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On holiday of sacrifice, many Syrians cannot celebrate
For Syrians mired in civil war, now is not a time for celebration.
October 26th, 2012
10:02 AM ET

On holiday of sacrifice, many Syrians cannot celebrate

By Salma Abdelaziz, CNN

(CNN) –
Artillery shelling, water outages and food shortages, rather than presents and sweets, greeted many Syrians on the most important Muslim holiday of the year.

"There is no Eid here. What are you even talking about? How can you have Eid amid shelling? May God watch over us. We have rockets falling over us. The situation is horrific. Eid has no meaning for us," Abu Fouz, a 48-year-old resident of Aleppo, told CNN.

Eid al-Adha, literally meaning The Feast of Sacrifice, is one of two major holidays in Islam. It commemorates millions completing the holy pilgrimage called the Hajj to Saudi Arabia. It marks the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Syria

October 26th, 2012
06:56 AM ET

Suicide bomber targets worshipers outside Afghan mosque, kills 40

By Masoud Popalzai, CNN

(CNN) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque following morning prayers in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, killing at least 40 people, according to Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the northern Afghanistan police chief.

More than 50 people were wounded in the blast that occurred as worshipers finished prayers to mark the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, said Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Seddiqi.

FULL STORY
- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Afghanistan • Terrorism

October 26th, 2012
05:54 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, October 26

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Man who leaked pope's papers heads to jail
If Paolo Gabriele ever does get the pope's pardon, it won't be before he serves some jail time. Gabriele, a former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, will start his 18-month sentence in a Vatican cell Thursday for taking secret papers from the pope's personal apartment and leaking them to an author who included them in a best-selling book, the Vatican said.

CNN: 5 things to know about the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha
Five things to know about Eid al-Adha: 1. Considered one of Islam's revered observances, the four-day religious holiday corresponds with the height of the Hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that annually draws 2 million Muslims…

FULL POST

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Uncategorized

October 26th, 2012
02:56 AM ET

5 things to know about the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Five things to know about Eid al-Adha:

1. Considered one of Islam's revered observances, the four-day religious holiday corresponds with the height of the Hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that annually draws 2 million Muslims.

2. Eid al-Adha commemorates when God appeared to Abraham - known as Ibrahim to Muslims - in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son. A version of the story also appears in the Torah and in the Bible's Old Testament.

FULL STORY
- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Holidays • Islam

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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