Eid-ul-Adha 2022 (1443 A.H.) Message

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

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).

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As-salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hu.

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

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha an animal is sacrificed to commemorate the great sacrifice that Hazrat Ibrahim, may Allah’s blessings be upon him, was willing to make following a dream in which he was commanded by Allah Taala to sacrifice his son. Islam lays great emphasis on the spirit of all devotional observances. The purpose of all religious acts is to gain closeness to Allah Taala. This is made clear by Him in the above quoted verse which states:

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 Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, has said that Eid has two aspects: the zaahir, that is the outwardly, and the baatin, the one related to the soul. He has advised his followers to give preference to the spiritual aspect of this celebration and has strongly discouraged taking pride in the display of sacrificial animals to impress others.

The word qurbani is from the Arabic word qurb, which means nearness. Thus, qurbani or act of sacrificing an animal is a means of gaining nearness to Allah. Hazrat Mirza Sahib has stated that spilling blood and eating the meat of the animal cannot be considered a sacrifice unless this is accompanied by the slaughter of the nafs al-ammara, the rebellious soul or the animal that abides in us. Hazrat Sahib says:

“Eid-ul-Adha has a great significance but it is so unfortunate that people do not reflect on it.”

He then queries as to how many of us have actually benefitted from the qurbani we made this day by cleaning our souls and hearts and making an earnest effort to partake of the light which is indicated in the word al-adha.

Let us all make a genuine effort on this Eid day to follow the guidance of the Imam of this era, Hazrat Mirza Sahib, seek the light that Eid-ul-Adha brings with it and slaughter the nafs al-ammara, the rebellious animal within us that incites us to sin.

May Allah grant us the ability to achieve the spirit of Eid-ul-Adha.

Aameen summa aameen.

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

9th July 2022

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