Eid-ul-Adha 2020 (1441 A.H.) Message

by Hazrat Ameer (V) Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed

اِنَّمَا یَتَقَبَّلُ اللّٰہُ مِنَ الۡمُتَّقِیۡنَ ﴿۲۷﴾

“Allah accepts only from the dutiful” (The Holy Quran, 5:27).

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hu

I wish you all a very happy Eid-ul-Adha.

Although many physical aspects of the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha will be affected by the corona pandemic this year, but we can still fully benefit from the spiritual ones. Eid-ul-Adha is associated with the sacrificing of an animal or the Qurbani. The word Qurbani is derived from the Arabic root qaf ra ba (ق ر ب) which conveys the sense of ‘nearness’. Qurbani is thus a means of seeking nearness to Allah.

Allah is omnipresent and not confined to a particular place. So, nearness to Allah is the state one achieves through complete submission to Him by observing one’s duty to Him — by obeying His commands, that is, by refraining from what is forbidden and practicing what we are commanded to do.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Reformer of this era laid great stress on taqwah [righteousness] and stressed that Allah listens to prayers and answers them. The only obstacle in the way of acceptance of prayers, he said was lack of taqwah, piety and righteousness. So, we have to make every effort to follow his advice and inculcate all these qualities in ourselves.

Hazrat Mirza Sahib has called Eid-ul-Adha a mujahidah or a struggle against our evil inclinations. He says that Eid-ul-Adha has a great significance, which alas we fail to realise. He goes on to say that those celebrating Eid should contemplate on the ways they have thought of purifying their hearts, minds and souls and what effort they have made to progress in the spiritual world. Eid-ul-Adha provides an opportunity to make a beginning of our journey in that direction.

Qurbani is not merely the slaughtering of an animal made subservient to us; but a manifestation of sacrificing all our worldly desires in the way of Allah. The Holy Quran specifically points out:

لَنۡ یَّنَالَ اللّٰہَ لُحُوۡمُہَا وَ لَا دِمَآؤُہَا وَ لٰکِنۡ یَّنَالُہُ التَّقۡوٰی مِنۡکُمۡ ؕ

“Not their flesh, nor their blood, reaches Allah, but to Him is acceptable observance of duty on your part” (The Holy Quran, 22:37).

As mentioned earlier, the Holy Quran states:

اِنَّمَا یَتَقَبَّلُ اللّٰہُ مِنَ الۡمُتَّقِیۡنَ ﴿۲۷﴾

“Allah accepts only from the dutiful” (The Holy Quran, 5:27).

So we have to observe our duty to Allah and realise that it is the spiritual intention that really matters in sacrificing the animal on Eid-ul-Adha. Mirza Sahib has stressed that when you place the knife on the animal’s neck, place it also on the nafs-i-ammara, the rebellious soul within.

May Allah grant us the strength to strive in His way and live a life in accordance with His commands.

Aameen.

Professor Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed
Ameer and President
Worldwide Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement

29th July 2020

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