Sunday, December 07, 2008

Cows

Its the Big feast again here in Cairo (aka Eid Kabeer)... the 40th day afer the end of Ramadan.
That means that all today people fasted... and tomorrow they will get up for morning prayers then kill something, either a sheep, or a cow ( or a chicken if they dont have much money!)

The festival is a celebration of Abraham's sacrifice- when he was asked to kill his son Isaac, but instead God stopped him and allowed him to use a sheep instead.

The area I live is full of cows right now, on rooftops, street corners and mainly lined up besides the butchers...... last night I couldn't get to sleep for ages cos they were moo-ing for all they were worth...... knowing their fate tomorrow its hard to listen to!!!

Last year, at the same feast, in the area i live in- a man had his 2 cows on the roof of his 7 storey building, he did something which was wrong morally, and religiously- he allowed one cow to see the other being killed. of course cow no.2- went crazy (mad cow) ... ran around and then jumped off the roof. It flew off the building (holy cow) and landed on, and killed, a man below.

Inshallah- no more repeats of THAT tomorrow morning!!!!!(wishing I had some ear plugs for the morning)!!!!

4 comments:

An Egyptian said...

No, no, no, it\s not Issac whom they believe saved from sacrificing by Abraham, it's Ishmael.
The feast is the celebration of Ishmael's been saved from slaying.

Lorna (aka BellyLorna!) said...

Really? In the bible its Isaac.so in the quran its Ishmael?

An Egyptian said...

yes, beautiful, if they believe it's Issac so why they celebrate it? they rather be sad, lol!

check this out
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham#In_Islam

Lorna (aka BellyLorna!) said...

thanks for that.

why sad? both brothers survived... so surely everyone is happy........