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Monday, September 12, 2016

Eid Al Adha ; essence and beauty of celebrations :

Eid Al Adha 


essence and beauty of celebrations :

The celebration marks the willingness of Prophet Abraham and Prophet Ismail (peace and blessings of Allah the Almighty be upon them ) in accepting most whole heartedly the command of Allah the One and Only God Almighty, Who in order to test his obedience asked Ibrahim to sacrifice his dearest, his first son, Ismail. Such was the unconditional love, devotion and sincerity of Ibrahim towards God that upon hearing the command, he prepared to submit to God's will. When he was all set for the sacrifice, God revealed to him that his "sacrifice" had already been fulfilled.

Ibrahim was surprised to see that Ismail was unharmed and instead, he found a slaughtered sheep or ram in front of him. Ibrahim had passed the test by demonstrating his willingness to carry out God's command. Through this benevolent Allah teaches mankind the essence of sacrifice and expects from all mankind Muslims similar devotions in our lives.

Obedient and immensely devoted; we all as Muslims, the very word meaning of which is “ one who submits to Allah”. In turn we reflect how we sacrifice our dearest possessions for the love of Allah; toward expressing our sincere and adorable faith in up-keeping and spreading the love and affection within our family, neighborhoods’, societies, nations, and towards all mankind. This physical, mental and spiritual essence amongst individuals and overall towards all mankind is unmatched and maintained for all times; not just during Eid Celebrations; but throughout the year to year, day to day; that these Eid Symbolized; being the true and forever blessed spirit of Islam.

Correspondingly we all obedient enough Muslims are expected to remind ourselves from the evils of all forms and things that are completely forbidden by Islam. These could include acting conceited, showing off your wealth by overindulgence in food and clothes, backbiting.... and all those that could harm not just ourselves but that with could corrode societies or mankind by refraining and in turn protecting each other; keeping the spirit of pure and holy mankind; 

the essence of which the bless religion has been bestowed to us all through all the great inspirations and sacrifices of our holy Prophets; from Adam to the Last Holy Prophet: Mohammed (peace and blessings of Allah the Almighty be upon them all).

The essence of these blessed days of Eid being: Eid ul Fitr is the way of showing gratitude to Allah, and Eid Al Adha is a time to show how much we sacrifice for Allah. Sacrifice means surrendering your possession to Allah.

The ever unmatchable level for all times to come; of the great submission of Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail were accepted by Allah the Almighty the One and Only God and it pleased Him to such a supreme degree that Allah made it a tradition to be practiced till the end of times. To commemorate the sacrifice, Muslims as a blessed tradition and symbolic reflection of gratitude, joys and happiness; all across the world sacrifice most devotionally an animal so recommended as permissible and halal, such as a sheep or a goat and the day centers around Eid prayers, blessed sacrifices of animals, giving charity and meeting up family and friends. Muslims must encouraged to include the less fortunate in the celebration. 

 Also, out of our graciousness and gratitude towards all our believing - ancestors;  as our tradition that we all till date follow;  immediately after the Eid-Prayers; it is recommended to  visit the graveyards where our forefathers and other Muslims who could not be with us for the celebrations; and pray for them too; ask blessings of Allah; that they too be purified of their sins and that they too be blessed with Jannat-Al-Firdous.

The meat from the sacrifice of Eid Al Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor, downtrodden or less fortunate within societies.

"Eid is a day of happiness and rejoice. We all must love and share as much happiness as possible within all mankind. And the best ways to distribute happiness are by the blessed gathering with our holy and devoted families, wholly sincere meeting and intimately greeting people, truly and lovingly hugging or embracing them with whole heartiness, visiting relatives and friends joyously, exchanging or distributing gifts to spread peace, love and harmony within the social fabric of mankind, giving charity for the love and blessing of Allah the Almighty, feeding the poor, the downtrodden and above all, remembering Allah by doing Dhikr (rememberance of Allah)," 

Finally and most essentially keeping up and maintaining this blessed learning and blessed teachings;  gifted to us all as a tradition in our day to day lives, throughout our lives, to prove and ultimately be blessed by Jannat-Al-Firdous. InShaAllah!!!

♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Then hasten onward from the place whence the multitude hasteneth  onward,  and ask forgiveness of Allah.  Lo!  Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

 --The Glorious Quran; 2;  baqarah,199.

Eid-ul-Adha- Mubarak to all.

 Eid -ul-Zuha,is an important 3-day  holy festival  celebrated by Muslims   over the world  to honor the willingness of hazrat Ibrāhīm (R.A) (Abraham) to sacrifice his first son Ismā’īl  (R.A) (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. The word eid means the solemn festival while  The Arabic word “Adha”means “sacrifice”,having its root in the word “duha”, which also means “light” or “illumination”. Eid al-Adha is the festival of sacrifice. It is also called Feast of the Sacrifice, the Major Festival, and the Greater.
The word “Eid” appeared in Surah e Maida;  5,verse 114 with the meaning “solemn festival”

 al Maida, Al MAisda verse 114, eid

“Said Jesus the son of Mary: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us – for the first and the last of us – a solemn festival (Eid) and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs).”

