HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS ON BAKR-EID – Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid



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


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


We may call this festival Eid-Al-Adha

Or Eid-Ul-Adha


Or Bakr-Eid simply

Makes little difference on the intent side

Factually it is a festival of sacrifice

The festival of giving something

Most precious that one has for giving

The custom that started

When most venerable Abrahim offered

His only son named Ismail

At the command of Allaha

Without even a slightest demur of any sort

A reality check or test

Which God wanted

From 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 – the benevolent One

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 Allaha

And left for us all,

An enduring message

God loves those who obeys Him

And are ready to sacrifice anything

On His bidding

May this day brings a feeling of self sacrifice

So that needs of all are met engendering love amongst masses.


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 a goat. This festival is celebrated with great solemnity and reverence across the world as a tribute to Prophet Ibrahim’s rock solid belief in God. He willingly agreed to sacrifice his beloved son Abraham as ordained by God.

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 Allaha 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 intervenes to pollute the mind of Abraham and exhorts him for not obeying the commandments of beloved God. But Abraham remained committed to the will of God and that is why this day is remembered as a day of sacrifice.

Devout visit Mecca to offer prayers on this day.

Apart from prayers, offering sacrifice (Qurbani) is also undertaken. Then the meat of the sacrificed goat, a healthy one, is distributed amongst family, friends and also given to the needy ones. May this day engender in the general masses a spirit of self sacrifice for others’ welfare.

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