Sunday, August 2, 2020

Story of Eid-ul-Adha

Story of Eid-ul-Adha

This is the true story of Prophet Ibrahim(pbuh) and prophet Ismael(pbuh) was very faithful to Allah. Whatever hardship come, he used to have patience. He was becoming very old and was still not having children, so his wife Sarah advice him to get married second wife so as to have a child. After her consent Ibrahim (pbuh) agreed and married to Hajar. Soon the were blessed with a baby boy. They named him Ismael. They were very happy to have Ismael. Days passed by...

One day Ibrahim(pbuh) told his wife Hajara to get ready for a journey. She obeyed her husband and got ready with little Ismael.
After travelling many days they reached uncultivated desert valley. He left then there and was returning alone. His wife asked, where are you going leaving us here in this barren land. He kept quiet and started going. She again asked, “Is this Allah’s command!? Are you obeying Allah’s will..?” He said “Yes”.

Then Hajar said “you go, Allah is with us to take care, Allah will help us to live here. Then he left. Now Hajar and Ismael were alone in the desert valley. They had food which was hardly enough for 2 more days. And Ismael was small. Soon water which she brought was over and she was feeling thirsty. Even little Ibrahim was crying of thirst.

Hajar look around the valley so she can see anybody there. She started running from the mountain As-Safar and looked around, she found no one there and again she ran down and reached the mountain Al-Marwa, there also she also stood and saw if somebody is there to help her but all in vein, She repeated running between safa and Marwa seven times.
When she came back to Ismael he was crying and was running his feet on earth. Suddenly she heard the voice, “And Behold! She saw an Angel at the place Zam-Zam digging the earth till the water flowed from that spot. She started making some area to store water around and drank the water and fed her child. The Angel said to her “Don’t be afraid of being neglected, for this is the house of Allah which will be built by this boy and his father and Allah never neglects his people.

She lived in that valley till some people from the tribe of Jurhum passed by. They reached there by seeing a bird around, they thought this bird must be flying around water. Though we knew that there was no water in the valley, so they all came towards the water. Hajar was sitting with her son near water, they asked her “do you allow us to stay with you?” They all settle there and Ismael grew up with them. 
One day even Ibrahim (pbuh) visited the valley and was happy to see them. 

The Sacrifice...

One day Ibrahim(pbuh) saw a dream to sacrifice beloved Ismael. Tear drops from his eyes, but he was prepared to follow Allah’s command. He took his son to mount Arafat, with a knife and a rope. The devil tried to convince him to disobey but Ibrahim(pbuh) refused, he threw pebbles at the devil to make him leave. He reached the mountain, he told his son about his dream, and being an obedient Son prophet Ismael(pbuh) obliged and asked that his hands and legs to be tied so that he may not struggle and that his father to blindfold himself so as to avoid to see him suffer. He did as Allah had asked for him. When he took the blindfold off, to his surprise he saw the body of a Lamb in front of him. Ismael(pbuh) Was standing right next to him.
Suddenly he heard a voice telling him that Allah looks after his followers and that one need not to worry and obey the Creator.

Every year Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha (Bakri-Eid) to remember Ibrahim’s(pbuh) obedience to Allah. Because of this Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”. Eid-ul-Adha is observed on the tenth day of the last month of the Islamic calendar. For Muslims who are performing Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. During this they throw pebbles at three pillars in the city of Mina. This is same place where Ibrahim(pbuh) threw pebbles at the devil to drive him away.

People world wide go to Masjids or Eid-gah for Eid prayers, wear nice clothes and spent time with family and friends together. Many delicious food items are prepared like sheer-Khurma, Biryani, Kebabs and more.

10, 11, 12 date of zil Hajj month of Islamic calendar, muslims sacrifice animal during Eid-ul-Adha and only animals which are permitted are sacrificed and meat is divided in three parts and is given among poor who can’t afford and to relatives and for our family.
Some Muslims buy special meat to donate, other donate money to charities which can give special meat to others.

But now with this pandemic we’ll have to limit our celebrations and follow social norms and take care of each other. Even the pilgrimage to Hajj is also limited this time as safety comes first of the people.

So celebrate Eid this time by wishing and calling each other on phones, messages and send them good wishes and pray for each other.
May this pandemic end soon.

With that, Eid-Ul-Adha Mubarak to one and all around the world.
Stay safe!

-Batul Bagwan


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