Surah e Maida; 5 verse 114

The basis Eid ul Adha come from this verse of Holy Quran:
“And complete the Hajj and ‘umrah for Allah . But if you are prevented, then [offer] what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And do not shave your heads until the sacrificial animal has reached its place of slaughter. And whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head [making shaving necessary must offer] a ransom of fasting [three days] or charity or sacrifice. And when you are secure, then whoever performs ‘umrah [during the Hajj months] followed by Hajj [offers] what can be obtained with ease of sacrificial animals. And whoever cannot find [or afford such an animal] – then a fast of three days during Hajj and of seven when you have returned [home]. Those are ten complete [days]. This is for those whose family is not in the area of al-Masjid al-Haram. And fear Allah and know that Allah is severe in penalty.”
(Surat Al-Baqarah; 2, verse 196)

The history behind Eid-ul-Adha follows the story of the faithful Hazrat  Ibraheem (R.A). he was instructed in a dream by Allah  to raise the foundations of  the holy Kaaba, a black stone, the most sacred Muslim shrine in Mecca. Immediately responding to the Lord’s call Hazrat  Ibraheem (R.A)   set off for Mecca along with his wife and son, Ishmael. hazrat  Ibraheem (R.A) had to face a lot of hardships in his way . However, he supplicated Allah’s commands uncomplaining. In a divine dream, he also saw himself sacrificing his son Ishmael for Allah’s sake. When he told this to Ishmael, the latter immediately asked his father to carry out Lord’s commands without faltering and assured that he was completely ready to give up his life for God. Abraham could not bear to watch his son die so he covered his eyes by a blindfold. When he cut Ishmael’s throat and removed the blindfold,   miraculously enough  he was astonished to see that Ishmael was unharmed and instead, he found a dead lamb  which was slaughtered, And this is what Abraham ultimately sacrificed.

In remembrance of this outstanding act of sacrifice (qurbani) by Prophet Abraham(R.A), people sacrifice a lamb, goat, ram or any other animal on Eid-ul-Adha and give the meat to friends, neighbors, relatives and the needy. People who are away from the holy pilgrimage, Hajj, also carry out this traditional sacrifice.

This is mentioned in  surah e AS-SAAFFAT  .
“O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!” So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And when (his son) was old enough to walk and work with him, (Abraham) said: O my dear son, I see in vision that I offer you in sacrifice: Now see what your view is!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do what you are commanded; if Allah wills, you will find me one practicing patience and steadfastness!” So when they both submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead, We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim! You have indeed fulfilled the vision; surely thus do We reward those who do good. Most surely this was a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice. And We perpetuated (praise) to him among the later generations. “Peace and salutation to Abraham!” Thus indeed do We reward those who do right. Surely he was one of Our believing servants.
(AS-SAAFFAT   verse 100 – 111)

(Surah e AS-SAAFFAT   verse 112 , 37:112

As a reward for this sacrifice, God then granted Abraham the good news of the birth of his second son, Is-haaq (Isaac):
“And We gave him the good news of Is-haaq, a prophet from among the righteous”
(Surah e AS-SAAFFAT   verse 112 )
Abraham had shown that his love for God superseded all others: that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dearest to him in submission to God’s command. Muslims commemorate this ultimate act of sacrifice every year during Eid al-Adha.

According to    Islamic law it is compulsory for men  (who are residents of a particular area) to offer Eid prayer while for women it is optional to offer Eid prayers.
The Eid al-Adha prayer is performed prayers on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah anytime after Sun rise before the time of  Zuhr .
  Muslims are encouraged to prepare themselves for the occasion of Eid keeping in view the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (SAW): the Sunnah.  They should make waddu (ablution) and offer fajar prayer before sun rise. They are also encouraged to wear the best clothes available and make proper care of their cleanliness.

The spirit of Eid ul Adha is a direct result of the amount of sacrifices we make prior to it. In other words, investing our time, money, and wealth translates into not only self-contentment but also to a successful and joyous Eid. .Thus, it is not surprising that even though we do not put in as much effort as we should in the month of Ramadan, the little that we do has an impact on ourselves and makes us feel deserving of celebration when Eid ul Adha comes around.
The spirit of Eid ul Adha should be to help the ones who can’t offer Qurbani (sacrifice) so that they can also be joyous on this occasion of Eid.
From all of us AlQuran Classes  we wish you a  very happy and joyous Eid . Remember all of us on the holy occasion of Eid ul Adha.

♥**♥ EID-AL-ADHA -  MUBARAK  to all ♥**♥