Eid al Adha commemorates the sacrifice of Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail (as). As Muslims celebrate this great event, they must keep in mind that without sacrifice, nothing can be achieved. In fact, the trials and tribulations demanding sacrifices are the pre-requisites to get closer to Allah subhanahu wa taala.1
Muslims, especially those residing in non-Muslim majority countries, suffer endless confusion about important dates in the Islamic calendar such as the start and end of Ramadan and celebration of Eid al Adha because they do not pay adequate attention to the Qur'an and the Prophetic Sunnah.1
We say the word Allahu Akbar so much that many of us have lost its meaning in context. On this day millions of people, hundreds of millions of Muslims re-iterate and emphasise the words Allahu Akbar.
How do Muslims celebrate Eid under occupation? Eva Bartlett, a Canadian peace activist who has been on several aid convoys, describes her experiences in Gaza under siege.
This day of Eid is a day of Jama’ah. (On) this day Muslims from all around the world come together as a mass of people concentrating their thoughts and their hearts on the fact that Allah is greater than all the powers of the Earth. They express their gravity to Allah (with) the words they repeat in unison. This is a day (that) because of its meanings we are to express our unity with each other, our solidarity to each other, our affinity to each other, our common brotherhood and camaraderie. This is a day that unities and does not divide. This is a day in which we express our happiness or cordial feelings to our brothers and sisters in our immediate local and around the world; but on the other hand this is a day when we should realise that the unity that Allah intended for us has become a division (that) the usurpers of His power and authority have imposed upon us.
You cannot be an Ummah of one when you are not in your flesh/bones/heart/soul the human that characterisation of Allahu Akbar. Many Muslims at times are given in to their weak human nature. Human beings fluctuate. Sometimes we feel very strong/confident and other times we feel weak/vulnerable. When we say Allahu Akbar it takes away the arrogance of being strong/confident and the inferiority of being weak/helpless. Therefore when we say Allahu Akbar, especially when we mean Allahu Akbar, we become the characters of Allah’s Prophets who are assembled in Makkah at this time of the year. Brothers and sisters, committed Muslims- the Prophet on this day, (we don’t have the time to go through all the sentences/meanings of khutbah Al Wada’/the farewell speech that he gave on this day- Yawm Al Nahr- on his last Hajj to Al Bayt Al Haram. Some of what he said is the following… We will say these words with the spirit/attitude/mentality of Allahu Akbar.
LLAHU AKBAR; ALLAHU AKBAR; ALLAHU AKBAR These are not words of rhetoric, and these are not words of rituals. These are the words of the Muslims throughout history, and the Mujahideen in our time. ALLAHU AKBAR; ALLAHU AKBAR; ALLAHU AKBAR These statements can be heard in Southern Lebanon, Chechenya, Palestine, Algeria, Kashmir, Bahrain and in other parts of the Muslim World. ALLAHU AKBAR; ALLAHU AKBAR; ALLAHU AKBAR Muslims who bare arms also bare testimony to the veracity of this statement. Allah is greater and superior to the forces against us. ALLAHU AKBAR; ALLAHU AKBAR; ALLAHU AKBAR Freedom fighters dying, but they are not really dead.