Why the special trial happened to Ibrahim (AS)
The 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar is called Dhul Hijjah. Hajj is one of the best pillars of Islam which is prayed month. This month, there is one of the two Eids of Islam, Eid al-Adha. These two special ceremonies, Hajj and Eid al-Adha, are related to Ibrahim (AS), one of the prophets of Islam.
Following in the footsteps of Ibrahim (AS)
Many rules of Hajj are followed in the footsteps of Ibrahim (AS). Eid al-Adha also commemorates a specific event in the life of Ibrahim (AS). Allah commanded him to sacrifice his beloved son Ishmael (AS).
Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah and on this day Hajj pilgrims and able Muslims slaughter animals to honor the obedience of Ibrahim (AS) to Allah.
“Surely Ibrahim was a symbol of a people, devoted to Allah, turning away from all things, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for the grace of Allah. Allah chose him and guided him to a straight path.” (16: 120-121)
The story of sacrifice of Ibrahim(AS)
Ibrahim (AS) saw his son Ishmael sacrificing in a dream for several days in a row, which was Allah’s command over him. All the family members of Ibrahim (AS) were full of trust in Allah, so he revealed his dream to his son Ishmael. Ishmael (AS) also easily agreed to obey the command of Allah.
When they reached the place of sacrifice together, Ibrahim (AS) was getting ready to sacrifice his beloved son. At this time Satan tempted Ibrahim (AS) to disobey Allah, but Ibrahim (AS) drove out Satan.
When Ibrahim (AS) was about to stab his son in the throat, the angel Gabriel brought a lamb from Paradise and put it under the knife and the lamb was sacrificed. And the voice comes from the unseen that the sacrifice of Ibrahim (AS) has been accepted.
This was a very difficult test in the life of Ibrahim (AS) and he made his dream come true by showing that he was indeed obedient to Allah.
“And whoever fears Allah, He will give him a way out. And give him sustenance (from a source) which he cannot even imagine. Whoever puts his trust in Allah, He will suffice him.” (65: 2-3)
Celebration of Eid al-Adha
Allah replaced Ishmael (AS) with a sheep and that is why Muslims sacrifice an animal to celebrate the Eid al-Adha.
Those who are unable to perform Hajj also offer an animal sacrifice in remembrance of the trial of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
“Their flesh does not reach Allah, nor their blood, but your piety reaches Him.” (22:37)
From this verse it is understood that there is no need for the blood or flesh of Allah; In fact, Allah does not need our worship.
But for our own benefit, Allah has commanded us to return to Him and obey Him. Allah sees the piety in our hearts. In our country, the sacrificed animal is usually sheep, goats, or cows. In addition, many more animals can be sacrificed.
Distribution of sacrificial meat
Distributing the meat of the sacrifice pleases Allah a lot. Usually, one part is kept for one’s own family, one part is given to relatives and neighbors and one part is distributed among the poor.
This rule strengthens the bonds of kinship and friendship and symbolizes our encouragement to give up things that benefit us by helping those in need. Through sacrifice, we acknowledge that all blessings come from Allah alone.
Eid al-Adha begins on the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah. For those who could not go on Hajj, the day begins with Eid prayers.
It is a time of celebration, meeting family and friends, and thanking Allah for all the blessings He has given us. It demands communication with relatives, kindness to family and neighbors, and empathy and compassion for the poor.
After all, Eid al-Adha reminds us that Allah is great and that He is the source of all grace. May Allah accept our all Eid al-Adha and Sacrifice by cultivating this consciousness in our hearts. Ameen