Imilchil the day of the second biggest holiday in the Arabic world. We heard last night that many people were going to kill lambs on the streets. We decided to take a rest day and have a walk in the village in the morning. As we walked a man got closer and invited us for a breakfast to his house. We accepted. Later we got to know that it is very usual to invite someone for a meal in such a special day for Arabic nation. There was only a carpet and a table in the room we entered. A woman was preparing a tea and the man was trying to communicate to us. The couple gave us for breakfast a green tea with mint and sugar and the rest of the food we did not recognize. It was simple and good. Later on another guy invited us for a lunch. We ate liver with bacon and couscous. We gave thanks to all the good people we met in this village and around 4 p. m. we decided to move about 20 km to the next village to stay overnight.