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Realizing the true essence of Eid-ul-Azha

Amid all struggles it is time to realize the true essence of Eid-ul-Azha and extend our helping hands to the distressed. The affluent people should stand by the poor to ensure the equity, enlightened with the spirit of Eid-ul-Azha
Alaul Alam
Realizing the true essence of Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul-Azha is the second biggest religious festival for the Muslims. The 10th day of Zilhajj, the last month of Islamic calender, is celebrated as Eid-ul-Azha or the Feast of Sacrifice. The Muslim Ummah performs the rituals of Eid-ul-Azhaafter the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The Qurbani or Eid-ul-Azha bears the evidence of great sacrifice. It commemorates the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) who as was commanded by the Almighty Allah decided to sacrifice his dearest son, Hazrat Ismail (AS) thousands years ago.
The Iblis (Devil) tempted Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to disobey the command of the Almighty to spare his son but he did not deviate from his firm determination. Neither the Iblis had any scope to mislead Hazrat Ismail (AS). The holy Quran states, ‘He (Ismail) said, “O my father! Do as you are commanded. If Allah wills, you shall find me of the patient (Qur’an, 37:102)”. With the consent of Hazrat Ismail (AS), the prophet Ibrahim (AS) arranged everything only to please Allah. When he was about to sacrifice Ismail (AS), Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb instead to sacrifice. This is an example of deep obedience of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to Allah.
Since the time of Prophet Mohammad(SM), the Muslims have sacrificed animals on Eid-ul-Azha to honour the spirit of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). In Islam it is mandatory for the Muslims to slaughter animals who afford after the prayer of Eid-ul-Azha. But one thing is very important to know that Allah doesnot want the animal or its meat. The Almighty Allah is pleased to see the devotion of the Muslims to Him. Eid-ul-Azha gives a clear message of piety, charity as well as equality. The holy Quran states, “Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you (22:37)”.
Obviously, the significance of Qurbani is much more than the slaughtering of an animal and the distribution of its meat, rather it is more than a commemorative ritual. Through Qurbani we affirm our complete submission to Allah and want to be rewarded by the Almighty Who has promised to give us. Again, it is a great opportunity to purify the wealth of those who make a sacrifice to please Allah.
But more often we forget the essence of Eid-ul-Azha. Actually, it is not about displaying the most expensive and magnificent sacrifice. Neither it is about purchasing animal for mere enjoyment or storing meat and cooking delicious for that. Truly, it is all about obedience to Allah and showing equity to the humanity. The true happiness lies in distributing the meat of the sacrificed animals among the poor and the distressed people. It is also a practice to kill the beast which exists in us and purify our soul with the true essence of Eid-ul-Azha.
However, Eid festivities have ebbed to a great extent among the believers. For almost two years the Muslims have been celebrating their Eid festivities with many restrictions. Happiness, socialization and spontaneity of Eid are hardly found during the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Enduring the new variants of coronavirus, spikes in infections and deaths, depleting savings, job losses have caused huge frustration and sufferings in people. Due to facing the prolonged crisis a great number of people have listed their names into new poor. Above all, there is hardly any sector where Covid is not putting its cruel clutches.
However, amid all struggles it is time to realize the true essence of Eid-ul-Azha and extend our helping hands to the distressed. The affluent people should stand by the poor to ensure the equity, enlightened with the spirit of Eid-ul-Azha. Let our sacrifice on the holy day be the symbol of support for the humanity.

The writer teaches at Prime University. He is also a research scholar at the IBS. Email: [email protected]
 

 

 

 

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