Eid-ul-Adha 2024 (1445 A.H.) Message

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

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As-salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaato Hu.

Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak. May the joy of the Festival of Sacrifice surround you and your families.

This day is celebrated to commemorate the complete submission of Hazrat Ibrahim [Abraham] (alai hi salam), to the will of Allah. He was ready to sacrifice his own son although the command was expressed in a dream. In the verses of the Holy Quran cited below it is stated:

اِذۡ قَالَ لَہٗ رَبُّہٗۤ اَسۡلِمۡ ۙ قَالَ اَسۡلَمۡتُ لِرَبِّ الۡعٰلَمِیۡنَ ﴿۱۳۱﴾ وَ وَصّٰی بِہَاۤ اِبۡرٰہٖمُ بَنِیۡہِ وَ یَعۡقُوۡبُ ؕ یٰبَنِیَّ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ اصۡطَفٰی لَکُمُ الدِّیۡنَ فَلَا تَمُوۡتُنَّ اِلَّا وَ اَنۡتُمۡ مُّسۡلِمُوۡنَ ﴿۱۳۲﴾ؕ

“When his Lord said to him, Submit, he said: I submit myself to the Lord of the worlds. And the same did Abraham enjoin on his sons, and (so did) Jacob: O my sons, surely Allah has chosen for you (this) religion, so die not unless you are submitting ones” (The Holy Quran, 2:131–132).

It was the commitment to submit to the Lord of the worlds that Hazrat Ibrahim (alai hi salam) and Hazrat Ismael [Ishmael] (alai hi salam) honoured when both of them showed their willingness to obey what Allah commanded Hazrat Ibrahim (alai hi salam) in a dream.

فَلَمَّا بَلَغَ مَعَہُ السَّعۡیَ قَالَ یٰبُنَیَّ اِنِّیۡۤ اَرٰی فِی الۡمَنَامِ اَنِّیۡۤ اَذۡبَحُکَ فَانۡظُرۡ مَاذَا تَرٰی ؕ قَالَ یٰۤاَبَتِ افۡعَلۡ مَا تُؤۡمَرُ ۫ سَتَجِدُنِیۡۤ اِنۡ شَآءَ اللّٰہُ مِنَ الصّٰبِرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۰۲﴾

“But when he became of age to work with him, he said: O my son, I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice thee: so consider what thou seest. He said: O my father, do as thou art commanded: if Allah please, thou will find me patient” (The Holy Quran, 37:102).

This exemplifies the honouring of their promise to submit to the will of Allah and follow Islam, the literal meaning of which is submission. To commemorate this event Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated every year and the sacrifice of an animal is made to symbolise the sacrifice which Hazrat Ibrahim (alai hi salam) and Hazrat Ismael (alai hi salam) were willing to make; needless to say, the mother of Ismael, Hazrat Hajira [Hagar] (alai hi salam) too showed her submission by not raising any objection to her son being sacrificed. The underlying message of Eid thus is to submit oneself to all commands of Allah. The symbolic sacrifice of an animal has to be matched with the slaughtering of the animal within. This animal makes a person rebel against the will of Allah. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad — the Mujaddid of this era — has advised his followers that as they put the knife to the animal’s neck, they must also slaughter the nafs-e-ammara, the rebellious animal-like spirit within. It is this spirit which leads a person to commit sin without any remorse and as a result no corrective action is taken. The moment of sacrifice of an animal should be matched with a resolve to put an end to the nafs-e-ammara. One should resolve to progress to a state where even the thought to sin does not cross the mind.

I pray that we all are able to reach such a state where we command our souls rather than being commanded by them.

Aameen summa aameen.

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

16th June 2024