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Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

02 Oct

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

 

Call it Eid-Al-Adha

Or Eid-Ul-Adha

Eid-Ul-Zuha

Or Bakr-Eid

Makes little difference on the intent

Factually it is a festival of sacrifice

The festival of giving something

Most precious that one aspired

The custom that started

When Abrahim offered

His only son named Ismail

At the command of Allaha

Without even a slightest demur

A reality check or test

Which God wanted

On devout Abraham

And also his son Ismail

Lo and behold!

After actually offering

Supreme sacrifice

Surprise of surprises

Found a slaughtered lamb!

Meaning benevolent God

Tested the love and resolve of Abraham

For Him

While Abrahim was obeying

The commandments of God

Satan made attempts to dissuade

Abraham

Not to sacrifice his only son

But he did not care to listen satan

Instead obeyed the commands of God

And left a sweet lesson for us all

God loves those who obey Him

And are ready to sacrifice anything

On His bidding.

 

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

 

Holy Quran mentions about this day as ‘solemn festival’.

Eid means festival and Eid-au-Adha means Festival of sacrifice or it is termed as Bakr-Eid meaning celebration with the sacrifice of goat,

Here, Abraham’s love and reverence is of prime importance. Legend has it that Abraham agreed without even a slightest demur to sacrifice his only promised son named Ismail on the express command of God. God wanted to test the love of Abraham for the general masses. Subsequently, before it could be done, Allaha intervened and instead provided Abraham a lamb for sacrifice that is why this day of sacrifice is also termed as Bakr’Eid. At that time the age of Abraham was 99 years and his son only 13 years.

This was also a test of Ismail’s maturity and faith in Allah. He himself offered to be sacrificed. When his father mentioned about his (son’s) impending sacrifice, without any reservation the son offered himself. All this is evident that it was not merely father Abraham but also Ismail were having faith in Allaha commandments. It was really unprecedented. Willingness on the part of both father and son to accept the will of God is dear to both besides being dear to our     God.

It goes to show that the will of Allah prevailed and His grace was evident while He provided a lamb for sacrifice in place of Abraham. It also goes to show that our benevolent God tests our sacrificing spirit even the precious of all our only son, in real sense of terms. Besides, remaining steadfast to the will of our God too was under test. In the meanwhile, the Satan intervene to pollute the mind of Abraham for not obeying the commandments of beloved God. But Abraham remained committed to the will of God.

Devout visit Mecca to offer prayer.

Besides prayers, offering sacrifice (Qurbani) is also undertaken. Then the meat is distributed to the poor people.

 

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10 Comments

Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Inner Thoughts

 

10 responses to “Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

  1. Semra Polat

    October 2, 2014 at 6:57 am

    In the Qur’an the story of Ibrahim and Ismail (as) will appear as follows:

    “O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!” So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And when (his son) was old enough to walk and work with him, (Abraham) said: O my dear son, I see in vision that I offer you in sacrifice: Now see what is your view!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do what you are commanded; if Allah wills, you will find me one practising patience and steadfastness!” So when they both submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead, We called out to him saying: O Ibraheem! You have indeed fulfilled the vision; surely thus do We reward those who do good. Most surely this was a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice. And We perpetuated (praise) to him among the later generations. “Peace and salutation to Abraham!” Thus indeed do We reward those who do right. Surely he was one of Our believing servants. (Quran As-Saffat: 37:100-111)

    Ibrahim (AS) had shown that his love for Allah was greater than any other love. It is this ultimate fact on which Muslims around the globe commemorate as a command of Allah (swt) until judgment day. What an honor.

    Mashallah.. Dear Brother, very nice post about Eid ul Adha….May ALLAH showers uncountable blessings upon you and your family always…!!

     
    • Harbans

      October 2, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Respected sister Semara Polat,thanks a lot for your most enlightening addon. A treasure trove of lesson.

      All this, and many more, go to show that those who LOVE our CREATOR are loved by Him in many others ways. Commandments of Gods are to be obeyed with sincerity. The one does so never faces any hurdle in life. The lesson out of this is, as enunciated by you:

      ‘Ibrahim (AS) had shown that his love for Allah was greater than any other love. It is this ultimate fact on which Muslims around the globe commemorate as a command of Allah (swt) until judgment day. What an honor.’

      Allaha may be with us all at all occasion guiding us to follow right path.

      With regards

       
    • Harbans

      October 6, 2014 at 3:43 am

      Semra sister: EID MUBARAKH to you and your dear ones. May this pious day brings us peace and prosperity for all.

       
      • Semra Polat

        October 6, 2014 at 11:52 am

        Amin, dear Brother !

        Thank you very much and same to you and all Muslim world !

         
      • Harbans

        October 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

        Thanks respected sister.

        May His bounties remain with all the humanity.

        With kind regards

         
  2. Sharmishtha Basu

    October 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Christianity and Islam are so very similar!

     
    • Harbans

      October 5, 2014 at 6:29 am

      In a way yes. But I find the basic thrust of all the religions and their scriptural content is similar and centres on a SOURCE – with slight variants while proceeding on the way but while it merges with the source these are similar.

      Words and phrases may differ but ultimate REALITY is the same.

      Thanks and regards

       
      • Sharmishtha Basu

        October 5, 2014 at 8:04 am

        hinduism resembles roman, egyptian or greek religions most. Guess it was a bit dependent on era in which the religions evolved.

        I had a friend from Pakistan who used to translate Quran Sharif in his blog, and I have read lots of Christian scriptures in internet, I was totally clean bowled by their stunning resemblance.

        As for stories of Hinduism and Greek, Roman mythology I grew up with them. They are too similar! Same Gods, Goddesses, heaven, hell…

         
      • Harbans

        October 5, 2014 at 10:32 am

        Hindus, Egyptian and Roman, Greek et al religions are oldest and their philosophies are similar.

        You are absolutely right which you say Christianity and Muslim scriptures have many things common. I too find it so after going through Bible and Quran.

        I am really impressed and enamored by your association with Greek, Roman and Hinduism philosophies. Just incredible.

        Thanks for enriching my outlook.

        Regards

         
  3. Harbans

    October 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Sharmishtha ji you are absolutely right. I too have read the scriptures of all great religions and have come to the conclusion that all take us to GREAT SOURCE – by different PATHWAYS. Islamic and Christian have similarities and that is good for us that all the religions revolve around a SINGLE SOURCE.

    i am really enamored by your interest in religions. Just incredible.

    Regards

     
 
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