EID MUBARAK TO ALL
Eid-Al-Adha or Eid-Ul-Adha
Or Bakr-Eid simply for us all
Calling this auspicious day
With any name
Makes hardly any difference
Factually, it is a festival of sacrifice
The festival of giving to the needy
Anything considered most costly
Which one has for giving
Thereby solidifying our faith in Almighty God.
Give this day by any name thee may prefer to call
The custom that started
When most venerable 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 devout Abraham
And also his son Ismail
Lo and behold!
After actually offering
Surprise of surprises
Found a slaughtered lamb!
Meaning the most benevolent God
Tested the love and willpower of Abraham
For Him – the benevolent One
While Abraham was obeying
The commandments of God
Satan made attempts to prevent Abraham
From scarifying his only son
But he did not care to listen to satan
The diverter of our attention from Him and His Commandments.
Instead obeyed the commands of Allah
And left for us all
A message so enduring
God loves those who 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 humankind 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
There are auspicious days occasioned due to some renowned events connected either with religions occasions or any other events of importance or connected with events of international or national importance. This day is the day of sacrifice wherein those who have something to give, share the same with those who do not have much and showcase empathy.
Eid-al-Adha or Bakr-Eid is connected with event of religious prominence and has gives us message of giving without any expectations, a message which could change our destinies and lifestyle. A positive oriented existence with complete faith on Allah.
Eid means festival 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 rock-solid 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 God. 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 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 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 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.
The lesson learned from EID:
- Sacrifice your most precious thing which you possess and the most benevolent Allah will always recompense us for our sacrifice that we make but this sacrifice should be without any expectation.
- We should be compassionate towards the needs of others. By providing succour to the needy, we actually are performing our duty towards our society.
- Those who love their fellow-beings are loved by our God.
- While fulfilling the needs of others, we should first of all, have indomitable faith on God.
- God is very merciful and we all should have faith in Him.
- We should all share our happiness and even bad moments and try to alleviate the condition of needy in whatever way we are able to do.