Eid-ul Ad’ha : How to honour it

By Nisaar Nadiadwala
Every year during Eidul Ad’ha, there is a common complain among the buyers of animals. “ This year the goats are very expensive.”
But if you count the price rise index of other things you will notice that every thing has gone dearer than last year and not only goats. Yet we buy many things even though we don’t need them. Many luxury brands have gone more expensive but we buy them as status symbol. If we have money then we should not grumble.
But there are many other things we need to sacrifice besides animals. Let us consider a few things:
Sacrifice your own ego. Who ever has cut off his relations with his relatives, due to petty reasons should make amendments with his warying brother, as the famous Hadith says: One who is more beloved to Allah will get the Hidayah of greeting first.
Those who are addicted to branded mobiles, cars, dresses, leather products just for the sake of status in the society should cut down their over expenditure because status and honour comes from Allah even without branded gadgets.
Those who are obsessed by violent and obscene entertainment via TV and Movies should slaughter their temptations. That is also a sacrifice of your desire.
Those who are into buying expensive unbranded goats and post their pictures in media for a show off should also sacrifice their attitude of Riyaa (show off ) as the Qur’an says: Your blood and meat does not reach Allah but your taqwa reaches. Indicating that all the expensive things need not be precious in the sight of Allah.
Those who are into sacrificing innocent Muslims and Non Muslims through bomb blasts they should abstain from their extremism and observe Patience as the Qur’an says : It is indeed a big thing to observe patience.
Those who are dishonouring other Muslims in their private and public talks should also abstain from eating the meat of their dead brothers and they should put an end to back biting and slandering.
Those children who are entertaining themselves and others by indulging their goats in ‘goat fights’ to show people how strong their goats are.. should realise that they are not only putting themselves but also their goats into sin.
Yes I am right.The famous sahih hadith says..On the day of Qiyamah a goat with horn who had hurt another goat without horn will be brought and justice will be done to the goat without horn by giving it a pair of horns so that it can take its revenge...Therefore those people who entertain others through goat fights will be also sinning and also those elders who enjoy watching it.
Those who cant wake up for fajr should sacrifice their desire to sleep and get into the mode of praying fajr at fajr only and not along with zohar. Sacrifice your midnight loitering in cyber lanes and better take some sleep or do some constructive work. The Famous Hadith announces : The Rizq ( Blessed sustainance) of my Ummah is distributed during Fajr.
Finally make a point to sacrifice your valuable time and get into some type of social service to serve people and sacrifice your laziness and try to remember Allah as much as possible during these days.
Author Nisaar Nadiadwala