I am taking this opportunity to wish all Malaysians a Selamat Hari Raya Aidil-adha. To those who will be driving home, please do be careful and drive safely.
The Eid-il-adha (aidil-adha) is also known in Malaysia as Hari Raya Korban. This is to commemorate the day Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) was asked by God to sacrifice his son, Ismail (Ishmael. There is however a divergent here as the Christians and Jews believe it was Isaac and not Ishmael. Some say God asked Abraham to sacrifice "his only son").
Prophet Ibrahim, without asking any question and after telling his son of the command, proceeded to "fling him down to his face" (Quran: 37:101-103). God then proclaimed that Prophet Ibrahim had fulfilled the vision and declared that it was a test.
The practice of slaughtering cows or goats on this day is derived its origin from these verses.
Sometimes I wonder whether these verses are a metaphorical call for selflessness and submission to God rather than a literal call for offering sacrifices of animals in order to please God.
I stand guided.