Millions of Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha today. Remaining will celebrate it tomorrow. Whatever the day is, the spirit of sacrifice remains the same. Just a quick reminder of the history behind celebrating it.
Why Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha?
Eid-ul-Adha, is the most holier of festivals that Muslims celebrate. It marks the end of Hajj (sacred pilgrimage to the city of Mecca). Muslims are expected to perform Hajj at least once in their lifetime.
It is celebrated to memorialize Prophet Abraham’s (علیہ السلام) act of sacrificing his son Prophet Ismail (علیہ السلام) in the command of Allah. Prophet Abraham (علیہ السلام) was informed in a dream to sacrifice his (علیہ السلام) most beloved thing, his (علیہ السلام) son for the sake of Allah. When he told his son, he immediately agreed to sacrifice himself to obey the command of Allah. But Allah has already accepted their sacrifice and as Prophet Abraham (علیہ السلام) was about to sacrifice his son, Allah replaced Prophet Ismail (علیہ السلام) with a lamb.
Indeed, this is a great story of sacrifice. Most of us already know this story, still I’ve shared because sadly, some people do sacrifice animals, but they fail to understand the motive behind sacrifice. Allah wants us to sacrifice something that is our beloved.
Some people bring animals, but overload them with extra decorations. Some don’t even treat them with love and affection. They are not a means of show-off!
Remember: There is more than just flesh and blood (in other words, Seekh Kabab and Tikkay) in those animals. They too have feelings. Treat them properly!