What Love Demands – Eid al-Adha Mubarak :)

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Eid Mubarak!

May Allah bless you all this Eid, dear Brothers and Sisters, with generosity of hand, sincerity of speech, kindness in action, and love and joy in remembrance of Him, who is the Source of all Generosity, Sincerity, Kindness, Joy, and Love. Ameen!

“O Lord! Let not our hearts deviate now after You have guided us, but grant us mercy from Your own Presence; for You are the Grantor of bounties without measure.” (Quran: 3:9)

This is the time of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, which celebrates the faith of Abraham, who was willing to sacrifice even his son Ishmael as God had commanded. Now,what are we willing to sacrifice in order that our prayers may be accepted?

That is the question I ask myself every year. Jesus (pbuh) kissed the leper, the whore, and the thief, out of love and forgiveness and healing. Because of the great expansiveness of his heart, miracles were possible. What have we done, what can we still do, to be worthy of the love and forgiveness and healing we ask of God? The answer that comes to my heart is always the same:

Do what love demands.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

According to a hadith, the Prophet (SAW) once said, “A true believer is one with whom others feel secure. One who returns love for hatred.”

Alhamdulillah! Indeed, Love is the greatest miracle of God. There have been Spiritual Masters of the past who would not let an aspirant be initiated until they had gone to everyone whom they had wronged in their life, and begged forgiveness, making amends in any way that was required. And until they had gone to everyone that had wronged them in their lives, and granted them forgiveness without asking, and with a whole heart. Only then could such a one be initiated on the mystic path.

And so we come to the great task of our lives, brought into focus on this day of Eid al-Adha: To sacrifice our fear and hatred, our envy and greed and all the other works of the fearful and self-absorbed nafs, in the certain knowledge that anyone who forgives a debt will be repaid tenfold by God, and anyone who forgives a wrong will be forgiven by God a hundredfold, and anyone who returns love for hatred will make of this life a paradise. That is what love demands.

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
– Rumi

Ya Haqq!


NOTE: This essay from 2008 will be edited and reposted every year :)

2 Responses to What Love Demands – Eid al-Adha Mubarak :)

  1. Tahir says:

    Pleas correct the mistake in your post. In the Islamic tradition, Abraham sacrificed Ishmael, not Isaac. Was this mistake intentional? If you believe that Isaac was sacrificed, back-up your claim with another post. I would love to read, not necessarily waste time respond to it. Pleas don’t mix up Eid al Adha with Jewish holiday. Thanks, Tahir

  2. Joubin Muhammad Houshyar says:

    The ambiguity in the Qur’an regarding who precisely was the sacrificed son is intriguing, to say the least.

    Certainly we can be assured that ‘the author’ of the Qur’an is fully aware of the contention between tribes regarding whose son was the sacrifice.

    The student of the Hadith will inform us that the Messenger (SAWS) clarified this matter. (For non Muslims, the Hadiths are the precise equivalent of the Gospels — saying, and actions of a messenger of God as remembered by his closest companions)

    I’ve always had a soft spot regarding the prophet Isaac (SA). There is a story of him in the Torah waiting in the filed after the passing away of his mother, while a servant of his father Abrama (AS) was sent abroad to seek a bride for Isaac. And when she, his cousin, arrived, they found happiness together:

    “And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted for his mother.” Genesis – 24:67

    Praise be to Allah!

    We’re are Muslims. We are the people of the Path of Truth. The Straight Path. Our Messenger, the Best son of Adam (SA), the Chosen of ALLAH among his servants, the Gentile Messenger, the Seal of the Prophets, expects better from us than to focus on the sacrifice than to Whom the Sacrifice is made!

    And Salaam!

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