Idul Adha and Purity of Intention
Neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus He has subjected these animals to you that you may magnify Allah for the guidance He bestowed upon you. And give glad tidings (O Prophet!) to those who do good. (Surah No. 22, Muhammad, Verse No. 37)
Only piety reaches to Allah:
Dear brothers and sisters, Idul Adha is on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah and is followed by three further days of celebrating. Through we commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his beloved and dearest son Ismail following the command of Allah. However, we also know that in pre-Islamic times, the Arabs used to offer flesh of the animals they sacrifice at the altars of idols. Avoiding this practice, the Qur’an points out in the above mentioned verse that what reaches Allah is not the blood or the flesh of the sacrificed animal, but taqwa or piety. If a man sacrifices an animal out of genuine feelings of gratitude to Allah and does so with purity of intention and for the sake of Allah alone, then the purity of his spirit and intention is bound to reach Allah. Without purity of spirit, however, the mere offering of blood and flesh are meaningless in the light of Islam.
We have to remember that Allah’s wants is not that animal or its blood; rather He wants our devotion and submission to His command. Therefore, we should be grateful to Allah for His guidance in this matter, in which many People have gone wrong, and we should magnify Allah, proclaim the true doctrine, so that virtue and charity may increase among us.
The good doers in the sight of Allah:
We perform good deeds totally for Allah’s sake only without any show-off or to gain praise or fame, etc., and do them in accordance with the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) because, they are the good doers in the sight of Allah.
– Md. Moshiur Rahman