July 27th – August 2nd – “Sacrifice”

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Letter Title: “Sacrifice”

This Friday, I’ll join almost two billion Muslims across the globe in celebrating the largest Islamic holiday; Eid ul Adha, the festival of sacrifice.

We commemorate the unrivaled sacrifice of Prophet Abraham and that of his family, revered as paradigms and ancestors shared among three major religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

We’re familiar with Abraham’s readiness to slaughter his promised son based on a series of divinely revealed dreams. But did you know that his wife Hagar and son Ishmael also obeyed God’s will without hesitation? Ishmael was only an adolescent when he replied to his father “do as thou art commanded” in Qur’an 37:103. Although God stopped Abraham from carrying out the dream literally, Abraham and Hagar had already fulfilled the dream and passed the test when he settled Hagar and infant Ishmael in the barren deserts of Faran, Arabia, in order to bring life to it (Gen. 21:14-19, Quran 14:38). There, they raised the foundations of the first House of God on Earth known as the Kaaba in Mecca, originally built by our father Adam. This would become the center of the largest pilgrimage on earth; Hajj, a pilar among five actions in Islam.

As an Ahmadi Muslim, I’m reminded to willingly sacrifice from that which I love for the benefit of the less fortunate. This is why we sacrifice an animal; to donate it to the poor as was revealed; “Their flesh reaches not Allah, nor does their blood, but it is your righteousness that reaches Him” (22:38). While our Mosques remain closed for congregational worship, we still utilize them for essential services like food and blood drives.

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Spanish: CARTA AL EDITOR

Titulo de la carta: “Sacrificio”

Este viernes, junto a casi dos mil millones de musulmanes alrededor del mundo, celebraré la mayor festividad islámica: Eid ul Adha, la festividad del sacrificio.

En este día conmemoramos el incomparable sacrificio del Profeta Abraham y su familia, respetados como paradigmas y antepasados de las tres mayores religiones: Judaísmo, Cristianismo e Islam.

Es bien sabido cómo Abraham estaba listo para sacrificar a su prometido hijo debido a una serie de sueños revelados por Dios. Pero, ¿sabías que su esposa Hagar y su hijo Ismael también obedecieron a Dios sin dudar? Ismael era tan sólo un adolescente cuando respondió a su padre: “Oh, padre mío, haz lo que se te ordena”, como se recoge en el Sagrado Corán en el versículo 37:103.  Aunque Dios detuvo a Abraham de cumplir su sueño de forma literal, Abraham y Hagar ya habían cumplido el sueño y pasado su examen cuando él dejó a Hagar y al pequeño Ismael en el árido desierto de Faran, Arabia, con el fin de traer vida a él (Gén. 21:14, Corán 14:38). Allí levantaron los cimientos de la primera Casa de Dios en la Tierra conocida como Kaaba, en Mecca, originalmente construida por nuestro padre Adam, y que se ha convertido en el centro del mayor peregrinaje en la tierra, Hajj, uno de los cinco pilar del Islam.

Como Ahmadi Musulmán, se me recuerda que debo sacrificar generosamente de aquello que amo en  beneficio de los que son menos afortunados.  Esta es la razón por la que sacrificamos un animal, para donarlo a los pobres como ha sido revelado: “No es su carne la que llega a Al-lah, como tampoco su sangre, sino que es vuestra piedad la que llega a Él” (22:38).  Aunque nuestras mezquitas se mantienen cerradas para la oración en congregación, las seguimos usando para servicios esenciales, como la donación de comida y sangre. 

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What is the Quranic story of Abraham PBUH? The story of #Abraham and Ishmael appears in chapter 37 of the Holy #Quran. Prophet Abraham, who had no children, prayed to #God for the gift of a righteous son, and God blessed him with a son, Ishmael. The #Quran illustrates the conversation between #Abraham and Ishmael in light of God's command. Ishmael responds by saying: 'O my father, do as thou are commanded; thou wilt find me, if #Allah please, of those who are patient.' Thus, the noble father and his worthy son submitted to God's will, and the All-Merciful #God stopped Prophet #Abraham from sacrificing his son; 'indeed, He ransomed him with "a great sacrifice." The extraordinary sacrifice of the prophets #Abraham and Ishmael is commemorated every year by Muslims. We’re familiar with Abraham’s readiness to #sacrifice his promised son based on a series of divinely revealed dreams, but did you know that his wife Hagar, mother of Ishmael also obeyed God’s will without hesitation? Abraham and Hagar had already fulfilled the dream and passed the test when he settled Hagar and infant Ishmael in the barren deserts of Faran, Arabia, in order to bring life to it (Gen. 21:14-19, Quran 14:38). There, they raised the foundations of the first House of #God on Earth known as the Kaaba in #Mecca, originally built by #Adam. This would become the center of the largest pilgrimage on earth; #Hajj, a pillar among five actions in Islam. No other rites, if there are any that honor Abraham's Sacrifice, can match the scale and magnitude of the commemorative symbolic sacrifice done by millions of Muslims around the world on the day of Arafat and on the days to follow. Other rites of #Hajj, such as the circumambulation of the Kaaba, the running between the mounts of Safa and Marwa, the #sacrifice of an animal, are all in memory of the events in the life of Prophet #Abraham and his family. Prophet #Muhammad PBUH, a descendant of Ishmael PBUH, was born in #Mecca in 570 C.E. By then, Mecca was a pagan city, and the Kaaba was filled with idols. #God chose Muhammad to revive His original message: to worship the One God, believe in His prophets, and live righteously.

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