Finding the Real Spirit behind Celebrating Eid ul Adha. One can never celebrate Eid ul Adha in America the way they used to back in Pakistan, but does that mean that you lack the spirit? This might stand true or otherwise. It depends on individuals. What actually should be the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha? Slaughtering Animals, eating meaty treats, socializing with friends or family… it that it, or there is something more to it? Let’s find out.

Each year Muslims slaughter sacrificial animals in the name of Allah to remember the great sacrifice of Prophet Ibraheem (A.S) (Called as Abraham in Bible and Tawrah). But how many of us actually know and remember exactly what happened and how many of us can actually relate to it? Do we keep this incidence in our minds while celebrating Eid ul Adha?

The real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha can be gained by recognizing the value of this incidence and by realizing the intensity of love which Prophet Ibraheem (A.S) and his son had for Allah (S.W.T). Quran words the complete incident in an extremely beautiful way. Shared under is the translation of the verses which cover the incident. Let’s read it to have a better understanding about the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha: “O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!”.

So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance (gentle). And when (his son) was old enough to walk and work with him, (Abraham) said: O my dear son, I see in vision (dream) that I offer you in sacrifice: Now tell me what is your view!” (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 (Abraham) threw him down upon his forehead, We called out to him saying: O Ibraheem! You have indeed fulfilled the vision (command); 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. (Al – Quran [37:100-111]) Quran fabulously sums up how prophet Ibraheem (A.S) was put under a challenge to sacrifice his own son for the sake of Allah and how he and his son fulfilled Allah’s command. Without any hesitation prophet Ibraheem (A.S) agreed to sacrifice his son for Allah and how Allah appreciated his efforts by making it mandatory for all the Muslims and their generations to sacrifice an animal each year to remember the event. This is the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha! – Love for Allah – Submitting to His will – Considering His command to be most important. Can you imagine the level of devotion? Can you comprehend the kind of love Prophet Ibraheem (A.S) had for Allah. What would have we done, had we been in his place?

We talk about finding the the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha, but today, we don’t even will to pay Zakat properly or do charity in the name of Allah, sacrificing something dear to us for Him is totally out of question which is indeed a shame. We fail to get the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha because we don’t slaughter our own pet goat, sheep or cow. We just buy them from the market a day before Eid and slaughter it on the Eid day. To know the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha just imagine slaughtering a pet goat, cow, sheep etc., whom you used to feed with your hands, pampered and loved immensely.

Just a thought of it runs chills down the spine, doesn’t it? The real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha in America specially is very difficult to find because of various restrictions and mostly people prefer sending money to their home town and asking their relatives to make the sacrifice on their behalf. The real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha can be obtained by following the commands of Allah just like Prophet Ibraheem (A.S) and his son Prophet Ismaeel (A.S) did. Slaughtering an aminal in Allah’s name is just a ritual, the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha lies under recalling the incident, sharing them with your friends, family, children and focusing on the lessons you get out of it. Quran explicitly mentions: “Their flesh and blood do not reach Allah, it is your piety that reaches Him.

Thus, Allah has subjected them to you, so that you may glorify Him for the guidance He has given you. Give glad tidings to those who do good. (Al – Quran [22.37]) The above mentioned verses clearly define what the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha should. But, us, the Muslims remain way too busy planning for Eid dresses, and other Preparationsthat we forget what should the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha be. No one focuses on better ways to please Allah.

We just do the formalities and think our job is done. The real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha is all about sacrifice, the willingness of quitting things for the sake of Allah, the determination of getting rid of hobbies which Allah dislikes, the way Prophet Ibraheem (A.S) and his son Ismaeel (A.S) showed the strength of their faith, their dedication, devotion and love for Allah. In a broader perspective the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha can be practiced throughout the year.

One can refrain from bad deeds for the sake of Allah. The real test lies in sacrificing your desires for the sake of attaining Allah’s blessing and pleasing Him. If you can’t do that, what’s the point in celebrating Eid ul Adha? Without having in heart the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha, Sacrificing animal remains merely a ritual with no spiritual relevance. Allah does not want your ‘heartless’ action alone, He wants His men to practice the lessons of Islam conveyed through Quran.

So, if you can’t do the sacrificial bit properly, hold on to the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha and promise yourself to get rid of a few bad habits each year, just for the sake of pleasing Allah. In shaa Allah, it will help you not only in becoming closer to Allah but also in getting control over your life. With this hope and wish that we will all keep the real spirit behind celebrating Eid ul Adha in our mind and will eliminate one bad habit from our lives, this Eid, Dawn Travels wishes everyone who is reading this blog, a very happy Eid ul Adha. May Allah bless us all, Aameen.

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