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As I mentioned yesterday today is Eid al-Adha , where Muslims celebrate the second of two major festivals, Eid al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha. I have had many Muslims tell me that they probably eat more during the “fast” of Ramadan than at any other time of the year. They fast during daylight and after sunset they feast. They end the “fasting” with a feast on Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Adha is the feast of the sacrifice. It is a celebration of Abraham’s offering of his son and Allah’s deliverance. They believe that the son was Ishmael as taught in the Qur’an. The Bible teaches clearly that the son was Isaac, the son of promise.
The passage in Gen 22:7-8 is prophetic: “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”
Isaac knew something was missing. They were going to offer a sacrifice to the Lord and they had the fire and the wood, but they had no lamb. Abraham’s response to Isaac’s question is interesting and significant. He said “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” God provided a ram caught in a thicket and spared Abraham from sacrificing his son.
This response showed Abraham’s faith. There were times that Abraham showed a lack of faith. This is how Hagar came into the picture. Because of his lack of faith and his listening to his wife, there has been conflict between the descendents of Isaac and Ishmael until this day. As you know, the Jews are the descendents of Isaac and Arabs are the descendents of Ishmael.
You will notice that Abraham said that God would provide a lamb, but on the mountain He provided a ram. God did provide Himself as a lamb in Jesus Christ many years later. Jesus is called the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).
I might mention that one of the major differences between the Bible and the Qur’an is prophecy. The Bible is full of prophecy, much of which has already been fulfilled and the Qur’an is not. We are told that prophecy is the proof that the Bible is the Word of God (2 Peter 1:19).
When Adam and Eve fell God said, “…for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Notice that He said “in the day”, not later, but “in the day.” He did not say you might die, He said “thou shalt surely die.”
They did not fall over physically dead, they experienced a spiritual death. Death is not the cessation of existence, it is a separation. James 2:26 tells us that the body without the spirit is dead. The body still exists but it is separated from the spirit and is therefore dead. The death that Adam and Eve experienced on that day was a spiritual separation from God.
When I die my body will be placed in the grave to decompose, but my soul, because I have trusted Christ as my Saviour, will go to be with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
God made coats of animal skins for Adam and Eve to cover their sin. Many believe that they were coats made from the killing of lambs. Regardless of which kind of animal the coats were made from, the animals had to shed their blood and die. These coats were symbolic of the blood sacrifice that the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, would become to cover our sins once for all.
The sacrifice had to be the death of a man, but the man must be sinless. Since we all inherit the sin nature of our father, Adam, it had to be a man that did not come from Adam. God, in the virgin birth became that Man and offered Himself as the sinless Lamb of God for our sins that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Today, Eid al-Adha, I will be out witnessing to Muslims and telling them the what they are celebrating is a prophetic picture of Christ coming and dieing for the sins of mankind. He came as the Lamb of God to be a propitiation for our sins (Romans 3:25). I hope to get some soundbites from Muslims today, and if I do I will perhaps share them with you on tomorrow’s broadcast.
Some Muslims are now saying that our public schools must close so Muslims can enjoy their holidays. Zainab Chaudry, the Maryland chapter vice president of (CAIR) Council on American-Islamic Relations, and “Equality for Eid” co-chair offers her remarks at a press conference. Local Muslims are asking Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to close annually for two religious holidays, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, asking for equality and citing the fact that important Christian and Jewish holidays are always observed.
The fact is that this is not really true anymore. There was a time in this nation when Christian holidays were being observed, but it is not true any more. The holidays are being renamed and recycled to eliminate their Christian origins.
We also need to tell our Muslim friends that although we believe in equality for all religions, we cannot give a holiday for every religion in the world. This is still a largely Christian nation even though it is not behaving like one. We have lost our fear of God and have stopped following the Saviour and Lord upon whose precepts this nation was founded. If you don’t want your kids to miss school, and if you want to celebrate your Muslim holidays, I suggest you move to a Muslim country where they do give holidays for your special days.
This is America, and you have chosen to live here. This is a nation that has a Christian tradition and will celebrate Christian holidays. You have a choice to take your kids out of school on those holidays. Your kids will have to make up any work they missed, but you will not be further penalized.
When I was growing up in England we had an American holiday that was not celebrated by the English people. I used to joke with them and tell them that they had a thanksgiving day. It was July the 4th. It was the day they got rid of the “Yanks.”
On July 4th, in my family, we chose to take our kids out of school and celebrate this day. As my folks took me out of school and I took my children out of school to celebrate this special day with other American friends, you can choose to do the same.
What we see here is typical of what Muslims try to do when their population get big enough in another country. They will pester our law makers and other officials for “their rights.” If we don’t give in to them they will call us bigots, hate mongers, etc.
They tried this in Tennessee. Tyson Foods, the big chicken producer, was pressured by the Muslims to replace Labor Day with the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Fitr. Tyson Foods gave in to this demand. If you give them an inch they will take a yard.
Cherished American traditions are being eroded by efforts to accommodate the increasingly vocal demands of some Muslims. Fortunately groups like Act For America and God In Business heard about this and petitioned Tyson to remain neutral in the area of religion and Tyson reversed their decision. They told Tyson that bending to the Muslims requests shows weakness and we will loose ground to them.
This is what I call the “Cultural Jihad.” I have personally witnessed this in England. If you search for cultural jihad on this website and you will find a number of articles that deal with this subject.
Cultural Jihad is the struggle against our culture. It is their attempt to change our culture. This is the goal of what I call “scriptural Muslim” groups like CAIR, ISNA, MSA, and others. They are front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood and their agenda is the destruction of Western culture.
If you click on the picture with Arabic writing on the top of the right column of this site you will open a document that tells the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood. The first part of the document is in Arabic and the last part is the English translation. On page 7 of the English translation it says “The Ikhwan (brothers) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…”
Folks, that is called sedition. They are set on destroying Western civilization from within. They want to change us from a society of liberty and freedom, to change us from a democracy, into an Islamic state. This Islamic state will be oppressive. There will be tyranny and second class citizenship for non Muslims. The state religion will be Islam, and while other religions may be tolerated, they will be oppressed. This is called dhimmitude which means that all who are not Muslims will pay a special tax and will be subject to the whims of the Muslim leadership. Their goal is to destroy America completely or to make us their servant (slave) through dhimmitude.
As I said before, I have seen this in England where they have slowly whittled away at the freedoms of the English culture. Here are a few examples of how they are doing this:
There was a school that was going to put on a play about The Three Little Pigs. Out of fear of offending Muslims the changed it to The Three Little Puppies. Here is the story.
Banks banned the piggy bank for fear of offending. Muslims. Read about it here.
A cafe is harassed because the smell of bacon was offending a Muslim. Read the story here.