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Reflections On Eid Al-Azha: There Is A Victory Mantra In The Battle Of The Sacrifice And The Colour Of The Festival

By Grace Mubashir, New Age Islam

9 July 2022

The Mission of Haji Is To Shine In The Sun Of Arafah And To Remain In The Darkness Of Muzdalifah

Main Points:

1.    It is that sweet and beautiful sound that reverberates in the mosque minarets and Eidgahs of the world; 'Allahu Akbar, Valillahil Hamd.'

2.    Devotees share the joy of sacrifice by reciting Takbeer in Eidgahs and mosques.

3.    The pilgrims who settled in Arafah also flocked to Muzdalifah for rehabilitation.

4.    Dulhajj moon was a beacon of light for the pilgrims to the majesty of Makkah.


The sun that had blazed in Arafah began to move towards the western horizon and darkness in Arafah faded out. The pilgrims who settled in Arafah also flocked to Muzdalifah for rehabilitation. Dulhajj moon was a beacon of light for the pilgrims to the majesty of Makkah. After reciting Tasbeeh with heart, the sun went down, and after reciting Talbiat, Dulhajj moon left for Muzdalifah. The mission of the sun is to burn the day. Moon's mission is to wake up the peaceful night. The mission of Haji is to shine in the sun of Arafah and to remain in the darkness of Muzdalifah. The miraculous phenomenon of the Sun, the Moon and the infinite number of galaxies moving through the path of rotation fixed by the Lord. There is no competition between the stars. The Sun does not overpower the Moon or the Moon overpowers the Sun. A Haji does not advance by rejecting another Haji. Everything revolves in the path set by Allah. Motion without static. If you retire from one, you flow into the other. Above all, it is a prayerful journey with hope towards the creator of the universe. The essence of worship and celebration in Islam is the same. There is a mantra in the believer's movement, humility, joy, celebration and worship - 'Allahu Akbar Walillah Hamd' (Allah is great, to Him be all praise).


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The 10th night of Dhul Hajj, the night of the world's sacrificial feast. Moments when the Takbeer sounds of happiness reverberate throughout the universe. Haji, who spent his days without covering his head in the scorching sun of Arafah, rests his head on the moon-bathed Muzdalifah. One looked up at the sky. Only a scattering of stars surrounds the expanding full moon. There are no roofs of palace which were lying till yesterday. Haji brushed his fingers over Muzdalifah's pebbled mudflats. There is no soft bedding under the body that gives good sleep. All he owns is the pearl white dress of 'Ihram' which is worn on the last journey. Haji muttered to himself; 'A sacrifice before tomorrow's sacrifice!' Dulhaj moon said to Haji: This is a definite decision made by the invincible, glorious and omniscient Lord. O Haji... guest of Allah... you should not spread the roof of the mantelpiece... do not look at the silk mattress to get a good night's sleep. Coot has no family and friends. No business empires to be found here. Otherwise, what a country, what a home for the one who sacrificed everything! ... Haji answers the sacrifice by saying the Labbaik. Devotees share the joy of sacrifice by reciting Takbeer in Eidgahs and mosques.

A believer is one who confesses the Shahada of submission in the five earlier prayers. He was prepared for a sacrificial life of dedication. Yes, I bow down to the lord who carries the water-carrying clouds, to that supreme power who offers all the earth full of black rocks and great mountain ranges. I have taken up the sacrificial way of submission that Ibrahim (a) and Ismael (a) and Muhammad (pbuh) took even when they refused. 'Allahu Akbar, Valillahil Hamd.'

He who fought for ideals and took the path of sacrifice will always be a 'refugee' in history. Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) was a refugee who came from Iraq to Palestine and then to Makkah. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who came to Medina from Makkah was another refugee. are you a refugee who leaves his country and home, throws away his star-studded clothes, and ends up in Muzdalifah without bodyguards or escort vehicles. But you are not disgraced here. Self-respecting. A self-respecting Muslim who surrenders everything to Allah. The sweetness of Iman fills the heart when you sacrifice everything that is not the Lord of the universe for that Lord. It is that sweet and beautiful sound that reverberates in the mosque minarets and Eidgahs of the world. 'Allahu Akbar, Valillahil Hamd.'

A Haji who recites Talbiyyah and a believer who chants Takbeer can be refugees at the same time. The land in your name may not be yours. Even if you keep the various identity cards of the governments you protect without losing them, you can be alienated. Because you are in the way of sacrifice of Abraham and Muhammad. The Prophetic tradition is the optimistic belief that Allah will provide food if you are hungry, water if you are thirsty, and healing if you are sick. Those who dream of a vast land of Allah beyond the bounds of demonic powers.

Dulhaj moon suddenly heard Haji and said: Haji, do you know the refugees who wandered in search of the shore and drowned in the waves? From Syria....from Palestine....from you know the millions of people living in refugee camps around the world with pains of loss and worries about the future? Do you hear the plight of thousands of Assamese people who are labelled as immigrants even in their native land that has been razed to the ground? Do not be sad and do not despair. They have committed no crime except by believing in the invincible and praiseworthy Lord and accepting the sacrificial way of submission. Let the Takbeer sound from your lips... 'Allahu Akbar, Walillahil Hamd...'


