For our revelry, the reason for our celebration, the reason for our joy? Today is Eid Al-Adha — th e celebration of the sacrifice. Service manual free download. And this is the seaso n of Hajj — when the Muslims have come fr om around the world to the house of Allah in humility and submission. But let not the meanin g of this great occasion be lost on those who have stayed behind.
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Today is a day of celebration: and as Muslims we should feel great joy today. But what is the reason for our revelry, the reason for our celebration, the reason for our joy? Today is Eid Al-Adha — the celebration of the sacrifice. And this is the season of Hajj — when the Muslims have come from around the world to the house of Allah in humility and submission.
But let not the meaning of this great occasion be lost on those who have stayed behind. What does it mean that we commemorate an event when Allah asked Ibraheem to prepare to slaughter his only son?
Why should there be joy in our hearts on this day? The Eid Al-Fitr is really a celebration that we were able to pass the test of Ramadan — that we submitted to our Lord, followed his commandments, even if difficult, and emerged gaining his mercy Insha'Allah. We realized during the days of Ramadan that the greatest pain is from a heart that is empty and preoccupied. We strove to rectify that — as we stood during the nights seeking Allah's mercy, imploring him for forgiveness.
We are celebrating that no matter where we were and what we were doing we acknowledged that the remembrance of Allah was greater — and we came to that. The pattern that is emerging here is that we, as Muslims take joy in having held to the commandments of Allah and obeyed him with sincere obedience.
And why does sacrifice do this? How does the sacrifice of an animal demonstrate piety? The essential element here is that Allah asks man to give something up — an animal that he owns, for no reason other than Allah has commanded it. Now many of us would say that sacrificing a sheep does not take very much Taqwa, and this is where the story of Ibrahim comes in to play, because the sacrifice that we do, is really in commemoration of the one that he was commanded to do.
So the trial that was placed on Ibrahim is very clear — and a story that we can gain much from. After his people tried to burn him in the fire, and Allah saves Ibrahim, Ibrahim asks Allah for righteous offspring. And then Allah grants him this child. And we all know that soon after Ismail is born, Ibraheem his commanded to leave the baby and his mother in the middle of the desert all alone.
But Ibraheem would travel back occasionally to visit the family. And after sometime has passed, and Ibrahim has watched his child grow from infancy into a young lad that can now accompany his father — Ibrahim has a dream. I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you offer you in sacrifice to Allah , so look what you think! And we know, as the Prophet Muhmmad S said, that the dreams of the Anbiya the prophets are true, so as soon as he had seen this dream, he knew that it was true and that this dream was revelation from Allah.
What can we gain from this? We know that Ibrahim had a deep longing for a righteous son, and Allah gave him one — and yet, just as that son begins to blossom, begins to grow into a young man, Ibrahim is asked to give him up.
And this is not the first time — as soon as Ismail was born Ibrahim was commanded to leave Ismail and his mother in the desert. So this is the second time that Allah has tested Ibrahim with his love for this child. But this trial is even more severe than the first, because previously, although Ibrahim had to leave them, he still had the comfort of knowing Allah would care for them, and he did have the chance to visit them.
But this time he is confronted with the trial of actually separating himself permanently from his beloved son. For what is the purpose of a trial other than to test how attached your heart is to Allah.
And one of the best ways to test that is take away whatever you love the most next to Allah. In this situation a person can have two responses — if the love they had for the created thing was greater than their love for the creator, they will fall into despair; because the thing that filled their heart has been taken away. So Ibraheem's willingness to implement the command of Allah, in spite of the fact that it would separate him from what he loves shows the greatness of his love for Allah.
If Ibrahim had been ruled by emotions or had valued his own intellect over the command of Allah he would have begun questioning — questioning WHY?
But no, this is Ibraheem The Khalil, the close friend of Allah. And the one who is close to Allah is the one that recognizes the greatness of Allah over his creation, and the one that submits to him without hesitation, without second guessing Allah's commandments. And this is the description that Allah has given to all true believers:. And this is what Ibraheem knew. This is what Ibraheem understood. And This, this is what Ibraheem acted upon.
