AUGUST 12, 2019

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid
Give this Holy day any name thee may prefer to give this day
Or Eid-Ul-Adha
Or Bakr-Eid simply for us all
Makes little difference to us
Factually it is a festival of sacrifice
The festival of giving something
Of which one has the propensity of giving
Thereby solidifying our faith in Almighty God
The custom whixh started
When most revered Abraham offered
His only son named Ismail
At the command of Allah
Without even the slightest demur of any sort
A reality check or test
Which God wanted from him
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, respect and resolve of Abraham
For Him – the most benevolent One
While Abraham 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 to satan
And to drive away satan
From their midst
Stones were thrown
This is to reject the voice of satan
Even today the stoning of devil
Is done at the symbolic pillars.
The diverter of our attention
From Him and His Commandments
Instead obeyed the commands of Allah
And left for posterity,
An enduring message
God loves those who love and obey 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
By distributing love amongst all
Let’s all pray and sacrifice our ego
Which divides humanity from each other
For the overall wellbeing of the mankind
All around the world.

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

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid – A Holiest Muslim Festival

Eid means festival, a celebration, and Eid-al-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 unflinching belief in God. He willingly agreed to sacrifice his beloved son Abraham as ordained by God.

Here, Abraham’s love and reverence are of prime importance. Legend has it that Abraham agreed without even the slightest doubt to sacrifice his only promised son named Ismail on the express command of the God. The God wanted to test the love of Abraham for the general masses. Subsequently, before it could be done, Allah intervened and instead provided Abraham a lamb for the 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 was 13 years old.

In essence, this was also a test of Ismail’s maturity and faith in Allah. He himself offered to be sacrificed. When his father mentioned his (son’s) impending sacrifice, without any reservation the son offered himself. All this is evidence that it was not merely father Abraham but also Ismail was having faith in Allah’s 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. This is indicative of the love they had for Allah.

It goes to show that the will of Allah prevailed and His grace was evident when 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 the 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 for the wellness of their families and dear ones.

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 engenders in the general masses a spirit of self-sacrifice for others’ welfare/wellbeing.


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