Eidul Adha or more popularly known as Hari Raya Haji here in Malaysia will be celebrated on the 27hb of this month.
In Islam, Eidul Adha is the greater celebration or Eid al-Kubra whereas Eidul Fitri is the smaller celebration, since Eidul Adha is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, according to the 2nd ayat of Surah Al-Kautsar “So pray unto thy Lord, and sacrifice.”
For those of us who are not fortunately enough to perform hajj, we are encouraged to observe fast on the 9th of Zulhijjah ( Day of Arafah ).
As reported by Abu Hafsah r.d.a, he reported that the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, “Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on ‘ashûra, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years.” Reported by all except al-Bukhari and Tirmidhi ridwanallahu alaihim ajmain.
I remember celebrating Eidul Adha will joy during my childhood since the celebration in the east coast seems to be more joyous…endless invites to kenduri and such.
Amidst all the joyous celebration, what is of the utmost importance is remembrance of the sacrifices done by the holy family of Sayyidina Ibrahim a.s. and to follow in their footsteps. Even though told by his beloved father that Allah had commanded that he be sacrificed, Sayyidina Ismail was not hesitant at all to give up his life.
Sayyidina Ismail a.s told his beloved father…
- To make sure the knife was sharp so as the task can be done with quickly.
- To make him lie face down so that the blood won’t spill on his father’s shirt and also to avoid his beloved father from looking at his face when doing it.
- To make sure that he was tightly tied so that he won’t struggle too much during the task.
- To make sure after he was sacrificed that for two month his friends won’t play nearby his house so as not to make his mother sad thinking of him.
Sacrificing our time, wealth and so forth in the way of Allah.
Salam Eidul Adha, maaf zahir batin.
To those of you who are driving home…please be careful.