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In Abraham's sacrifice and Ishmael's submission there is no death that ends all. This is the miraculous sacrifice that Abraham thought of slaughtering, even if the knife tried to cut, did not leave a wound in the larynx of the one who was offered as a sacrifice. The sacrifice of an idealist who firmly believes that no wound will happen in life that is not ordained by Allah. Beyond the blood and flesh that flows from the body of the sacrificial animal, it is the sacrifice of a godly heart that opens the gates of heaven and reaches the ashes of the divine throne.

It was in the survival power of Ibrahim's sacrifice that Nimrud's dream became silver, the fires forgot the heat and poured warmth, when the gates of Iraq were barred in front of Ibrahim, the gates of Mecca were opened to Malar, the black rocks flowed like rain, and Ismail, whose throat was not cut from the point of a sharp dagger, walked again as a witness of Iman. When the Quraysh closed the gates of Makkah in front of Prophet Muhammad who came to conclude his Prophethood, the gates of Madinah greeted the Prophet by reciting 'Twala'al Badru Alaina'.

Ibrahim, who sacrificed his country, home and family, won this ordeal and ascended to the honour of 'Khalilullah' and the title of 'Imams'. He had the inner energy to build a holy place for mankind in the desolate and waterless Mecca. Ibrahim was the stream of life flowing from Imam ul Kaaba to the universal humanity. Therefore, offering to Allah will sacrifice the entire world of racism, eliminate communalism, and fight against the elitism that is an obstacle to universal humanity. It would scorn the false patriotism of barbed wire fences on concrete stakes. One God and one people. That slogan is the same.

Animal sacrifice is a defence against homicide. The upper class mentality of killing humans for animals is being broadcasted to the general public. The purpose of celebrations is to ignite humanity. Land without boundaries and people without layers. Ibrahim was Imam. Hence the Islamic community is 'Ummatun Li-nas' (community of the people for the people). The progeny of Ibrahim, who prayed to make Makkah a peaceful country full of fear and provide prosperity to all its inhabitants, will also strive for a peaceful land and a prosperous society. It is the same as the Muhammadan Sunnah, which reintroduced the Ibrahimi Millat. Like the ideal father Ibrahim, the ideal son Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also prayed; For Madinah to be a peaceful country, to be prosperous with agricultural crops. That's why Yathrib, which caught troubles before the Prophet's arrival, became a vibrant city called 'Madinah Tu-nabi'. No human blood is shed in the cities of Mecca and Medina, representing Abraham and Muhammad. Even there the voice that rises without stopping 'Allahu Akbar, Walillahil Hamd.'

On the day of sacrifice, devotees flock to Eidgahs and mosques, chanting Takbeer. The Lord of the Universe will proudly extol the angels about the exalted servants; 'Those men you said would spill blood are going to be... what good servants.' The energy and enthusiasm of the believers is not the Syria of ISIS, which was nurtured behind the imperialism and Zionism, but the Mecca of Ibrahim and the Medina of Muhammad. Because those blessed prophetic cities are the paradise on earth built by the refugees.

Idealistic celebrations share the generosity and compassion of the divine. The joy of the believer will be shared with his fellow creatures; Greetings will be exchanged knowing the coldness of the heart, and food will be exchanged knowing the hunger of the stomach. At the end of the fast, grain becomes the wheel of generosity, while at the festival of sacrifice, meat becomes nourishing food. Sacrificial meat for the world's poor and destitute.


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Those who remember Prophet Ibrahim, who prayed fervently for peace and well-being, cannot forget the victims of floods on the day of Eid. The festival has a touch of humanity only when the poor people whose dreams have been washed away by landslides and landslides are held close to their chests. When the tears of sorrow from the cheeks of the unfortunate who have lost everything are drawn into the hands of sympathy, those hands will be brighter than the henna of the festival. Even if a mountain collapses, a landslide falls or it rains non-stop, remember that you are still a refugee in your own country.

The Takbeer sounds of Eid rise amid the trumpets of the Imperialist-Zionist-Fascist satanic alliance that is taking over the reins of the world through terror and torture. Takbeer is not the mourning of a coward who has lost his ideal. It is the survival mantra for the bright future of the disillusioned, the victorious. The chant of millions of people flocking as refugees for a piece of land and a handful of days. The struggle of the festival is a cherished ideal rather than an extravagant pleasure. Divine dedication is the heart and core. The real sacrifice is to cut off the obstacles in front of it, the things that are dearest to one's life. Ishmael was the son of Abraham. Our Ishmael could be something else…


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Exiled from Makkah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) took refuge in Madinah and returned to Makkah. He prepares for his first and last Hajj no longer as a refugee but as an uncrowned ruler. Tears of happiness on the cheeks, Takbeer sounds of victory on the lips. The Prophet climbed the two hills alternately and looked towards the Kabbalah. Then he said: 'Allah is great. Everything belongs to you. There is no god but Allah. Safa and Marwa Lord your symbols... Lord.... You have kept your promises to me. Helped your humble servant. You single-handedly defeated all the allies who came to destroy your Deen. O Lord, to Thee alone are all praises.' Remember there is a victory mantra in the battle of the sacrifice and the colour of the festival.


A regular columnist for, Grace Mubashir is a journalism student at IIMC, Delhi


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