Eid Al Adha

Well its literally been a minute and a half since i published my last post.

But it’s Eid!!!!!πŸŒœπŸ‘πŸŽŠ

Eid al-Adha Mubarak!

May all your selfies be on point.😜 #lol

So I remember my mom telling me the story of why we sacrifice this EID. So I am going to run down my memory lane and share this with you guys as well.😊

Thousands of years ago, Mecca valley was quite a deserted place, unsuitable for any habitation. By Allahs command, Prophet Ibraham (as) moved to Mecca with his wife Hajra and son Ismail(as).

Later he left his family to the deserted valley and returned to Cannan.
His family willingly agreed to stay in the desert by surrendering themselves to the Almighty Allah.

It became very tough to live for Hajra and Ismail(as) in the desert with very limited food and water.

And as expected one day the ration was over.

Hajra and Ismail (as) were exhausted with dehydration. They were wandering in the desert in quest of water, but never breaking their trust in Allah.

The time came when she coudnt take it anymore and collapsed and prayed for help.

And at the time Allah commanded Angel Jabriel to strok the earth and miraculously water sprang from the dry chest of the desert. This water source, known as Zamzam Well, became not only source of living for Hajra and Ismail (as) but also a life saviour for travellers passing through Mecca.

After years, Prophet Ibrahim, on instruction of Allah, returned to Mecca and constructed, near Zamzam Well, a worship place known as Kaaba.

In one of the main trials of his life, Prophet Ibraham, in his dream, was asked by Allah to sacrifice his that time only son, just 13 years old Ismail (as).

Prophet Ibraham told this incident to his son. Ismail (as) without any hesitation agreed to sacrifice his life, showing belief in Allah.

Satan tried to dissuade Prophet Ibrahim to go against Allah’s command. But Prophet Ibrahim drove away Satan by throwing pebbles at it.

Finally when Prophet Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son Ismail, Allah intervened and called out to Prophet stating that his sacrifice was already accepted and he no more needed to sacrifice Ismail instead he could sacrifice a Dumba (a kind of sheep).

Hajj and its rites were first ordained by Allah in the time of the Prophet lbrahim .

After building the Kaba, Prophet Ibrahim would come to Makkah to perform Hajj every year, and after his death, this practice was continued by his son.

However, gradually with the passage of time, both the form and the goal of the Hajj rites were changed.

This continued for nearly two and a half thousand years. But then after this long period, the time came for the supplication of Prophet Ibrahim to be answered:

“Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall recite unto them your aayaat (verses) and instruct them in the book and the Wisdom and sanctify them. Verily you are the ‘Azeezul-Hakeem [the All-Mighty, the All-Wise].”
[Surah Al-Baqarah 2:129]

Sure enough, a man by the name of Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah (prophet Muhammad saw) was born in the very city that Prophet Ibrahim had made this supplication centuries earlier.

In this way, all the pre-Islamic practices, which were based on ignorance, were abolished and Hajj was once more made a model of piety, fear of Allah, purity, simplicity and austerity

Today Mecca is thriving city and Kaaba is the most religious gathering place.

This day teaches us lesson of ultimate sacrifice of our most valuable possession to show our love and trust in The Almighty Allah. It also symbolizes willingly donation of our important means to others in order to strengthen relationships and friendships and to take care of needy and poor. Let’s celebrate the festival of sacrifice by vowing to make our lives meaningful and useful to others.

Wish you all β€œEid Mubarak”

With love and Peace
-Asma

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