By: Aa Fachrurrozi
Every year the Muslims welcome the coming of Eid Al-Adha by increasing the readings of takbir, tahmid, tasbih, and tahlil. Those who are able, also slaughter sacrificial animals, accompanied by reflecting on each other (muhasabah bin nafsih). These are the extent to which we are consequent and consistent in the implementation of Islamic law.
The spirit of Qurban/sacrifice – which is the core of Eid al-Adha – becomes a benchmark and a description of how much we are willing to sacrifice what we have for our love of Allah and obey all His commands.
Idul Adha is a monumental day, which reminds us all of the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim AS, for his obedience to Allah’s commands, slaughtering the fruit of his heart, Ismail. However, when the sharp knife was ready to cut off Ismail’s neck, by the will of Allah, Ismail’s body, who gave all of himself for the sake of his love for Allah and his father, was replaced with a large sheep.
This story truly portrays a pair of father and son who love each other but are willing to separate and surrender their love in order to fulfill the command of Allah Almighty. Ibrahim is an example of a father who really loves his son, Ismail.
Moreover, Ismail was born after he prayed for years without ceasing to God. Therefore, since he was a child, Ibrahim cared for, protected and educated Ismail as much as possible. However, his love did not challenge nor counter his love for Allah. As the word of Allah Almighty said:
“And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah. And if only they who have wronged would consider [that] when they see the punishment, [they will be certain] that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is severe in punishment.” [QS Al Baqarah (2): 165].
In the case of Ismail, he is an example of a child who is obedient and good to his parents, Ibrahim. Ismail is a product which was fully forged and educated with Islamic light from his parents. So, when God commands his father to slaughter himself and saw doubts in his father, Ibrahim, Ismail exclaimed as told in the Qur’an: “O my father, do what God has commanded you. You will find me – your son – if Allah wills, included in those who are patient [in fulfilling Allah’s commands], ” [QS Ash-Shaffaat (37): 102].
Listen to the wisdom contained in the history of the Prophet Abraham and Ismail. Of course, the sacrifice, as intended, is not only limited to the routine activity of cutting livestock, cattle or sheep.
Allah says, ”O you who have believed, respond to Allah and to the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. And know that Allah intervenes between a man and his heart and that to Him you will be gathered.” [QS Al-Anfaal (8): 24].