Aidiladha or the Celebration of Sacrifice has just passed us. It remarks a celebration on the sacrifice made by the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) whom was asked by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to slaughter his own son he only met for few days since he was born 12 years before that. Let’s discover briefly on the story as mentioned in the Quran in Surah As-Shaffaat: 100-110;
“100. “O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!” 101. So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear. 102. Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: “O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!” 103. So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah., and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), 104. We called out to him “O Abraham! 105. “Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!” – thus indeed do We reward those who do right. 106. For this was obviously a trial- 107. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice: 108. And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times: 109. “Peace and salutation to Abraham!” 110. Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.”
It is a great story known by Muslims including the People of the Book (The Christians and The Jews). It remarks a symbolic act of ultimate sacrifice to gain the pleasure of the Almighty Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. As we all know, the command of slaughtering his son, Prophet Ismail (Ishmael) was then replaced by slaughtering a sheep/lamb instead.
I believe this story is too familiar to us until we take it for granted hence missing the real message Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala would like us to understand. We can see Allah’s command of slaughtering Prophet Ismail is to symbolize the slaughtering of mortal ties/bond that we have apart from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala within our heart. When we say we are Mukmin (The Believer) there should be nothing we are binded to except to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Thus, in everything we do, Allah is our main goal and the sole reason we are doing something.
From Allah we came and to Him we shall return…