Monthly Archives: September 2016

Eid ul Adha 2016 – Part 7: The Takbeer continued

So, we talked about things we didn’t know earlier. Do you know the source of the takbeer which it is recommended that we say after each fard salaat during the day of Arafat and days of Eid ul Adha? Moulana Ahmed shared this in his lecture:

There are three components of the takbeer:

  1. Allahu akbar Allahu akbar : Jibreel
  2. La ilaha illa la wallahu abar: Ibrahim
  3. Allahu akbar wa lilla il hamd: Ismail

This was said when the animal appeared and the test was deemed successful.

 

Eid ul Adha 2016 – Part 5 Sub-Title: Qurbani – what’s that?

Growing up in Trinidad, with lots of East Indian context to Islam, we all talked about qurbani. So the question posed in the interactive discourse on the Virtues of Hajj (see previous post) was: “What does qurbani mean?” I stopped my hand from shooting up, because, usually, when a question seems easy to answer, there is usually a twist. (Confession: I really thought it meant sacrifice in urdu or hindi and I may not be wrong).

Qurbani comes from ‘qurb’. Meaning ‘to near, to approach, to draw near’. Huh? What does that have to do with udhiya/sacrifice on Eid ul Adha?

Sura 22 Ayah 37:

“It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him.”

The real aim of sacrificing an animal is to fulfill the order of Allah swt and show that one fears Allah swt and  to attain Allah’s consent and to wish to approach Him. A person who sacrifices an animal approaches Allah and attains His consent through it.

Did you know?

You attend lectures, and you sometimes sigh that you’ve heard all this before. But have you really heard all of it before? Were your ears really listening? Was your heart really engaged?

Moulana Ahmed gave a very stirring lecture to the intimate crowd that turned up to listen to him. We all know the story of Ibrahim saws and the test to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail saws.

But did we know:

  • lease Whose daughter was Hajra r.a. (beloved mother of Ismail r.a.)? (Hint – that tribal leader to whom Ibrahim saws said that Saara r.a. was his sister in an attempt to protect against the man’s proclivities)
  • That Satan approached each of Ibrahim saws, Ismail saws, and Hajra ra in futile attempts to misguide them from the path of Allah swt? (Why do we stone at three stations at Hajj? Aha – is it because of Ibrahim only, or the three members of his family mentioned here?) (Note – when NoS was asked by Moulana if he was told by his father that he was to sacrifice him, NoS’ response was that father would need to move to Black Rock (the colloquial reference to the ‘mad house’))
  • Who was blindfolded – was it Ibrahim saws or Ismail saws?
  • Whose shirt was Ismail saws wearing when he lay to be sacrificed? And why? (Hint – consideration for his beloved mother and the grief she would face. Please note that hadith says that he asked for the shirt to be removed so that he could be shrouded in it.)
  • What destroyed Nimrod’s army? (Hint – chikV and dengue and malaria carrying little pests)
  • What afflicted Nimrod and what gave him ease? (Hint – footwear hurling – is this the source of middle eastern insults?)
  • Did Ibrahim saws curse his father or part from him in peace?
  • Did the angels cool the fire into which Ibrahim saws was catapulted?