When asked about the origin of Eid al-Adha, The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH), is reported to have said, “It is a tradition that has come down to us from Prophet Abraham (PBUH).”
The Feast of Sacrifice dates from the historic event when prophet Abraham (PBUH) was commanded by God, in a form of a dream vision, to sacrifice his son, Ishmail (PBUH).
“O my father! Do what thou art commanded; if God please, thou wilt find me of the patient ones” | QS 37:102.
During the Hajj (pilgrim), Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. The Qur’an describes Abraham as follows:
“Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous.” | QS 16:120-121.
The symbolism is in the attitude, a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the Straight Path. Each of us makes small sacrifices, giving up things that are fun or important to us.
A true Muslim, one who submits his or herself completely to the Lord, is willing to follow Allah’s commands completely and obediently. It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us.
“O Abraham! Thou hast indeed shown the truth of the Vision; thus We reward the doers of good. Surely this is a manifest trial” | QS 37:104-106.
Happy Ied Adh’a 1437H everyone!
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