WHAT WOULD I DO? Preparing for Eid-al-Adha

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I was having a cup of coffee in the backyard watching my two eldest having a discussion. From where I sat, I could see they were having an arguing about something and trying to come to a resolution. The way they were maturely handling a disagreement filled my heart with pride. Right in front of my eyes, the babies were slowly being molded into little people with strong personalities and intellects.

 

And then it hit me.

 

Ismaeel AS was about the same age when Ibraheem AS was ordered to sacrifice him by Allah SWT.

 

His heart must have been filled with pride and joy and at his son growing into a young adult. He must have loved his first-born so much who Allah (SWT) gave to him in old age. Any parent can imagine how he must have longed for his wife and young son who lived hundreds of miles away from him and he saw them once every few years.

 

Of course, this was so. He was a gentle and loving father.

 

Then came the order from the Most-High (SWT) to slaughter this son as a sign of His obedience and reverence to Allah SWT.

 

How compassionate is Allah SWT that He replaced Ismaeel (AS) with a ram! If we were asked to slaughter our first-born as a sign of obedience to Allah instead of an animal on Eid-al-Adha, what would happen? What would I do?

 

My heart just about stopped at the thought of it.

 

Would I be able to offer my child as a sacrifice?

 

Would I allow my husband to do it, like Hajar did?

 

Would I throw dust at Shaytan like Hajar did if it tried to dissuade me from the order of Allah? Or would I try to protect the child and wouldn’t care about losing my own life doing that?

 

I was terrified.

 

I had been to Hajj. I had stoned the devils in commemoration of what Ibraheem (AS), Hajar (AS), and Ismaeel (AS) had done.

 

Every year on Eid-Al-Adha we slaughter an animal in commemoration of the obedience of these great people.

 

But am I living this message of obedience?

 

Do I have even an iota of their faith, obedience, and courage?

 

How can I live this message in my day-to-day life?

 

What would happen if Dajjal arrived in my lifetime?

 

The Prophet SAW told us that Dajjal will control the food and water and won’t give it to anyone unless they declare him to be the god.

 

Would I choose hunger, thirst and eventual death for my children while holding firm to my faith or would I falter and sacrifice my and my children’s akhirah just to quench their hunger and thirst?

 

What would I do?

 

Am I that strong?

 

I was numbed with fear. Then a realization slowly crept in. I have the biggest blessing in life—time.

 

I have time to strengthen my faith.

 

I have time to beg Allah SWT for safety.

 

I have time to gain knowledge.

 

I have time to give my family proper tarbiyyah so they would stand against all odds to honor their faith.

 

I have time to live with obedience to Allah during times of ease and luxury so Allah SWT will allow me to have obedience during trials and tribulations.

 

I have time to spread the message of Islam and serve humanity in hopes that Allah SWT will give me and my family a happy ending and a joyous reunion in the next life.

 

Alhamdulillah, I have time.

 

All I need to do now is utilize every moment of it to bring myself closer to Allah. If I am close to Allah, He will support me.

 

I don’t need to worry about others. If I change myself, Allah will change those around me. He will help me bring my loved ones closer to Him SWT. He will grant me intercession for my loved ones on the Day of Judgment. I don’t need to be busy with anyone and exhaust myself for anyone except Allah SWT.

 

May Allah SWT give me sincerity to live this message. May Allah SWT allow me to live a life of obedience and servitude like that of my fathers Ibraheem (AS) and Ismaeel (AS). May Allah SWT give me and my family good ending, firm on our faith and let our last words be none other than ‘la ilaha illal lah Muhammed Rasul Allah (there is no one worthy of worship except Allah, and Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah.)’ Ameen

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