The day of Eid approaches in the full bloom, with children laughing and birds chirping, The day that holds endless mercy of Allaah (swt) and a day of joy and a day of…… feasting? This is the question. Was the purpose of this day to fill our tummies to an extent that it becomes hard for us to even breathe? Nay! The purpose of this Eid and sacrificing an animal was to attain Taqwa. But unfortunately it has become just another ritual. Now, Eid is all about food (and dresses in the case of women) And by food I mean Nihari, Pa’ay, Haleem, 1001 more dishes and the waste of rizq. We should ask ourselves a question, do we really attain Taqwa by offering a sacrifice or is it merely a show of pride for us? What was the real purpose of this day? Allaah (swt) says :
لن ينال الله لحومها ولا دماؤها ولكن يناله التقوى منكم
Their meat will not reach Allah , nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you.
Attaining taqwa was the purpose! The purpose of this Eid was to revive the sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). The prophet who was tested by Allaah (swt) more than any other Prophet. The Prophet who was ordered to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allaah. He never questioned Allaah (swt) that why did He order him to sacrifice his beloved son. He was the Prophet to whom, when it was said ”Submit” He said,
أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
I have submitted myself (as a Muslim) to the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).
No questions asked, no regrets. He listened and he obeyed. This is how his Emaan was, this was how he submitted and this is exactly how we’re suppose to submit. This is exactly what the purpose of this day was – to submit and attain Taqwa through our sacrifice. This sacrifice of an animal is to make us realize that NOTHING in this world is permanent, nothing truly belonged to us and to HIM we’ll all return. Let’s all recheck our intentions that whether we’re doing the Qurabani to please Allaah (swt) or for some other XYZ reason. Let’s ask ourselves will we sacrifice anything besides sacrificing an animal? Will we give up our sins? Will be make this beautiful religion a part of our lives? Will we submit to Allaah (swt) like Ibrahim (AS) did? Let’s make this Eid a reason for our forgiveness and earning Allaah’s pleasure. Let’s not make this Eid just another ritual but practice it as the Sunnah of Ibrahim (AS) in a sincere way. Let’s make the best out of this Eid insha’Allaah. And let’s of course include out poor brother and sisters in our happy times. 🙂
تَقَبَّلَ اللّهُ مِنَّ وَ مِنْكُمْ
(May Allah accept it from you and us)