Islamic Culture Society celebrates Eid al-Adha

Joseph Pottackal ('09)/ Eastside Opinions Editor

The Islamic Culture Society celebrated the religious festival of Eid al-Adha on December 9, one day after the festivity kicked off officially around the globe. 

Eid al-Adha (not to be confused with Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan) commemorates the faithfulness of the prophet Ibraham (known in Christianity and Judaism as Abraham) who was willing to sacrifice his son because God requested he do so. 

Open to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the Club’s celebration of Eid al-Adha began with an explanation of the story behind the festival followed by the deeper meaning behind the story. 

“The message behind Eid is that we should trust God,” said the club’s president, Noor Shah (‘09). “God always has our interests in mind.” 

After further discussing some of the background of the celebration, the club members split up into two teams of five to compete head-to-head in an Islam-themed version of “Jeopardy,” with categories ranging from “Muslims On Demand” to “Muslim-aneous.”  

With both teams stumped by the trivia and trying to climb back up from negative territory, the Islamic Culture Club’s celebration of Eid al-Adha proved to be an exchange of both food and ideas. 

The four-day festival of Eid al-Adha ends on December 11.