Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Eid-ul-Adha: The Learnings

Most festivals are celebrated to commemorate an important event that happened centuries ago. These events have lessons for the mankind that are relevant even after all these centuries. Eid-ul-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice reminds us of the great sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him). It was perhaps the greatest sacrifice in the history of mankind. Eid-ul-Adha makes us realize how important it is to follow the commands of Allah (SWT). There are some lessons to be acquired from this great sacrifice:

Firstly, following the commands of Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) had asked Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only beloved son. A son that was granted to him at an extremely old age (86 years according to the Bible), and still the prophet had no hesitation in sacrificing him. The entire episode tells us the importance of obeying His commands. These commands have been conveyed to us by His prophets.

Secondly, obeying ones parents. Prophet Ismail (PBUH) was just a child of 13 years when this incident of the sacrifice occurred. Still, he was not at all hesitant in sacrificing his life just to fulfill his father's wishes.

Thirdly, shun all the thought stopping you from obeying Allah (SWT). When Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) had decided to sacrifice his son, the Satan tried to influence him and stop him from obeying the commands of Allah (SWT). Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) threw pebbles at him. Even though he knew very well that it would not harm the Satan, still this helped him remain steadfast in his decision to abide by the commands of the Almighty.

Fourthly, practicing the Islamic way of living. The most amazing and noteworthy, point to be observed in the entire episode was the perfect coherence of thought, attitude and outlook of the father and the son. We do not see any generation gap between the two because both of them were looking at life through an Islamic paradigm - that a Muslim must submit to Allah (SWT) in any circumstances and that love for Allah (SWT) is over and above any other love in the life of a Muslim. A properly practicing Muslim family does not encounter a generation gap between different generations of Muslims. A gap between two generations is caused only by the presence of un-Islamic behaviors or attitudes in either of the generations or both.

Eid-ul-Adha is not just an occasion of rituals and formalities but also an occasion to tune up ones lifestyle so that it becomes a lifestyle that is totally submerged in submission to Allah (SWT). May Allah (SWT) grant us the strength and will to emulate the examples of Ibrahim and Ismail (PBUT) in every facet of our daily struggle.


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