Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Eid Mubarak

I missed this a couple of weeks ago, but Mezba Mahtab of Teaching Kids the Holy Quran wished his readers a joyous Eid Mubarak, or 'blessed festival', for Eid al Adha. This holiday commemorates the obedience of Abraham who was willing to even sacrifice his son to God (Muslims and Jews/Christians differ on which son was involved). This is also the end of the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.

This is actually the first time I've seen the Kaaba depicted in LEGO. It seems a pretty obvious build, as its cubic shape fits in with the basic LEGO architecture. The Kaaba is the holiest site in Islam. It is believed to have been built by Abraham and Ishmael. By the sixth century AD, this had become a religious structure revered by many groups, and was filled with idols. When Muhammad came to power in Mecca, he had all of these removed and rededicated the structure to the worship of Allah. Today this building is the focal point of the Hajj, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, and also the point which Muslims face each day during their prayers.

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