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At the end of the Hajj (annu­al pil­grim­age to Mec­ca), Mus­lims through­out the world cel­e­brate the hol­i­day of Eid al-Adha (Fes­ti­val of Sac­ri­fice). In 2006, Eid al-Adha will begin on approx­i­mate­ly Decem­ber 31st, and will last for three days. Dur­ing the Hajj, Mus­lims remem­ber and com­mem­o­rate the tri­als and tri­umphs of the Prophet Abra­ham. One of Abra­ham’s main tri­als was to face the com­mand of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hear­ing this com­mand, he pre­pared to sub­mit to Allah’s will. When he was all pre­pared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his sac­ri­fice” had already been ful­filled. He had shown that his love for his Lord super­seded all oth­ers, that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to sub­mit to God.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly for the mis­sion­ary, an under­stand­ing can be reached if a lit­tle more thought can be put into their argu­ment. The mis­sion­ary has tak­en the under­stand­ing of these vers­es out of its intend­ed con­text and is con­fus­ing Mary’s nature (since she is only human, and hence pro­cre­ates) as a cre­ation of the Almighty, with God Him­self who is the Uncre­at­ed. Cer­tain­ly, God Almighty could have tak­en a wife” and have chil­dren” or have chil­dren” with­out any con­sort what­so­ev­er (nau’zu­bil­lahi min zaa­lik).

The Israelites repent­ed about wor­ship­ping the gold­en calf BEFORE Moses returned from the moun­tain [7:149], yet they refused to repent but rather con­tin­ued to wor­ship the calf until Moses came back [20:91]. Does Aaron share in their guilt ? No [20:85 – 90], yes [20:92, 7:151].