To me, Eid ul adha is a day that reassures me that the sacrifices I’ve made for Allah will all be worth it.
Ismail’s life was saved even before the blade of the knife came down against his neck. Allah never needed Ismail’s life to be taken in the first place. In fact, he doesn’t need any of the things we sacrifice for Him. He just gave Ibrahim an opportunity to come closer to Him through his complete submission to Allah, just as He does to us with every divine command from Him.
Everyone has their own Ismail. Maybe it’s your attachment to money or status. Maybe it’s your pride and ego. For me, it’s also the day to day conundrums like resisting the urge to take off my scarf or or stopping myself from dropping my Arabic studies and taking the next flight home so I can finally be with my family.
We cling on to this life because it’s all that we’ve known, but our soul yearns for its home above in the heavens.
Like a hot air balloon, Allah orders us to cut the ropes of the things we feel so attached to, so we can ascend higher and higher and come closer to Him and reach our homes in the akhira. Ibrahim already reached his home in the highest level of Jannah. If Allah Wills then we will too.
The hardest thing is to take that leap of faith, but when we sacrifice for Allah, we affirm to ourselves that this is just a fleeting abode and that there is something far, far better waiting for us.
لَن يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَٰكِن يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَىٰ مِنكُمْ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ سَخَّرَهَا لَكُمْ لِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُحْسِنِينَ – 22:37
Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good. (Sahih International)
Eid Mubarak, and may Allah accept from us and you.
-your sis Nis