Alhamdulillah for Allah grace that we still alive to celebrate Eid Adha this year. Eid adha or Eid Qurban is Muslim celebration in honour of prophet Ibrahim for his devotion to Allah's command to sacrifice his first born son Prophet Ismail. When being asked by his father about Allah's command Ismail answer with maturity and willingness to sacrifice his own life for His religion "Father, do what you have been commanded. You will find me, Insha'Allah, to be very patient". With Allah willing Ismail then replaced with lamb for the scarification and both the prophets passed the test.
"O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!" So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And when (his son) was old enough to walk and work with him, (Abraham) said: O my dear son, I see in vision that I offer you in sacrifice: Now see what is your view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do what you are commanded; if Allah wills, you will find me one practising patience and steadfastness!" So when they both submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead, We called out to him saying: O Ibraheem! You have indeed fulfilled the vision; 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.
[Quran 37: 100-111]
Hmmm... Dearest son, own life are what the prophet willing to sacrifice for devotion to Allah. Surely we are not comparable with the prophet since they are maksum and siddiq that all their action and dreams are only the truth. Still we need to reflect and take lesson of the history and relevantly apply in our modern life. Ask ourself, what the least we can sacrifice for the sake of ummah and Islam? Money? Time? Strength? Or anything we can contribute?
Let skip the answer and move on to Muslim issues nowadays. Egypt, Rohingya, Syria and Palestine. It maybe too complicated to know each detail but good enough if we alert that our innocent brothers and sisters are slaughtered there. Innocent kids, elders, historical places and Islam's honor were abused and killed without mercy. It is now not just about war among religion but more to humanity that even the non Muslim shows concern regarding the issues. So what about us that bound in the name of Muslim brotherhood?
Back to Question of what we can sacrifice? Speaking as an average person these might be the little things that can be done.
- Money & strength: An average person might not contribute much but the sum of all us can be very huge.
- Time: Taking time to learn and alert of what happening can motivate individual to understand and contribute more.
- Knowledge: With IT generation internet playing a big role in curving the mind of peoples. I respect some of the so called keyboard warrior that use their knowledge, intellectual and skill to give awareness and educate internet users worldwide. Still be careful of the doubted source.
- Doa: It certainly will be very beneficial physical and spiritually. To Allah we seek for help, as He is the Almighty God that has all power, the most Merciful and the most Wise.
- Boycott: It is a simple thing to do that can give huge impact to our enemy. Start with ourself as an example and then slowly imply with family, friends and those who close to us.
Little scarification by not eating or using boycott product,
might save a life of our brother
Remember them ALWAYS, In Shaa Allah, Amin..
I visit a blog and the banner is 'we care Palestine, boycott Israel product'. His blog is like mine that write anything generally and more like a diary but still the main banner is about love Palestine. That shows how he care about Palestine and he want to remind anyone not to forget Palestine and what the least we can do. I respect that and how that small banner can move heart and educate people. Like him, me too want to change my main banner to 'love Palestine' and to show that I care about them. In Shaa Allah it will become my reminder and encourage me to care about them always. Amin..
So for Eid Qurban this year, reflect of what we can contribute to Islam and how we could help our brothers and sisters. Hopes the little thing we do is helpful and the sincerity can reach any heart to contribute and care more.
p/s- Writer is someone that still lack of knowledge but willing to learn. Please correct if spotted any mistake or misinformation especially that related to phrases from Al-Quran, hadith and fact. Your advice, critic and suggestion is much appreciated. Happy Eid Adha, maaf zahir & batin.