What is Pilgrimage? What Does Sacred Teach About Pilgrimages?

Moderator:
Dr. Rasha Ali, Muslim Community Center Member

Panelists:
Rabbi Michael Segal
Pastor Bryan Coble
Imam Tariq Al-Amin

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 4th 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Location of Event:
4380 N. Menard Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 

As Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. The 4-day festival honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God's command. Before he sacrificed his son, God intervened by sending angel Jibra'il (Gabriel), who then put a sheep in Ibrahim's son's place. This story is also found in the Jewish Torah and the Christian Old Testament (Genesis 22). Eid-ul-Adha this year will commence on August 10th or 11th depending on the lunar calendar.

Eid-ul-Adha enjoys special significance because the Day of Sacrifice marks the climax of Hajj or Pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam. The Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam's holiest site, and is an integral part of the Muslim faith. All Muslims, who can afford to, make the journey to Saudi Arabia at least once in their lifetime. Every year, at least two million will make the pilgrimage, circle the Kaaba, built by prophet Ibrahim, and pray to Allah. The Hajj consists of several ceremonies, meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.Each speaker has 10-12 minutes to speak on their religious perspective on the topic.  After all panelists have spoken, Dr. Rasha Ali, the moderator, will open to the floor for questions and answers. All congregations are encouraged to bring members to grow community.

 
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