Eid-ul-Adha—”The Feast of the Ultimate Sacrifice”
Eid-Ul-Adha Mubarak! We celebrate the great sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail (A) for the sake of their Lord.
On this day Prophet Ibrahim was ordered to sacrifice his most beloved possession in order to please Allah. His most beloved possession in the world was his son the noble Prophet Ismail (A). He was the result of countless years of dua of Prophet Ibrahim A when he was close to 100 years of age. Prophet Ibrahim approached Prophet Ismail A when he was only 13 years old that Allah has ordered him to be sacrificed. Prophet Ismail A being a true Muslim did not hesititate at the order of Allah and told his father “Father, do what you have been commanded. You will find me, Inshallah, to be very patient.” Look at the greatness of Prophet Ismail at such a young and tender age to be willing to give up his life for His Lord. And look at the greatness of Prophet Ibrahim, Al Kahlil Allah (The Great Friend of Allah) who was willing to sacrifice his most beloved possession. May Allah shower blessings upon blessings upon them and their descendants. From their descendants came our most beloved master Prophet Muhammad (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم ).
Their story is mentioned in Surah As-Saffat “Those Who Set The Ranks:”
“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 Ismail) 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 threw him down upon his forehead, We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim! 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. And We gave him the good news of Ishaq, a prophet from among the righteous.” (37:100-112)
In following the practice of Prophet Ibrahim who sacrificed a sheep in place of Prophet Ismail on this day Muslims sacrifice an animal in the name of Allah and distribute the meat to the poor. This is done to seek the pleasure of Allah by remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice. May everyone have a blessed Eid.