“Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik. Labbaik, La Shareek Laka, Labbaik. Innal Hamdah, Wan Nematah, Laka wal Mulk, La Shareek Laka Labbaik”
Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am. Here I am at Thy service and Thou hast no partners. Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty, and Thine alone is The Sovereignty. Thou hast no partners, here I am.
Assalamua’laikum dear readers.
Today is the 11th Zulhijjah and it marks the end of E’iduladha which is a festive celebration for the Muslim community. In local land, the Muslims did a sacrificial act on the sheep. Whereas in Mecca; the Muslims did Hajj (pilgrimage) to fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam.
We often relate the days of E’iduladha with the famous story of Prophet Abraham where he got his commandments from Allah to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ishmael. Prophet Abraham had a choice and he made a choice. He loved his son. However, the love for Allah was more than the love for his son that he willing to sacrifice. It was not a sacrifice of his son but a sacrifice of Prophet Abraham’s attachment to anything that could compete with his love for Allah. Even Prophet Ishmael understood and willing to give his own life to fulfil Allah’s commandment.
Before I elaborate more on sacrifice, let’s go to what is definition of sacrifice is. The definition of sacrifice in this context can be defined as to make a sacrifice or offering of. However, does Allah really need an offering? Allah being the Almighty does not lose or gain its power when someone decided not to prostrate to him.
However, another question that pop into our mind is that why Allah asked us to sacrifice our wealth, money and everything for the sake of Allah?
“Say, “If your fathers and your sons and your brothers and your spouses and your clan and the wealth you have earned and the trade you apprehend will recede and the homes you like are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and Jihad in His way, then, wait until Allah comes with His command. Allah does not lead the sinning people to the right path.”” (At-Tawbah:24)
By sacrificing our wealth, money, personal attachment that we have towards this world, Allah wants to see who is willing to sacrifice for His cause. Remember that when Allah brought down his commandments, it was not meant for His own goods but for individual and the community own goods. It is a win-win situation. The one who gives will usually feel at ease and satisfaction because the things that he did is for Allah and for the one who receives will feel grateful to Allah. Subhanallah, it is really a wonderful cycle if each individual plays a part.
Sometimes we tend to forget that whatever we have in this world is actually temporary. Our wealth, family, house and even ourselves are all just loans from Allah and He can take it all back anytime and anywhere. We always assume that whatever we have is ours and it is hard for us sometimes to let go of our wealth. This is because of our attachment to this world which has been beautifully manipulated to our naked eyes.
“The worldly life is but play and pastime. If you believe and be God-fearing, He will give you your rewards, and will not ask you your riches.” (Muhammad: 36)
The previous verse has taught us that Allah is not asking for our wealth to be given to Him but instead, the wealth that we give will be rewarded by Allah the Almighty.
The question is now, are we willing to sacrifice our wealth for the Allah’s sake?
Sometimes it is easier said then done but insya’Allah with the right intention, Allah will definitely help us in taking the stepping stone. There is a Malay saying goes “Mengalah bukan erti kalah.” which means giving in does not mean you lose. This is a reminder including myself just in case we forgotten. Wallahua’lam.