Eid-ul-Adha Message 2023

Iain Dixon

The Light (UK), June 2023 Issue (pp. 9–10)

Asalamu aleikum, and Eid Mubarak! I wish you all a blessed and joyous Eid-ul-Adha full of peace, thanksgiving — and good things! 

Key Theme:

Sacrifice! Such a key theme for Eid-ul-Adha. Abraham was obedient and willing to sacrifice his son. What an example for all of us of total soul surrender! In response to Allah’s command, Hazrat Ibrahim was prepared to give up what was most precious to him. Self was put to death. Personal gain was set aside. Humility and submission replaced personal want and desire. Who is the real Qurbani [sacrifice] in the festival of Eid-ul-Adha? Is it the animal sacrificed in the place of Abraham’s son, or is it us? Or both? Does the sacrificial animal represent something more precious and eternal? A momentous sacrifice. Must we also learn to die to self like Abraham, allowing Allah’s purposes to prevail? Yes, yes, yes and yes! 

Mr. Iain Dixon at Darus Salaam (AAIIL UK)

A Drawing Near:

The Arabic word Qurbani means far more than sacrifice — it contains the thought of ‘coming close’ or ‘drawing near’. Just as a moth is attracted to the light glowing from a lightbulb, so too (somehow!), our acts of sacrifice attract the attention and blessing of Almighty Allah. He draws close to us, and we too are attracted to his beauty, love and mercy. We draw near to him.  

May this time of Eid become our recommitment to Allah — may each one of us genuinely come close to the Judge and Sustainer of the Earth, the one who sees in each one of us something genuinely precious. May we all draw near to Him who daily loads us with blessings, praising him with tongues moistened with words of thankfulness and appreciation. 

More than Automatic Pilot:

At this time of Eid-ul-Adha, it is so easy to send a cheque to pay for meat to provide for the poor or make rapid electronic donations. This Eid, we must stop and pause to reflect on our actions. To remember again the power of sacrifice. To remember again our father, Abraham. To recapture the power of the momentous sacrifice once again with child-like wonder. True sacrifice should be thoughtful, determined, and heartfelt. Never just a simple touch of a button or a quick scribbling off a cheque. 

Allah is Mindful of You:

Parents! You have made great sacrifices for the sake of your children. You have provided for your young ones, fed them, clothed them — cared for them when they were sick. You have gone without, so they could have all they truly needed. Allah has seen your sacrifice. And he is pleased. 

Grown up children! As your parents have become older and not in the best of health, it has become your turn to become carers! It has become your turn to sacrifice time and energy to serve your parents well. Allah is mindful of you too. Allah has seen your sacrifice and struggles. He is proud of you! He sees, knows and understands. You are living lives of personal Qurbani. Serving others, and not self. You are living lessons of a daily Eid-ul-Adha. Thank you for all you have done, all you are doing now — and all you have yet to do.

Eid is like a Diamond:

It is said that diamonds are very precious and very rare. It is also said that diamonds have many faces and edges to them. May this Eid-ul-Adha become to us more precious than ever before. May we all recognise its different ‘faces’ and multiple depths of meaning — sacrifice, surrender, and rescue. May this Eid-ul-Adha be an opportunity for us to reach up to Allah as we see Him reach down to us. May we see the door to Jannah [Heaven] right before us. 

Allah said of Hazrat Ibrahim that he

“obeyed My voice, and kept my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” (Genesis 26:5)

May we, too, renew our determination to obey Allah’s voice and keep his commandments. May we be the living Qurbani  — living for the pleasure of Allah! 

“Present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”(Romans 12:1–2)

EID MUBARAK! So, from my heart to yours, I wish you all a wonderful Eid-ul-Adha! May it be a precious diamond full of many beautiful things for all of you. Be blessed! Eid Mubarak!