This is what made Ibraheem the Khalil The close friend of Allah. This is what made Ibraheem an example for us. So the question I would pose to each and everyone of us here today, Brothers and Sisters is: Are we really believers when we find resistance in our hearts to the commands of Allah?
You have fulfilled the dream! Thus do We reward the Muhsinoon. So the fulfillment of the dream was that both Ibraheem and Ismail submit to Allah and prepare themselves to carry out his command — once they did this, Allah informed them that they had what he wanted.
From this, we see further evidence of what Allah has told us in Surah Ash-Sharh:. When they had both demonstrated the trait that was to be tested, the trial was lifted. This should tell us that in any trial our first instinct should be to ascertain what Allah wants us to learn, and then work to bring that change about in ourselves.
The purpose of these trials is not to cause pain. He does not want to make things difficult for you. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make it known the truth of those who are true, and will certainly make it known the falsehood of those who are liars. And lest we think that the actions of Ibrahim and Ismail are something far removed from us, something we need not aspire to, look closely again at the verse we mentioned.
Brothers and Sisters this is the essence of our religion, this is Islam. If we call ourselves Muslims, this level of submission is something we must strive to posses. Although our tests will surely not be as great as those Ibrahim faced, we will assuredly have them, and we must pass them. So this Eid is a reminder of the essence of submission. What Ibrahim did is what we must do: Submit to the commands of Allah, and obey him.
Wherever that command finds us, in whatever condition, the response of our hearts must be submission. And although the test of Ibrahim was one of bereavement — that is Allah tested him by commanding him to give up something, we might be tested with an increase in that which our hearts are attached to. This would be to test whether our hearts will become blinded by an abundance of what we love and neglect the commands of Allah — unfortunately I think many of us are failing this kind of test living in this country.
If you feel as though you have not been tested, look again: because you may have been tested many times and never stopped to reflect on it. So being reminded that the essence of Islam is submission, how do we show our submission to Allah — surely it is not in the matters that we might choose. So while the obedience of Allah permeates all aspects of our life, this act of submission that we have undertaken with our life on this earth consists of five main parts that we must hold on to.
And the head of these matters — the mast of the ship that represents our Islam is establishing the Salah. Indeed when Allah describes the believers in Surah Al-Muminun, the first thing mentioned is the Salah:. Lest we think it is for poverty or meekness in this life that people enter the Hell Fire, Allah tells us that the people of Hell-Fire will witness that they did not establish prayer. We have all heard the expression actions speak louder than words.
So the sin of not praying Asr prayer is enough to completely wipe out anything else good that you have done on that particular day. Brothers and sisters this is a stern warning.
From the one who cares for us. And virtually every time prayer is mentioned in the Qur'an Zakah giving alms is mentioned soon after. Allah says:. That is the upright religion.
And if so, we must hasten to do that, because death can come upon any one of us, at any time. Brothers and Sisters these are the MAIN terms of the contract we have entered with Allah — these are the terms we must fulfill, along with obeying in all else we have been commanded to do, and avoiding the prohibited.
And after all of that you might be disappointed to know that there is only one thing that Allah must fulfill. But despair not, for that one thing, is greater than anything you can imagine. A voice will say: "This is what was promised for you,- for every one who turned to Allah. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty. But this reward is only for those who are willing to submit to Allah, even if that means sacrificing what we love.
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Eid Khutbah In Arabic Text
We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our own evils and our own bad deeds. Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem! O You who believe, — Be aware of Allah, with correct awareness, an awe-inspired awareness, and die not except as Muslims.
Eidul Adha khutbah
Today is a day of celebration: and as Muslims we should feel great joy today. But what is the reason for our revelry, the reason for our celebration, the reason for our joy? Today is Eid Al-Adha — the celebration of the sacrifice. And this is the season of Hajj — when the Muslims have come from around the world to the house of Allah in humility and submission. But let not the meaning of this great occasion be lost on those who have stayed behind. What does it mean that we commemorate an event when Allah asked Ibraheem to prepare to slaughter his only son? Why should there be joy in our hearts on this day?