The Great Sacrifice


As Eid Al Adha approaches we are reminded of the great sacrifice presented by Ibrahim (as).

Ibrahim (as) the Prophet of Allah saw in his dream that he is slaughtering his six year old son Ismail (as). A son which he got when he was around ninety years old and his wife had become incapable of bearing any children.

As the dream of a Prophet carries the status of Wahy (commandment of Allah) therefore he (as) immediately prepared for the ritual. As he traveled towards the site of the sacrifice, he was stopped three times by the devil. All of the times dressed differently and trying to convince him not to kill his only son and all of the times Ibrahim (as) threw stones at him and asked him to run away.

Once he reached the site, Ismail (as) asked his father to move his face towards the ground otherwise he might become weak and won’t be able to run the knife on his son’s neck. He also advised his father to close his eyes so that he stays strong. As he was about to run the knife on his son’s neck, Ibrahim (as) said something to the tune of ‘O Allah if you felt that Ismail’s love has corrupted my heart then please accept his sacrifice’.

As father slaughtered his son Allah the merciful changed Ismail (as) with a sheep and as Ibrahim (as) opened his eyes he saw that his son was standing in a corner smiling.

SubhanAllah. A simple story but full of so many lessons. When we reflect and compare our lives, we find many gaps.

  1. When the order of Allah arrives we question it and are always on the look out for a escape clause. Ibrahim (as) didn’t do any such thing, although he might have interpreted his dream in a different way.
  2. How many times Shaitan has stopped us from fulfilling the commands of Allah and we have succumbed to it? Should this be the life of a Muslim?
  3. Allah tests his noble people so that their response becomes an example for all of us. HE doesn’t need such sacrifices. Such situations and examples are created for us to learn from and to follow.
  4. Everything is a test in this world. If it is something given to us, it is a test, if something is taken from us it is a test. This is one part that very few of us understand. But Ibrahim (as) understood it perfectly.
  5. Once we do submit ourselves to Allah, then rewards us with endless rewards and bounties. Both in this world and the next.

May Allah enable us to learn and implement such lessons. Ameen.


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