Eid-ol Adha brings further proximity to God Almighty
By: Faez Karimi
Eid-ol Adha – an important festival in Islamic
calendar - is the day of commemoration of Prophet Abraham (peace be
upon him)’s obeying of God’s command to sacrifice his son Prophet
Ishmael (peace be upon him).
In this regard, the holy Qur’an says in Ayahs 101 and 102 of Surah
“So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And
when he attained to working with him, he said: O my son! Surely I have
seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you
see. He said: O my father! do what you are commanded; if Allah please,
you will find me of the patient ones.”
In this lively conversation a world of sincerity, content and love is
observed. Prophet Abraham and his son Prophet Ishmael (peace be upon
them) displayed the highest phase of servitude that is self-sacrifice
and submission to God.
Therefore, when Abraham (peace be upon him) lay down his son on the
floor and prepared to slaughter, God appreciate his sincerity and
miraculously sent a ram to replace Ishmael, saying as is preserved in
Ayahs 104 to 111 of Surah Safaat:
“O Abraham! You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus
do We reward the doers of good: Most surely this is a manifest trial.
And We ransomed him with the great sacrifice. And We perpetuated
(praise) to him among the later generations. Peace be on Abraham. Thus
do We reward the doers of good. Surely he was one of Our believing
Eid-ol Adha is the peak of Hajj rituals. Eid and celebration in most
cultures may be slackening of morals and indulgence in frivolities,
but in Islam, Eid brings further proximity to God Almighty. It is the
day of awareness. As Imam Ali (peace be upon him) has said: “The day
when a person does not commit any sin is a day of Eid.” Thus, the day
of Eid whether the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan that is
celebrated with prayer and thanksgiving as Eid-ol-Fetr, or the Feast
of Sacrifice, are days of rejoicing with a lofty spiritual purpose.
Eid is the day of repentance and recognition of the responsibilities.
By sacrificing an animal on the day of Eid-ol-Adha we become more
aware of the purpose of life and the message of Abraham and Ishmael
(peace be upon them).
The Holy Quran in Surah Maidah points to the sacrificial animal and
says it is a symbol of God’s blessings, unity and order among people
and preventing the community from corruption.
Ayah 37 of Surah Hajj reminds Muslims that the attributing the meat of
the sacrificial animal towards God means expression of piety in the
way of God Almighty and not that God has any need of it. Therefore,
the goal is that mankind by traversing the stages of piety strive
towards perfection. This is one of the most important lessons that we
learn from the magnificent Hajj pilgrimage.
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