Eid-ul-Adha: A time for reflection

The Eid-ul-Adha or Hari Raya Hajji as it is commonly known here in Malaysia is this coming Sunday. In light of this, I would like to wish everyone "Selamat Hari-Raya".

Many people in Malaysia do not celebrate Eid-ul-Adha the same way they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, for whatever reasons. While Hari-Raya Puasa is celebrated in grand fashion, the Raya Hajji is greeted with less enthusiasm and festivities. Even the government only gives a 1 day holiday as opposed to the customary 3 days for Raya Puasa.

However, in other Muslim countries, one would be surprised to know that the Raya Hajji is a bigger celebration compared to Raya Puasa. In the grand scheme of things, they are right; Eid-ul-Adha is a much bigger event than the Eid-ul-Fitr. It is the symbol of sacrifice to the Benevolent Allah as displayed by Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH).

In mortal context, we live in such a materialistic world that we often forget that all of what we have here in this world is nothing but temporary. We often fall trap to the riches of the world that we forget they are not permanent. The Eid-ul-Adha reminds us of this interim time in this world.

And like Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) before us, let us sacrifice our worldly gains and thank Allah for everything that He has bestowed upon us for whatever we have right now, we have it because of Him. Let us be reminded that we are here in this world for a purpose and lest we be blinded by the materialistic riches that the world has to offer, we only need to remember this day to know that God is the absolute and to Him, we submit ourselves willingly and unconditionally.

Eid Mubarak everyone!


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