The quick execution of Saddam Hussein, the Butcher of Baghdad, after his long circus-like trial was welcomed by many and condemned by some but the timing of Saddam’s death is a thing of wonder! Saddam’s death came at the end of the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, and as a prelude of sorts to the festival of Eid al-Adha.
The Hajj is a remembrance of the Prophet Abraham who is said to have been so devoted to God (Allah) that he was ready to take his son’s life at God’s (Allah’s) request. Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) follows the Hajj and lasts for three days, during which animals (sheep, goats, camels, etc.) are ritually sacrificed as a tribute to Allah and as a reminder that life (human life) is sacred.