Continuing my post over a month ago about qurban, I would like to write more of my contemplation about the practise of qurban in our daily lives. Because I do believe that annual rituals of Islam (Ramadan, Hijra, etc.) are also the momentum for us to increase our obedience in Allah subhana wa taala. In Ramadan, we are trained to control our emotions and desires, in a hope that for the rest 11 months, the Ramadan bootcamp really positivitates —yuuhuu I just found a new word 😀— our actions. InshaAllah..
So, have you ever heard someone saying : “I can’t stop going to pubs, people will say that I’m not cool”, or “I can’t leave my addiction to porn”, or “I can’t wear hijab just yet, my job will not let me”, or “I can’t stop being homosexual yet, I was born with it”… I’m sure we are already used to hear those words. 😐
I sometimes feel it, too. Sometimes I feel like Qur’an is too heavy, so lazy to read it :oops:. Sometimes I feel like I work a lot during the day so I have an excuse to skip tahajud at night :oops:. Sometimes I feel like I am going to be busy like a bee and I need to move fast so I wear hijab as practical as possible, not fulfilling the hijab standards :oops:. That’s me :cry:. I try to be better inshaAllah, pray for me..
Let us flash back on what happened in the time of Ibrahim alaihi salam.
Ibrahim a.s was ordered to slaughter his loving son, Ismail a.s. And Ismail a.s, when he knew that his father was commanded to slaughter him, he agreed.
And Allah subhana wa taala, with His Mercy then showed to those two amazing men (may Allah make it easier for us to be closer to their quality), that such practise is no longer allowed (giving a human being as a sacrifice).
The lesson that I personally learn from this very touching part of religious history of mankind is that : when a call comes, everything must be sacrificed for Allah. And by Allah’s Mercy, every commands He had been giving will never going to harm us.
Everything is fair to be sacrificed for Allah. Every single thing. May Allah help us to be steadfast on what He told us. –pray for me, please– If it is only a little of our time, a little of our comfort, a little of our money, then why hesitating? Why do we still think too much to give that little amount of sacrifice? A small amount of sacrifice for our personal qurban. Because YES, Allah is THAT important.
“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]
“And there is the type of mankind who would sell himself, seeking the Pleasure of Allah. And Allah is full of Kindness to (His) devotees” [Al Baqara (2) : 207]