30 Days of Prayer Int'l
Colorado Springs, CO
When Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, ends Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha. In 2023, it will begin on June 28. This is the “holiday of the sacrifice” and it remembers the story of Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son according to God’s command.
Muslims around the world take part in the days-long celebration. A sheep or similar animal is usually slaughtered and shared as a central part of the feast. Meat is shared with family and friends and special portions are given to the poor.
Meanwhile, people returning from Hajj will be specially honored and given the titles of a hajii for men, or hajah for women. This title gives great honor and esteem to those who have completed Hajj. In some places in the Middle East those who have recently returned from Mecca will put handprints from the blood of the slaughtered beast on the walls of their homes to protect from evil.
Eid al-Adha is an even more important festival than Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. In some countries, celebrations last up to four days. Muslims celebrate together, spending time with family and friends and even exchanging gifts.
This is a great time for Christians in Muslim communities to reach out and spend time in homes of Muslim friends and neighbors.
How to Pray
- Pray for Muslims returning from Hajj as they reflect on their experience to be open to the move of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
- Pray for Muslims celebrating Eid al-Adha to hear the story of Jesus, the Lamb of God.
- Pray for Christians in Muslim countries celebrating Eid to have the opportunity to celebrate with their neighbours and share the love of Christ.