Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Four thousand years ago Prophet Ibrahim was ready to sacrifice his only son in the name of Allah today we celebrate his dedication to God by spending money on food, clothing and gifts all for ourselves.

Indian Muslims gather for Eid al-Adha prayers at Jama Masjid on October 27, 2012 in New Delhi, India.
Photo credit- Arabian Business

Eid al Adha means the "festival of sacrifice". The sacrifice here is not the animal rather it means sacrificing our most precious possession like Prophet Ibrahim, who did not think twice before sacrificing his beloved son. Even though physically we perform the ritual of sacrificing an animal, what do we do spiritually?

What do I do to show my dedication to God? Do I reflect on the significance of Prophet Ibrahim's sacrifice? Is my faith strong enough to make the same sacrifice as him? Do I really put God before myself?  Do I posses the virtue of sacrifice at all? Islam is not about shallow meaningless rituals rather it teaches us to reflect, think and question at every step of life, to seek answers and grow both emotionally and spiritually.

Eid and Shopping!
Photo credit- Somalianarab Princess

Its unfortunate that the highlights of our Eid today include special sales at malls, how expensive the animal we sacrificed was, how many dishes we cook in one meal, how many new gadgets we bought and how much money we spent. Eid has become just a holiday like any other public holiday and like most other days of our lives it is about us and us only. 

By Syeda Nawab Fathima

The writer is a media and communications student specializing in Journalism in Manipal University, Dubai.