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Redirecting and Reinforcing ‘If’al Ma Tu’mar’ to Oneself

بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

Reflecting on an ayah is an ibadah of a highest kind.

Today as the world celebrates Eid al Adhaa, I would like to discuss on an ayah that celebrates and commemorates the act and the spirit of sacrificing for the cause of Allah.

Reading the story is one thing. Drawing inspiration is another. 

“And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast. Surah As-Saffaat 37: 102

Re-read these beautiful words: “يَا أَبَتِ افْعَلْ مَا تُؤْمَرُ ۖ سَتَجِدُنِي إِن شَاءَ اللَّـهُ مِنَ الصَّابِرِينَ

“O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.”

This revolutionary reply given by the forbearing son when his father asked his opinion about getting sacrificed in the way of Allah is, in fact, the sum and substance of the purpose of a Muslim’s life on earth.

Qur’anic commentators mention that after his marriage, Ibraheem alaihis salam was childless for about seven decades. (some say 80 years)

For all these long years, Prophet Ibraheem alaihis salam had been making earnest du’aas (supplications) to Almighty Lord, begging for an offspring.

At last, Allah blesses him with Isma’eel.

Ibraheem’s happiness knew no bounds. He is now a father to a son.

Great things aren’t achieved easily. You have to overcome hurdles.

Right at the time when this aged father wanted to enjoy the company of his new born son, Allah commands him to part company with his family.

He is ordered to take his wife, Hajar, and the infant son, Isma’eel, to a far off land, Makkah.

Submitting to Allah’s commands was Ibraheem’s cup of tea.

He immediately takes his loving wife and the charming son from Palestine to Makkah.

He is then ordered to leave them there all alone and go back to his place, which Ibraheem executes graciously.

Some years pass by in separation. Now comes the time for reunion.

When his son reaches the age of running and exertion (about 11-12 years of age), Ibraheem is again commanded to go to Makkah.

He was not going there to have fun with his family. Allah was actually scripting a bigger test for His beloved Messenger.

Ibraheem is shown a dream in which he is seeing that he is sacrificing his son.

Dreams were a part of Almighty’s revelations to His chosen Prophets.

Having understood that it is a command from Allah, Ibraheem, the father, narrates his dream to his son, seeking his stand.

Here comes, the stunning reply: If’al Ma’ Tumar! O my dear father, do as you are commanded.”

What an obedient son Ismaeel was! Like father, like son!

On this Eid Day, let us redirect and reinforce this wondrous response to ourselves, to one’s inner feelings and inclinations, by saying: ‘Do what you are commanded’. 

Let’s boil down to a few commands:

Command 1: Worship Allah alone, be sincere to Him in religion. 

Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, I have been commanded to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion. Surah Az-Zumar 39: 11 Also refer 12: 40 and 13: 36

Command 2: Be part of the community. Be a Team Player. 

[Say, O Muhammad], “I have only been commanded to worship the Lord of this city, who made it sacred and to whom [belongs] all things. And I am commanded to be of the Muslims [those who submit to Allah] Surah An-Naml 27: 91 Also refer this ayah

Command 3: Establish Prayer, Give Zakah

And they were not commanded except to worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion. Surah al Bayyina 98:5

Command 4: Render Trusts

“Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing.” Surah An-Nisaa 4:58

Command 5: Adopt Justice & Good Conduct, Be helpful to relatives, Shun Immorality. Say NO to oppression.

“Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” Surah al Nahl 16: 90

Eid al Adhaa brings to fore the submission factor to the Will of Allah. The father and son duo will ever remain an inspiration of all times.

May we follow the letter and spirit of Eid al Adhaa in our life by submitting to the Will of Allah through fulling the commands directed to us as being a part of the Muslim Ummah.

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