Eid al-Adha, 2003

February 12, 2003

Source: The Seattle Times


On February 12, 2003 The Seattle Times reported that "yesterday was a day of celebration for Muslims, the first of three days of Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice for God... But even as several thousand Muslims from across Western Washington gathered at the building in North Seattle to celebrate this Festival of Sacrifice, the drums of war were sounding, and joy mixed with anxiety... For Abdul-Razzak, 73, a Seattle man who emigrated from Iraq decades ago and still has dozens of relatives there, his abhorrence of war of any kind was mixed with a fierce desire for Iraqis to be liberated peacefully from their draconian living conditions."