Mahmoud, Stone, Abraham and Isaac


| 1/17/2012 11:20:36 AM


The Africans showed up at our door on a sunny, chilly November afternoon. Two men introduced themselves as “Stone” and “Abraham.” In the background stood a young woman with a gregarious little boy, Henry, about 2 years old. They were looking for goats.

Goats are relatively rare in our area. Beef cattle and pampered horses are the most common animals in the local pastures. So Stone and Abraham had been driving around the countryside asking farmers if they knew someone with goats. They were directed to our house. We had goats.

The Africans wanted to throw a party. In Ghana, their home country, goats provide the meat for celebratory events. I walked the visitors out to the pasture to look at two bucks we didn’t intend to keep over the winter. They agreed to buy both.

We arranged for them to come back Thursday morning – Thanksgiving by coincidence – and I would haul the goats, the men and their equipment out to an isolated pasture where the Ghanaians would take the first, mortal steps toward preparing their celebration.

Most of our young goats and sheep are sold in the fall before we start feeding hay. We deliver them to farms or slaughterhouses. For our own meat, we take them to a small, family-operated slaughterhouse where they are handled humanely and killed instantly by a blow to the head.



Either for tradition or to save money, the Ghanaians wanted to dispatch the animals themselves.

Bryan Welch
3/6/2012 11:53:01 PM

I don't see that you've actually objected to any of the facts in my piece, Jennifer, only that you object to my drawing parallels between the religions. I wonder why you find that so threatening. I've not claimed that the story, or the religions, are identical. However, the stories have the same source and the experience of reading them - from the perspective of someone who has done so in the Bible and the Koran - is very similar. I still find it a disturbing and profound story, in either Gospel.


Bryan Welch
3/6/2012 11:44:42 PM

Thanks, Heidi. I appreciate that.


Mohammad Ročka
2/29/2012 7:07:27 AM

Peace be upon you Jennifer, Bryan did NOT say he had little faith but said his faith would not be up to the challenge of being ordered to kill his own child. I would bet that all of us would find our faith wavering if we faced the same test as the Prophet Abraham, whether we were born & raised Jewish, Christian or Muslim. You may want to consider toning done your judgmental response. Two sayings of Jesus come to mind, May God's Peace and blessings always be upon him. Do not judge so that you will not be judged” Matthew 7:1 & Remove the log from your own eye before you remove the splinter from your neighbor/brother Matthew 7:3-5




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