10 Zulhijjah 1429
Today is eidul adha. Sometimes we celebrate the eidul adha without knowing the real story about it. Without taking any lessons from it. As though it’s a day to only do qurban and nothing else. Let’s take a look at the history of our Prophets, Abraham and Ismail.
Abraham and Ishmael (PBUT) – The Sacrifice
Allah the Almighty told us of Abraham’s affliction with his beloved son: “And he said after his rescue from the fire: ‘Verily! I am going to my Lord. He will guide me! My Lord! Grant me (offspring) from the righteous.” SO We gave him the glad tidings of a forbearing boy. And when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him, he said: “O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you (offer you in sacrifice to Allah), so look what do you think!” “O my father! Do that which you are commanded InshAllah (if Allah wills), you shall find me of the patient.”Then when they had both submitted themselves to the Will of Allah and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (or on the side of his forehead for slaughtering); and We called out to him: “O Abraham! You have fulfilled the dream (vision!” Verily! Thus do Wereward those who perform good deeds, totally for Allah’s sake only. Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial and We ransomed him with a great sacrifice (a ram;) and We left for him(a goodly remembrance) among generations (to come) in later times. “Salamun (peace) be upon Abraham!” Thus indeed do We reward the Muhsineen (good doers). Verily, he was one of Our believing slaves. (Ch 37:99-111 Quran)
Time passed. One day Abraham was sitting outside his tent thinking of his son Ishmael and Allah’s sacrifice. His heart was filled with awe and love for Allah for His countless blessings. A big tear dropped from his eyes and reminded him of Ishmael.
Prophet’s Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail fot the sake of Allah exemplifies not only his sincere devotion to God.
Both father and son willingly submitted to Allah’s Command. Allah substituted a ram in Ismail’s place at the last moment.
So, the sacrifice that is offered by Muslims all over the world every year (at Eid-ul-Adha) is in commemoration of the supreme act and spirit of sacrifice offered by Prophet Abraham in lieu of his son Ismail.
what sacrifice have we done for Allah? is it ever enough? if we had to sacrifice our sons our daughter, will we be able to do it?
till then salam eidil adha to all
missing home badly..