The Ultimate Eid…

Alhamdulillah today is our Eid day… the last of the best ten days… when every good deed we do for the pleasure of Allah becomes extraordinarily blessed because of Allah’s special acceptance in these blessed days…

Sometimes I think that in both the days of our happiness there is an element of sadness… on one eid we are separated from our beloved Ramadan… and on this one we are saying farewell to the best ten days of the world…

But the difference which I never felt before was that, contrary to eid-ul-fitr, when there is no more Ramadan… we still have the blessings and benefits of the special days surrounding us on this eid…

And the other difference is of responsibility… because the sacrifice has to be done… with so many physical and spiritual aspects attached to this extraordinary act…

Sadly we are so busy with the physical side of it… the arrangement of buying the animal then caring for it… then getting the butcher on time and the distribution of meat… makes us so exhausted that we are hardly reminded of why we are doing it? And for whom? To express what level of faith?

But when all the work is over… and you sit back to relax… you can actually look at things from a greater perspective and you realize what an amazing blessing it is that we were given this religion… How awesome it is for you and me that Allah chose us to be a Muslim… Alhamdulillah

But this blessing is not just for feeling honoured… rather every honour brings a responsibility… if you fulfil it, your honour is increased…and if you forget your responsibility then that’s where honour ends and humiliation begins… a downward spiral where you go further and further away from success… drowning in a never ending pit of depression, anxiety and stress…

The good news is that we can change the direction of our journey in the blink of an eye… the sad news is that we never assess which way we are headed to… and so we never feel the need to change directions… except for those who are conscious… even on eid day… because no enjoyment should take us away from our ultimate purpose…

And this is what sacrifice does to our soul… it rekindles the heart and makes us realize once again… that Allah deserves to be obeyed no matter what… we have to slaughter our urge to disobey… we have to put a knife through our egos… our arrogance… and heedlessness…

And whatever we sacrifice for Allah will be given back to us in a much better way…

Allah didn’t burn Ibrahim (alaihissalaam) even though he had to go into the fire…

Allah didn’t kill his son… even though he had to put a knife on him…

Allah didn’t let Hajrah and Ismael die of hunger and thirst in that barren valley… even though they were left all alone…

But when Ibrahim (AS) was making these sacrifices he hadn’t known the end… He didn’t do it casually thinking that he is going to be saved at the end… How must be the pain of his heart… how must his soul be constricted and crushed under the weight of submission…

Yet nothing stood in the way of his obedience… why? Because he truly understood and recognized the worth of Allah… and he truly had faith in the transitory nature of this world… he knew with absolute conviction that the pains of this world will end sooner or later… but the pain of disobedience will never end…

The question is… do we also believe in Allah and the akhirah? Or have we made this life the center of our attention…? What matters to me the most… Allah’s pleasure? Or my own?

The animal can be bought and sacrificed by anyone who can pay for it… but the nafs cannot be sacrificed that easily… because it has a price which very few are prepared to pay… the price is discipline and hard work… the price is to give up vain desires… the price is to give up bad habits and replace them with good ones… And this price can only be paid by those who know the true worth of this temporary duniya… and they look forward to the real Eid of the hereafter…

Like Hasan Basri (ra) said…

“For the true believers, every day they spend without sinning is their eid…And every day they spend in the obedience and remembrance of their Rabb is eid.”

May Allah help us to remember and implement all that He has taught us… Ameen