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Published: October 4th 2012
Oh! So I just remembered a few things I didn't include in my earlier blog. First of all, it is totally normal for cats to walk in and out of our classrooms while we are in the middle of lectures, it has happened three times to me in the past two days. Secondly, I was talking with my host family last night, and I found out that there is an Eid, or holiday, on October 26 called "The Festival of Sheep", where each family buys and slaughters a sheep. There is a story in the Quran where Allah called upon Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as a way to test his faith. When Abraham was just about to take Ishmael's life, Allah commanded him not to, and provided him with a sheep to slaughter instead, pleased with Abraham's strong and unwavering faith. For this reason, each year this Eid is celebrated by the slaughtering of sheep in order to show to replicate Abraham's strong commitment to Allah. All of the meat is consumed by the family, their friends, and some is given to the poor as well. It's a very interesting and religious tradition, but Allah says the sheep must be slaughtered by cutting the jugular, and I don't think I will be able to watch that again, but thankfully my vegetarian soul will be in Europe for fall break!
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