Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha

Overview In Arabic, Eid means festival and Adha means sacrifice. Eid al-Adha is the “Feast of Sacrifice” and is considered to be the holiest Islamic holiday of the year. It begins during the last month of the Islamic Calendar, on the 10th day of Duhl-Hijjah, at the...

Elkader’s 175th Anniversary

Attention Iowans: We are excited to educate our community on Elkader’s namesake and adventures in Algeria in celebration of Elkader’s 175th anniversary of its founding. Stop by and see us from 10 am – 12 pm then join us for a picnic and brief program...
Finding Inspiration In Our Differences…

Finding Inspiration In Our Differences…

  The year 2020 brought us a global pandemic. Social distancing has created fear and isolation among many people for many months. I’ve found hope in John Kiser’s transformational book The Monks of Tibhirine, an inspiring true story that was retold in the 2010...

From Music to History, This Teacher Does It All

As a member of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I read in the monthly newsletter about the Abdelkader Education Project. I was not previously familiar with Abdelkader before the article in the newsletter mentioned the town of...

Emulating Emir Abdelkader’s Actions Today

The story of Emir Abdelkader is one of courage, humility, and justice. One of the greatest examples of justice seen in his lifetime is during the Emir’s time in Damascus, Syria in the late 1800s. During this time, the Christians of Damascus were being violently...