Message from Imam Zaid Shakir Concerning ‘Eid al-‘Adha

02Jan07

Message from Imam Zaid Shakir Concerning ‘Eid al-‘Adha:

“‘Eid al-‘Adha commemorates the end of the struggle undertaken by the pilgrims to Mecca and the Sacred Precincts. This day also commemorates the struggle of our father Abraham, peace be upon him, and his family. Abraham’s struggle revolves around his pure devotion to God, and his willingness to sacrifice everything that he possessed for his Lord, even his very son. The Hajj, the pilgrimage, is a reenactment of this universal prophetic history.

During this blessed season, let us all strive to renew our commitment to our faith. Let us commit ourselves to the great struggle of carving out for our community a dignified place in these Western lands. Let us renew the spirit of sacrifice and selflessness in this world of selfishness and egoism gone mad. However, let us also take time to enjoy ourselves during the coming holiday. But even as we enjoy ourselves, let us keep the remembrance of God ever present on our tongues and in our hearts. Our beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, described our great holiday best when he mentioned, concerning the three days which follow ‘Eid day, “They are days of eating, drinking, and remembering Allah.”

Hence, we do not fast on these days of Eid, even so, do not neglect to mark the eve of Eid al-‘Adha also as a blessed night for worship. It is related that Imam ‘Ali, may God be pleased with him, would devote himself entirely to worship during four nights of the year, those being: The first night of Rajab, Lailat al-Fitr [the night of Eid al-Fitr], Lailat al-‘Adha [the night of Eid al-‘Adha], and the night of the middle of Shaban.

May Allah bless us all whoever we are and whatever our faith with the greater good of human brotherhood that connects all of us, for Abraham made the call to all of humanity. May we realize the common bonds of humanity that unite us and collectively make this world a better place.

May Allah make it easy for us all. For those who are making the Hajj this year, may He return you safely to your families with renewed spiritual insight and energy. May you and your families enjoy a blessed Eid al-‘Adha of giving, gratitude and peace, Insha’Allah.

Imam Zaid Shakir”

[Courtesy: ‘Imam Zaid and Friends’ at Google Groups]

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