This year’s Eid al-Adha comes at a time of escalating war and bloodshed, with horrendous violence across Afghanistan. Many have lost dear ones. Many have been injured. Many have been displaced. Many have seen their houses and shops on fire or destroyed. And the scars of this appalling war will remain for men, women and children well into the future. Acknowledging that many people will have a difficult Eid al-Adha this year, the Afghanistan Analysts Network wishes a quiet, peaceful and, we hope, happy Eid to the people of Afghanistan, to all Muslims and to its friends and readers.Persian tile showing pilgrims the layout of the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca, seen in Vienna's World Museum (Weltmuseum).
Photo: Thomas Ruttig
May this Feast of the Sacrifice provide a respite from war and an opportunity for all parties to the tragic conflict to, as Rumi says, sacrifice their pride by starting to thrash out their differences peaceably.
خواهی که تو را کعبه کند استقبال
مایی و منی را به منا قربان کن
– مولوی (۱)
If you want the Kaaba to welcome you
Sacrifice your pride, collective and individual, at Mina (1)
(1) This is the second couplet (beit) from quatrain (ruba’i) number 1385 by Rumi (see here). The English translation is by AAN.
Mina is the neighbourhood in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where the Hajj pilgrims make sacrifices to Allah by slaughtering animals such as sheep, goats, camels and cattle.
This article was last updated on 9 Mar 2020