ACTNews, JAKARTA – Eid-ul-Adha is a Muslim Holiday apart from Eid-ul-Fitr. It is celebrated in the month of Dhu’l-Hijjah when millions of Muslims perform Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha is a moment of sharing happiness through the distribution of qurbani meat.
The qurbani ritual is taken from the example of Prophet Ibrahim and his son Prophet Ismail. From their stories, there are lessons from which Muslims can take examples, as revealed by Allah in the Quran Surah Al-Nahl verse 120.
What are the lessons?
First, Prophet Ibrahim is known as the Imam, the leader that becomes an example for all Muslims. He was also given the title Abu’l-Anbiya, meaning “Father of the Prophets”, in accordance to the Quran Surah Furqan verse 74: “… make us an example for the righteous."
Second, Prophet Ibrahim is an obedient worshipper of Allah, where he always unwaveringly obeys Allah’s commands. Remember the story of how Prophet Ibrahim left his wife Hajar and his infant son Ismail. It shows how Prophet Ibrahim’s love for Allah is greater than his love for his wife and son.
However, instead of hating Prophet Ibrahim, Hajar and Prophet Ismail fully supported Prophet Ibrahim’s acts of obedience to Allah, including when he was commanded to sacrifice his firstborn son that he had yearned for years.
Allah revealed the conversation between Prophet Ibrahim and his son Prophet Ismail in Surah Saffat verse 102: “And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, "O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think." He said, "O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast."
Third, Prophet Ibrahim was a hanif, a servant of Allah who is determined to be steadfast upon the truth and the straight path. He firmly held on to the principles of truth and never even think for a second to disobey Allah.
Hence, the Muslims who proclaimed themselves to believe in Allah must take Prophet Ibrahim as an example, including by performing tie qurbani ritual as a form of obedience to Allah.