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The Almighty God in the Holy Qur’an which was revealed as a final injunction for the guidance and betterment of the humankind said:

 “Recall that Abraham was put to the test by his Lord, through certain commands, and he fulfilled them. (God) said, "I am appointing you an Imam for the people."…(Ch.: 2, Verse 124).


Sajid Imam Naqvi

Eid-uz-Zuha is celebrated for the commemoration of a great sacrifice During Eid-uz-Zuha which is also known as Eid-ul-Adha we remember the spirit of Prophet (Abraham) Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and how he was willing to sacrifice his treasured gem the person he loved the most, his son HazratIsma’il because it was Allah's command which he had to obey no matter what!

Eid-uz-Zuha ends the period of Hajj (the 5th pillar of Islam). Every year, about three million people go to Makkah and perform the pilgrimage together. God made the sanctuary of Ka’ba pure and sublime. As the Almighty God declared in the Holy Quran: “We have rendered the shrine (the Ka`ba) a focal point for the people, and a safe sanctuary. You may use Abraham's shrine as a prayer house. We commissioned Abraham and Isma’il: "You shall purify My house for those who visit, those who live there, and those who bow and prostrate.”.”(Ch: 2, Verse 125).

It’s an exclusively out of the world experience To be actually so near the Holy Ka’ba is to be closest to Allah.!!

Prophet Abraham prayed: "My Lord, make this a peaceful land, and provide its people with fruits. Provide for those who believe in GOD and the Last Day." (God) said, "I will also provide for those who disbelieve. I will let them enjoy, temporarily, then commit them to the retribution of Hell, and a miserable destiny."Ch: 2, Verse 125).

Celebrating Eid-uz-Zuha with your family and friends is similar to that of Eid-ul-Fitr.

On every Eid the Muslims assemble in a brotherly and joyful atmosphere to offer their gratitude to Allah by offering special prayer as thanksgiving for helping them to fulfil their moral and spiritual obligations prior to the celebration. This form of thanksgiving is not confined to outwardly seen spiritual devotion and verbal expressions. It goes far beyond that to manifest itself in the shape of social and humanitarian spirit. This Islamic form of thanksgiving is a wholesome heartfelt faith and rare combination of spiritual devotion and humanitarian benevolence.

The Muslims pray to Allah and glorify His name in an act of remembrance of His favours. Along with that, they remember the deceased by praying for their souls, the needy people by extending a helping hand, the grieved by sympathizing with them, the sick by cheerful visits and utterances of good wishes, the absentees by cordial greetings and sincere considerations. Thus the meaning of remembrance on the Day transcends all constraints and expands over far-reaching dimensions of human life.

The following verses of the Holy Qur’an in the Chapter Al-Fajr show the true face of hard-hearted people:

89:15. When the human being is tested by his Lord, through blessings and joy, he says, "My Lord is generous towards me."

89:16. But if He tests him through reduction in provisions, he says, "My Lord is humiliating me!"

89:17. Wrong! It is you who brought it on yourselves by not regarding the orphan.

89:18. And not advocating charity towards the poor.

89:19. And consuming the inheritance of helpless orphans.

89:20. And loving the money too much.

Prophet Abraham’s charity and humane attitude is, in truth, an exemplary one. He never ignored the poor,   the high and dry, the weak, or the suffering irrespective of their faith and religion. Qur’an and Islam encourage such kindness and benevolence. He never took his meal without any guest by his side to share the food.

One of the notable trials of Prophet Ibrahim was the recurring dream asking him to sacrifice his only son, whom he had in his late years of life. The acquiesced Grand Prophet   incontrovertibly submitted to the will of God; he also asked Isma’il about his dream and who also accepted it as command of God.Prophet Ibrahim laid Isma’il face down and when he tried to cut his throat, he found a dead ram slaughtered; Isma’il was unharmed. This account is also mentioned in the Holy Quran describing it as only a trial of faith.

 The most significant point of this event is our readiness to completely submit to the will of God. Because the Almighty God only requires from us to surrender our self-ego (khudi) for his will. The Almighty wants from all of us but compassion for humanity. 

 

 

 

 

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