Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bakra Eid/Eid ul Adha


Happy Eid Mubarak :)

The day was really nice, but as usual, sad in the beginning. Whenever our precious bakra (goat) is sacrificed, there is a fair amount of sadness in my heart (after all, you're just feeding it moments before, and then it's like... gone :S:S:S). But as usual, I have this further intense feeling of incredulity and increased respect/awe/reverence for Hazrat Ibrahim (May Allah be pleased with him), and HIS sacrifice... whose Sunnah we follow and celebrate Eid-ul-Adha every year.

I may have read about this sacrifice since I was a kid, and it was always a normal thing. Yeah, Hazrat Ibrahim, he passed many tests and the most important thing, he agreed to sacrifice his son, Hazrat Ismail you know. Simple. But eventually, this scenario has presented myself to me in newer ways, replete with so many more lessons in this act of worship that was performed by Hazrat Ibrahim. Some of the lessons are:

1. There is NOTHING, more important than Allah and His commands for a believer. Nothing. Not a thing. Not family, not relatives, not wealth. Nothing.

2. When a believer (a true one) is asked to do something, and he is convinced that this command is directly from Allah (like, in the case of prophets when they had dreams. In our case, whatever is ordained in the Holy Book etc), he/she does NOT use reasoning, logic, or any other human faculties in order to process that command and weigh it against the scales of reasonable/non-reasonable. And THEN obey. Nopes. The true believer will always act on that command, without any arguments, any selective reasoning, ANY line of logic.

3. This world's life will always be full of trials. There will be good parts, happy ones too. But a major portion will be trials, heavy ones. The believer is expected to expect them ... and er, accept them .. without the usual moan "why me?"... or "why always me?" or ... "How come my trials are always so difficult?" ... etc.

These lessons are important ones to remember. The key is...actually, to remember them, and somehow make use of this knowledge and the past incidents which are present in the Quran/hadith. All of them contain important lessons and reminders. Our job is to study the Quran Majeed in a manner that we realise each verse's importance, and apply it to our daily lives. I often wondered how come the Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to take just ONE Ayah (verse) of the Holy Book and study it, and contemplate on it, apply it, implement it etc.. Why just one? And now I get it. My recent forrays into the meaning behind the Quran has made me realise that it's not a Book to be taken lightly by anybody. Not something just to be recited once during the month of Ramadan, and then forgotten for the rest of the year. This is THE Book of life.. :S You (and I) have to study it each day, a little or more, doesn't matter. But every day...and ponder upon its lessons.

Hope we become what we aspire to be Insha Allah. (me more than anybody else :S -- because I seem to have these lofty expectations, and somehow, always fall short of them).

So long :)

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