Eid ul Adha Commemorating Sacrifice
On the 9th of November, the world celebrated the twentieth anniversary of tearing down of the infamous Berlin Wall. The wall that stood resolute in separating brothers, countrymen and man made ideologies, that cost the lives of many
and caused irreparable harm could not withstand the innate love of brotherhood between fellow man and came crashing down. It signaled the end of the cold war and contributed to the coming
together of Europe into a union.
The festival of sacrifice, Eid ul Adha to be celebrated on Friday 27th November, 2009 ranks as one of the most important events on
If understood in its correct context and its message implemented then it can serve to bring down those individual "Berlin Walls"of mistrust, hatred and intolerance that we have built around our hearts.
Islam, is not a new religion. In fact it is the finalization of the same message and guidance that the Almighty revealed to all the Prophets of different nations during their respective eras,
beginning with the father of mankind Adam (peace be upon him).
The Holy Quran makes this principle an article of faith for Muslims with its injunction:-
"Say 'we believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes, and in (the books) given to Moses, Jesus and the Prophets, from their Lord: we make no distinction between one
and another among them, and to God we bow our will (in Islam)."
Chapter 3 verse 84
The Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) has the unique distinction to be the head of the world's three largest religions - Judaism Christianity and Islam, all of which are based on the cornerstone of Monotheism.
The founding Prophets of the above three religions and the prophets that followed them are descendants of the family of Abraham (peace be upon him). The Jewish religion
began with Abraham's descendant Prophet Moses (Musa), thereafter amongst others came Prophet David (Dawood) and Prophet Zacharia (Zakaria) and came to an end with Jesus Christ (Issa) (Peace be upon them all)who
was the last prophet of the Jews from the family tree of Isaac (peace be upon him). Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) was the descendant of Abraham (peace be upon him) by his other son Ishmael (Ismail) (peace be upon him).
While in Makkah, the Almighty commanded Abraham (peace be upon him) in a dream to sacrifice in His way, the thing that he loved most, his son Ismail (peace be upon him). Abraham (peace be upon him) unquestionably set out to obey
the command of the Almighty and conveyed to his beloved son Ismail (peace be upon him) that he should be ready to be sacrificed. The Quraan documents that Ismail (peace be upon him) agreed without
hesitation and accompanied his father for the sacrifice.
When Abraham (peace be upon him) attempted the actual sacrifice, the Almighty had substituted a ram in the place of Ismail (peace be upon him) as a reward
to Abraham's and Ismail's (peace be upon him) absolute faith in Him.
A similar account of Prophet Abraham's (peace be upon him) tests of courage and faith is described in the Bible in Genesis, Chapter 22.
This is why Muslims all over the world make an animal offering
to commemorate Prophet Abraham's (peace be upon him) supreme act of sacrifice and submission to the Divine Will.
The Almighty does not need the flesh and blood of the slaughtered animal. It is the spirit, feeling and intent of the person offering the sacrifice that is of paramount importance.
Sacrificing the animal in God's name is an acknowledgement and acceptance that the Almighty is the real owner of life and man is but a mere servant bowing to His Will. This is the festival of Eid Ul Adha.
On behalf of the SANHA Executive, Management, Staff, Certified Plants, well wishers and supporters we wish all Muslims Eid
Mubarak and our Non-Muslim friends peace. We pray that the spirit of the sacrifice makes us stronger, morally and spiritually for the year ahead, Almighty willing.
May peace, stability, prosperity and true faith prevail
throughout our Global village.
P.S. Muslims as a mark of reverence and respect utter the prayer "peace be upon him" when the name of a Prophet is mentioned.