For CAIR to compare the festival of sacrifice to Thanksgiving is beyond hubris. For the record, Abraham wasn’t asked to sacrifice Ishmael as is islamic tradition.
Using the pay-to-play news service, Hopper submitted Awad’s work hoping to have it hit the editorial pages just in time for Thanksgiving. The comparison ends with the relative coincidence that the two dates share proximity. While 97% of Americans will be feasting this Thursday, muslims will be fasting.
This from Awad; On Friday, Muslims in America and worldwide will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha, or "festival of the sacrifice." "Eid" also commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command. The holiday is celebrated with prayers, gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings. You may hear the greeting "Eid Mubarak," or "have a blessed holiday."
And you know Thanksgiving and Eid al-Adha are now sharing the same spiritual and social space when Best Buy, for the first time, puts a "Happy Eid Al-Adha" in its "Black Friday" newspaper insert. (BTW, Janice will never, ever patronize Best Buy again)
As with Thanksgiving, Eid al-Adha is a time when everyone counts their blessings and offers thanks for friends and family, even if circumstances may not be the best in any particular year.
"The first to be summoned to paradise on the Day of Resurrection will be those who praise God in prosperity and adversity," said the Prophet Muhammad.(and extra raisins for those who martyr themselves on this night)
Being raised between two faiths, it always irked me when people would say Chanukah was the Jewish Christmas when ever it happened to fall at the end of December. The association ends there. Once again CAIR is trying to bind their beliefs to our traditions. If they want to be included in the Christmas tree lighting convert to Christianity don’t called it a holiday tree for the sake of inclusion. I'm just sayin'......