Jul 18 , 2021
Good Deed Of The Day : Sacrifice
SACRIFICE in itself is a big word with great depth.Sacrifice, whether that of wealth or desires, is a practical proof of man's devotion to his Creator. It is in fact religion in action. In Holy Quran, Allah SWT states: “So perform the Salah [ritual Prayer] for your Lord and slaughter [an animal] “(Surat al-Kawthar, 108:2).
Now coming to our blessed month of Dhul Hijjah,the 10th of which is Eid Day, is also known as Yawm Al-Nahr, the Day of Slaughter,the day of sacrifice. The Eid-al-Adha is commemorative of that unparalleled act of devotion of that noble soul Ibrahim (peace be upon him), who, in obedience to the Command of his Lord, readily offered the life of his son Isma'il.
The act of sacrifice is the symbol of a Muslim's readiness to lay down his life, and to sacrifice all his interests and desires in the cause of truth.
The purpose of sacrifice is not fulfilled only by shedding the blood of an animal, but it is really fulfilled when a man submits himself completely to the command of Allah .
This has been clearly laid down in Sura Hajj, verse 37; "Not their flesh, nor their blood reaches Allah, but it is the piety from you that reaches Him."
This verse speaks of the fact that sacrifice in Islam is nothing else than a natural expression of homage and gratitude to the Creator. It is the spirit of willing devotion and cheerful obedience underlying sacrifices that is accepted by Allah SWT who is the Fountain head of all morality.
It is narrated that once the Companions of the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) asked him about the sacrifice. He replied: "This is commemorative Sunnah of your father Ibrahim"
After the five pillars of Islam, Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi (sacrifice) is the most important activity.
Ending up I sum up that Sacrifice is an act of submission to Allah. It is to submit to the will of the Almighty. Sometimes Allah asks us to sacrifice something important to us in order to learn that there is something greater beyond it. But sadly we fail to translate the essence of its sacrificial values in our life!
Furthermore, we need to practice the spiritual effect of sacrifice so that we learn to rely on Allah's provisions rather than the things we have built for ourselves. It is a part of submitting to Him.
( Written By Rahila , Regional Head Of North Zone )