Ayesha(r.a) reports that the Prophet(s.a.w) said, “The son of Adam does not perform any actions on the day of sacrifice which is more pleasing to Allah than the shedding of blood. He will come on the day of resurrection with its hair, horns and hooves, and the blood certainly will fall in a place near Allah before it falls on the ground. So, make yourselves purified there with.”
Today is the perfect time for us to look inside and reflect. How much do we love Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala compare to anything in this world.
“Say : If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, you mates, or your kindred; the wealth that you have gained; the commerce in which you fear a decline: or the dwellings in which you delight — are dearer to you than Allah, or His Messenger, or the striving in His cause — then wait until Allah brings about His decision; and Allah guides not to the rebellious.” [Al Tawbah (9) : 24]
The history of Ibrahim(a.s) teaches people about their basic principles in life. He came at the time when human views about the using of human as offerings to God are allowed or not (historically, this practise were done by many nations around the world such as ancient Egypt, India, China, the Jewish, and many more) . People were divided for being agreed and disagreed.
By the time of Ibrahim this kind of practise was firmly forbidden. Not because people are too valuable to be sacrificed, but it is because God the Compassionate and Merciful. The order to slaughter his son Ismail is a proof that —if the call comes— everything is fair to be sacrificed for God to prove the love and respect for God only.
The interesting part of the history is, after the practise were both agreed to be done by both Ibrahim(a.s) and Ismail(a.s), God with His power and love prevented the slaughter to be done, as a sign of the love of God to mankind. Only because of The Love of God, such practice of sacrifice is not allowed.
Indeed, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala is The Most Compasionate and Merciful, yet many of us are ungrateful.
We as human have no power over anything, all we can do is only strive to become better every single day, and may Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala rewards us with the ability to love Him more than everything else in this world. Amin..
I’m still learning, advice and critics are fully welcomed 🙂 EID MUBARAK!