Part six of lessons in ‘Aqeedah
دروس عقدية مستفادة من الحج
Excerpts from The Teachings of Hajj by Abdul Razzaq ibn Abdul Muhsin
One of the glorious days of Allah is Yawm An-Nahr (The Day of Sacrifice), the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah, and the blessed day of ‘Eid Al-Adha. It is called the Day of Sacrifice because during it the Muslims seek nearness towards Allah by sacrificing designated animals. On this day, those performing Hajj sacrifice their Hady, and the Muslims in all other parts of the world sacrifice their Udhiyah-all seeking nearness to Allah by their deed. More specifically, the objective is not the mere act of sacrifice. Rather, He has prescribed for you to sacrifice these animals in order that you mention His name at the time of sacrifice, because He is truly the Creator and Provider. It is not done so that any part of the meat or blood reaches Him, since He is in no need of anything. “But it is Taqwa from you that reaches Him,” and this refers to having a sincere intention behind the act and hoping for reward from Allah.
فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ
“So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone].” (Kawthar:2)
Make your prayer and sacrifice sincerely for Him. The Mushrikun used to worship idols and sacrifice to them, so Allah commanded the Prophet to oppose them, disavow their practices, and, instead turn to Allah with a sincere, pure intention and resolve. Sacrifice is among the venerated acts of worship by which the Muslims seek nearness to their Lord. It can take the form of Hady, Udhiyah, Aqeedah, Nathr, and others as well. It is impermissible to devote this worship to other than Allah, as is the case with any other act of worship. Every act of sacrifice to other than Allah is Shirk, even if the offering is as worthless as a fly or something of that nature. We ask Allah, the Most Noble, to protect us all from committing Shirk in any form, and to make our deeds sincerely done seeking His Noble Face, and conforming to the Sunnah of His Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alaihi wassallam. (End of Excerpt)
On a personal note, I feel that Yawm An-Nahr is a day full of lessons for us. It recalls the mountainous sacrifice done centuries ago by our father Ibrahim alaihi salaam- a sacrifice that reduces all others to dust. A lesson of complete obedience shines when Ibrahim alaihi salaam readily responded to a command he saw in his dream – to sacrifice his only son, his most prized possession in this world. It was enough of a test to leave his son in the barren land of Makkah at infancy, knowing that he would be deprived of the love and care of a father due to the far distances between them. Once agian, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala tested both father and son and they instantly proved their strong Iman and sincere love for Allah without any hesitation. Further contemplation on their sacrifice leaves us in extreme awe and shame. We are commanded to do much easier tasks that would never amount to the sacrifice of a son, yet we search frantically for excuses and short-cuts. I ask Allah to make of those who love for HIS sake and hate for HIS sake, and give for HIS sake and withhold for HIS sake.
As a reward for his complete submission, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala made Prophet Ibrahim’s action a compulsory ritual of Hajj that would be emulated until the end of time by millions of Muslims from all corners of the globe.
إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَىٰ آدَمَ وَنُوحًا وَآلَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَآلَ عِمْرَانَ عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ
Allah chose Adam, Nuh (Noah), the family of Ibrahim (Abraham) and the family of ‘Imran above the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinns) (of their times). (Aal-Imran 3:33)
اللهم صلي وبارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى ال إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد
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