Thank you all for your EID wishes

Thank you all for your EID wishes

“…wholeness, submission, sincerity, safeness, and peace…”

The real meaning of this EID is (surely not sacrifice animals) to remember us that we should not too much hang on earthy desires/possessions and to be ready to sacrifice all of them. It is called the “EID of Hajj”.

Again from Wikipedia:

“…A 2008 study on the impact of participating in the Islamic pilgrimage found that Muslim communities become more positive and tolerant after Hajj experience. Titled Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam’s Global Gathering and conducted in conjunction with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the study noted that the Hajj “increases belief in equality and harmony among ethnic groups and Islamic sects and leads to more favorable attitudes toward women, including greater acceptance of female education and employment” and that “Hajjis show increased belief in peace, and in equality and harmony among adherents of different religions.”

Malcolm X, an American activist during the Civil Rights Movement, describes the sociological atmosphere he experienced at his Hajj in the 1960s as follows:

There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and the non-white. America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought patterns previously held.

Happy Eid and may the world forget about differences and concentrate on – and celebrate similarities! Naïve wish? I do not agree, since to be able to reach a point, first we have to imagine and wish. I never give up.