Dr Shabbir on Eid-ul-Adha
Mubarak means full of barakah. Barakah is sustained benefit to Allah's creation. So, on the occasion of Eid, we must share our blessings with others and help them in ways that would be of lasting benefit. That's how we can be Mubarak to Eid. Otherwise, our greetings of Eid Mubarak to each other will only remain an empty social gesture.
Eid-ul-Adha & Animal Sacrifice
Animal sacrifice to please God is a pagan dogma that Muslims have universally adopted. The Qur'an prescribes nothing but nahr. nahr applies:
- Only to camel sacrifice,
- Only in Makkah,
- Only during Hajj.
The objective of sacrificing camels during Hajj is to make the congregation self-sufficient in food resources. Muslims become a laughing stock and waste billions of dollars every year when they slaughter animals, generally on streets. This pagan practice is nowhere ordained in the Quran.
Slaughtering millions of animals on a single day grievously hurts the productivity of potential animal generations, an important food and industrial resource.
Udhia = Qurbani = Animal Sacrifice. Blood sacrifice is strictly a Pagan and Biblical ritual supposed to please God. He does not prescribe it at all. Only camels may be slaughtered at Hajj, and only in Makkah for the pilgrims to host one another (22:36). NAHR strictly refers to the sacrifice of a camel.
Is animal sacrificing the commemoration of Hazrat Ibrahim?
There is a rampant belief among Muslims that they slaughter animals, sheep, goat, cow, camel in memory of Ibrahim's (AS) attempted slaughter of his son Ismail (AS). That Allah saved Ismael (AS) by replacing him with a ram sent from heaven. Does Allah play games with His servants? How much more Biblical can one get?
The momentous sacrifice - no ram, no animal
37:102 And when he was old enough to strive along with him, Abraham said, O My dear son! I have a vision that I must give you to a life of test and tribulation for a Noble cause. So look, what do you think? He said, O My father! Do what you are commanded. God willing, you will find me of the steadfast. [Zibh & Zabh = Sacrifice = Disregarding comfort for a Noble cause]
37:103 As both of them had surrendered themselves (to Allah), he made Ismail prostrate on his forehead in gratitude. [Contrary to popular tradition Abraham never envisioned or intended to slaughter his son]
37:106 This was indeed a Trial, clear in itself.
[Leaving the prestigious office of Chief Priesthood in Babylon and now the comfort of Syria for the wilderness of the valley of Makkah]
37:107 We exchanged his life for a Momentous Sacrifice. [Please notice here the absence of the Biblical and the traditional myth of a ram sent from the heavens. Also, note that slaughtering of a sheep or goat, by no means, can be considered a Momentous Sacrifice. 14:37, 37:102]
Why should we celebrate Eid-ul-Adha?
Because it is the culmination of Hajj designed to be the Glorious Annual International Conference of all humanity to foster brotherhood, justice and equity among all nations, and devise ways to make this planet a better place to live. Think of the United Nations with all its failures in justice and equity. How about United Mankind with Divinely directed morality, brotherhood and justice? (2:196-203, 3:96-97, 22:27-28).
Currently the high institution of Hajj has been reduced to a senseless ritual involving much chaos, waste of wealth and person. Yet, contrary to the Quran, most Muslims think that performingHajj will erase all their sins of a lifetime and make them sinless as if they were newly born!
محمّد عبد الحمید
مصنف، "غربت کیسے مٹ سکتی ہے" (کلاسک پبلشر، لاہور)