Eid-ul-Adha 2009 (1430 A.H.) Message
by Hazrat Ameer (V) Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed
قُلۡ اِنَّ صَلَاتِیۡ وَ نُسُکِیۡ وَ مَحۡیَایَ وَ مَمَاتِیۡ لِلّٰہِ رَبِّ الۡعٰلَمِیۡنَ ﴿۱۶۲﴾ۙ لَا شَرِیۡکَ لَہٗ ۚ وَ بِذٰلِکَ اُمِرۡتُ وَ اَنَا اَوَّلُ الۡمُسۡلِمِیۡنَ ﴿۱۶۳﴾
“Say: My prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are surely for Allah, the Lord of the worlds — No associate has HE. And this I am commanded and I am the first of those who submit” (The Holy Quran, 6:163–164).
Eid-ul-Adha brings to mind a picture of millions of devotees performing Hajj or the Pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca and sacrificing animals in the way of Allah. There is nothing wrong with this picture that our mind perceives; however, it is important to realise that this perception is only the outward manifestation of the greater spiritual significance of this glorious occasion
The real spirit of Hajj and its purpose is conveyed in the Quranic verses I have cited above. These verses should not only act as a guideline to the spirit with which the Hajis [people performing the pilgrimage] perform the Hajj but also reflect the spirit in all our prayers and devotional acts. Our very life should be lived for His pleasure and we should be ready to die in devotion to Him.
This was the spirit with which Hazrat Ibrahim [Abraham] and Hazrat Ismael [Ishmael], may peace be upon them, constructed the Holy Kabah as
مَثَابَۃً لِّلنَّاسِ وَ اَمۡنًا ؕ
“a resort for men, and a (place of) security”.
And purified His House
لِلطَّآئِفِیۡنَ وَ الۡعٰکِفِیۡنَ وَ الرُّکَّعِ السُّجُوۡدِ ﴿۱۲۵﴾
“for those who visit (it) and those who abide (in it) for devotion and those who bow down (and) those who prostate themselves” (The Holy Quran, 2:125).
If our life is spent within the framework of these guidelines it will result in a strengthened bond between us and our Creator. Keeping one’s duty to Him, Taqwah, is a major aim of performing Hajj as is commanded in the following verse of the Holy Quran:
وَ تَزَوَّدُوۡا فَاِنَّ خَیۡرَ الزَّادِ التَّقۡوٰی ۫ وَ اتَّقُوۡنِ یٰۤاُولِی الۡاَلۡبَابِ ﴿۱۹۷﴾
“And make provision for yourselves, the best provision being to keep one’s duty (Taqwah). And keep your duty to Me, O men of understanding” (The Holy Quran, 2:197).
All of us have not been blessed with the opportunity and good fortune to perform Hajj so far, but we can resolve to inculcate the spirit of Hajj within us. We should be submissive to Allah as were Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Ismael, peace be upon them, and the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. We should spend our lives entirely in the service of Allah as Hazrat Ibrahim did; we should break the idols which occupy our hearts and keep us away from the remembrance of Allah; we should inculcate in our lives the wish to stay pure and act on the commands of Allah.
Allah has given us role models in the persons of Prophet Ibrahim, Prophet Ismael and the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. We should seek nearness of Allah and follow the way of Taqwah as they did, thus attaining the spirit of Hajj even if we are not amongst those who actually are performing the Pilgrimage. Those who have been blessed with the opportunity to do so should return with a determination to stay connected to Allah as they were when they were near the Blessed Kabah; continue on the path of Taqwah and unity that they witnessed with the peoples from all the nations of the world. They should strive on the path of Oneness so the world and its inhabitants can live like one family and one brotherhood.
I pray that this day of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha brings peace and love to all and makes our home a safe place to live in.
Professor Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed
Ameer and President
Worldwide Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement