A Lesson from Hazrat Ibrahim’s [Abraham’s] Sacrifice

by Athar Rasool

ILAN, January 2004 Issue (Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 10)

Eid-ul-Azha is just around the corner.  For Children, this Eid is less colorful, fascinating and ‘profitable’ as compared to Eid-ul-Fitr. On the other hand, for their parents this occasion brings a series of hectic activities regarding sacrifices.

However, during all these festivities, we hardly recall the lessons, which Hazrat Ibrahim’s [Abraham’s] sacrifice of his beloved son Hazrat Ismael [Ishmael] conveys to us. It can be summed up in a single word “OBEDIENCE” as both the prophets passed Allah Almighty’s test by demonstrating sheer obedience.

Now, the point to ponder is that the flesh and blood of sacrificed animals do not reach Allah Almighty, rather it is our obedience in our daily lives which is required.

So, on this Eid day we should ponder whether we are obeying Allah Almighty’s orders.

The historic episode of Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Ismael teaches us about obedience of parents which is a rare commodity in today’s so-called advanced world.

May Allah Almighty show us the right path so that we may draw actual benefits from this festival. It is only Allah Almighty’s help that can provide us the mental strength for the required obedience.