Matt came to Al Aqaba for the first time this summer to teach English for a week while the Rebuilding to Remain Charrette was in full swing. Currently he’s studying in Amman, but he came to visit the village during his Eid break, along with his friend Nadia.
Matt and Nadia came to visit over Eid Al-Adha, an Islamic festival involving date cookies, new clothes, and the slaughtering of many sheep.
Excerpt from the other blog (gosh I’m cool…):
“Today in the adult class, I learned about Eid Al-Adha, which just ended. My students spent a few minutes compiling their thoughts on what Eid means and what they like about the holiday, and one of my students needed to Google translate the word “ransom.” I was like, huh? They explained to me that when Abraham was about to kill his son Ismael, Allah saw that he was faithful and told him to slaughter a sheep instead. So every year during Eid Al-Adha, Muslims slaughter sheep and share their meat with the poor as a way of paying the ransom of Ismael’s life to Allah. Both Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha are celebrations of great acts of worship, Eid Al-Fitr celebrating the end of Ramadan, and Eid Al-Adha celebrating the end of the Hajj.”
Happy Eid from Al Aqaba!!