Eid al-Adha or Eid ul-Adha, the Major Festival or Feast of the Sacrifice, is a three-day Muslim holiday commemorating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son at God’s command—but it’s also the conclusion of the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage. Get started learning about it in the reference books in Credo:
Encylopedia of Islam in the United States
“Eid Mubarak” is the greeting for this holiday—Have U.S. Presidents ever said it? How do American Muslims celebrate the holiday? See “Eid al-Adha” to find out.
Reference BP 67 .U6 E53 2007
Coverage of Eid Al-Adha from specialty news sources—everything from a U.S. furor over Best Buy wishing people “Happy Eid” in a circular to commemorative stamps, feeding of the homeless, student pilgrimages and a learned discussion of the moon sighting that is part of the timing of the festival.
Pilgrimage, From The Ganges to Graceland: An Encyclopedia
Who knew there was so much running involved in a pilgrimage to Mecca—or that the Saudi government had remodeled the very landscape, with an air conditioned enclosure around two famous hills, for pilgrims? Read a detailed account of the hajj:
Reference BL 619 .P5 D38 2002
The Atlas of Holy Places and Sacred Sites
Pages 28 and 29 of this lavishly illustrated volume are on Mecca, complete with photos of the hajj in progress, including the gorgeous Ka’ba.
Reference BL 580 .W55
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
Still trying to picture hajj? Look here for diagrams of the pilgrimage route and a floor plan of the Grand Mosque, as well as social commentary on this act of “brotherhood!”
Reference BP 40 .E525 2004
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