Editor: Eid-ul-Adha or the Eid of Sacrifice is one of two major holidays that Muslims all over the world celebrate. This is not to be confused with Eid ul Fitr, which is the Eid of Fasting which we celebrate after Ramadan.
We celebrate Eid-ul-Adha to remember Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son at God’s command. Even though Abraham loved his son, he was willing to sacrifice him to gain God’s pleasure. However, God stopped him and said it was no longer necessary to offer his son due to his obedience. Instead, he sacrificed a goat to celebrate. To commemorate this, Muslims sacrifice an animal and distribute its meat to the needy and share the rest with friends and family.
But is sacrifice relatable in today’s materialistic world? Yes. In today’s world as Muslims and specifically, American Muslims, we need to be more compassionate than ever. We do not always have to sacrifice an animal to show devotion and love of our community. Instead, we can help with the spiritual, moral, or economic situation of others. If we attempt to please God by sacrificing something for the greater good, then we will make our communities around us better too. And as a community, what better way can we learn to help each other than to share the spirit of sacrifice?
Zaynab Mirza, Aldie