The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat recently joined the rest of the Muslim world to celebrate Eid-ul Adha, locally called ‘Tobaski” in The Gambia.
Delivering his annual ‘Tobaski’ Message, Baba F Trawally, the Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in The Gambia, said Eid-ul Adha reminds us of the sacrifice of the tenderest sentiments of mankind – the sacrifice of one’s offspring which is the hardest of all.
“Majority of people, rather more, will be found to be sacrificing themselves for the good and benefit of their children. The sentiment constituting our solicitude for our offspring has prevailed in the human race regardless of time, place, colour and creed. Eid-ul Adha therefore points towards sacrifice of the strongest and most universal of sentiments of humankind when thousands of years ago Allah the Almighty commanded Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his eldest son Ishmael for his sake.,” he added.
According to him, Hadhrat Abraham was unmindful of his own feelings and those of his wife Hagar as due to the immense love he had for his Lord and creator.
“The huge lesson here for us is the unity in the family which, if adhered to, can prevent all sorts of domestic conflicts. The unequivocal obedience, humility and steadfastness that was shown by Hadhrat Hagar and her child in the barren land of Mecca for many years in the absence of Hadhrat Abraham is unparalleled,” he stated.
Trawally stated that Muslims all around the world commemorate this great sacrifice spiritually and symbolically every year, noting that “our frequent chanting of ‘Allahu Akbar” in Eid prayers is a sign of our glorification of the sacrifice of Hadhrat Abraham as is a verbal admission on our part that in his sacrifice we have witnessed the glory and greatness of Allah Almighty perfect obedience.
He went on: “It also means peace, meaning thereby that perfect peace can be attained only by a true spirit of self-sacrifice and obedience, a practical proof of our love and devotion towards Almighty Allah”.
The Amir posited that many occasions come and go in life and their significances are little pondered over by the majority; be they religious, cultural, national or tribal. These he asserted, all mark some worth of significance and cause us to reflect on a certain event or events which represent some importance in the lives of the people concerned. “But, as pointed out by the holy Qur’an, it’s not the outward act the mere form of which is real object when we slaughter the animal on the morning of Eid-ul Adha. ‘It says: their flesh reaches not Allah, nor does their blood, but it is your righteousness that reaches him’”.
He reminded followers that moral values are the ladder to all progress, adding that God Almighty never wastes the faith of a person who acts kindly towards others. “When a person does a deed for winning the pleasure of God Almighty and deals with his weak brother with compassion, then that person’s sincerity strengthens his faith. But it should be remembered that moral values displayed as a show off are not regarded as values by God Almighty and in the absence of sincerity, they serve no use,” he concluded.
by Fatoumatta K Saidykhan
& Amie Suso