Eid-ul-Azha, an annual Islamic festival, is not just about buying animals for pleasure, but also about storing the meat and cooking delicacies for days on end. Eid-ul-Azha has a lot more to offer that should bring out the best virtues in us as Muslims.
The historical background of Eid al-Azha is that the Prophet Ibrahim had a dream in which he sacrificed his little son Ishmael. Ibrahim, a great believer in God, took his dream literally and wanted to sacrifice his son, who was about ten years old at the time.
But according to tradition, God Almighty sent his angels and asked him to sacrifice an animal instead of his son. The real sacrifice according to God's plan was that Ibrahim had to settle his son with his mother near Mecca, which was nothing but a huge desert at the time. This type of settlement was a huge victim of this family.
Believe in Allah and submit to Allah's will
In Eid-ul-Azha, we remember the test that Allah put four thousand years ago on the Prophet Ibrahim and his family.
The Prophet Ibrahim and his family had unwavering belief that Allah knows best and that did not even question his orders, not when Allah told the Prophet Ibrahim to leave his wife and boys Son in the distant desert of Mecca and not even when Allah commanded the Prophet Ibrahim to kill his beloved son on his way.
The Prophet Ibrahim always submitted without hesitation to Allah's will and Allah always rewarded him for his obedience and faith. By following the steps of the Prophet Ibrahim, Muslims animate the same feeling of faith and submission to Allah's will
A spiritual, mental and financial exercise
Muslims sacrifice a halal each year at the end of Haj, the holy pilgrimage of the Muslims, a journey in which Muslims spend the best of their mental, mental and physical efforts, time and money.
On the last day of the Haj, Muslim pilgrims buy the best animal they can afford, sacrifice it in the manner of Allah, distribute the meat, and celebrate the occasion by enjoying it. Muslims around the world slaughter a sacrificial animal in their respective hometowns.
The economic aspect of the sacrificial ritual is that the people who can afford to buy an animal do so and pay to the sellers, who are usually shepherds and farmers who make a living raising animals that are raised Oath to be sold.
In this way, money flows from the wealthier part of society to the poor. In addition, people distribute meat among the poor, who are allowed to eat meat because of the offer offered by others.
The animal's skin is usually donated to charities. In this way the financially less fortunate people are cared for.
Lesson for humanity
The holy feast of Eid-ul-Azha teaches us the teaching of humanity and fraternity. The sacrifice in the name of Allah shows infinite obedience to Allah. The meat that is served to the neighbors teaches us to be one, passionate and humble to each other.
The spirit of the victim leads a nation, a society and an individual to the highest rank of morality, which leads to unshakable social prosperity. We are really the guardians of a noble cause that emphasizes dignity and love for humanity.
Eidul Azha reminds us that we should not hesitate to help others and win the blessings of Allah. We as a nation should care for the poor and generously extend their charity to day laborers who are hard hit by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Islam is the religion of peace and harmony, and we as Muslims must commit to this special occasion to devote ourselves to the service of mankind and also to promote the noble cause.