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CNN’s report on significance of Eid Al-Adha to followers of religions, sects

The renowned television network CNN published an editorial highlighting the key lessons and insights derived from Eid al-Adha and its significance to believers of all religions, sects, and ethnicities.

The prominent network stated in its report, seen by Shia Waves Agency, that “while holidays are often celebrated with parties, feasts, gifts, and new clothes, experts emphasize that there are health benefits to remembering the underlying meaning of the Eid al-Adha celebration.”

The article added that “this holiday commemorates the story of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) in the Quran, who was about to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) before God replaced him with a great sacrifice.” It noted that “similar versions of this story also appear in the holy books of Christianity and Judaism.”

Monica Haider, the author of the article, described some of the features and rituals of this holiday for Muslims, such as exchanging congratulations and blessings, families participating in special prayers at local mosques before gathering with loved ones for the Eid meal, and exchanging money or gifts.

Some also perform the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and observe the ritual of offering sacrifices and sharing the meat with friends, relatives, and the poor and needy.”

Haider quotes American author and psychologist Dr. Yasmine Saad, saying, “These traditions are a reminder that giving up materialism and replacing it with pure faith and good deeds will be rewarded in both this life and the hereafter.”

She added that “these virtuous acts and social activities specific to the holiday, such as celebrating with friends and family and spreading charitable deeds, are an example of mindfulness and can be beneficial when performed regularly.”

In the same context, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mental Health and Islamic Psychology Lab at Stanford University, Dr. Rania Awad, mentioned that “the holiday is a reminder that we must strive to add more balance to our daily lives.”

The article’s author noted that “the story of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) cannot be easily transferred to our daily lives because it exemplified a severe trial. However, the lesson learned from it is the endeavor to overcome difficulties and continue with resilience and flexibility that challenges obstacles.”

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