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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil-adha

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.


Adercon said...

I would like to think those verses are just purely metaphorical.

Because for a Dad to unquestioningly kill his own son, the one he raised with love, is such a sick thing.

Asyraf said...

Salam mr.

[Quran 7:28] They commit a gross sin, then say,"We found our parents doing this, and God has commanded us to do it."Say,"God never advocates sin. Are you saying about God what you do not know?".

As you can see, God never advocates sin. If you read the Quran also, God never asked us to commemorate the event where Abraham trying to sacrifice his son. And nowhere in the Quran God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. Beside, God saved Abraham from fall prey to Satan's plot by substituting Ismael[37:107] and He said,"you believed the dream"[37:105].
This is where I think the traditional muslim had got it wrong.
Further read: http://www.submission.org/quran/app9.html

PM said...

Ya also sacrifice some Rm50 dollar notes..have it ready

LAT said...

Just a humble sharing of the Word of God as in the Bible concerning Hagar and Ishmael.
Genesis 16:1-4 "1 Now Sarai, Abraham's wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar.2 So, Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children.Please, go in to my maid; perhap i shall obtain children by her." 3 Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Epyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten yrs in the land of Canaan. 4 So, he went in to Hagar, and she conceived.And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.

Genesis 16:15-16 "So, Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was 86 yrs old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

Isaac is born.
Genesis 21:1-4 "1 And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had spoken.2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.3 and Abram called the name of his son whom Sarah bore to him-Isaac.4 Then Abram circumcised his son Isaac when he was 8 days old, as God had commanded him.5 Now Abram was 100 yrs old when his son Isaac was born to him.


Slaughtering animals for korban is plain wrong.

LAT said...

In regard to quote:"...(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")."

As Christians, we follow the Word of God 'Abraham's Faith confirmed' as in Genesis 22:1-18.
"1 Now it came tp pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham !" And he said, "Here i am."
2 Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which i shall tell you."
3 So, Abram rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of hs young men with him, and isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which god had told him.
4 Then on the 3rd day Abram lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abram said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and i will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."
6 So Abram took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.
7 But Isaac spoke to Abram his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering ?"
8 And Abram said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." so the two of them went together.
9 then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abram built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
10 And Abram strecthed out his hands and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, 'Abraham, Abraham !"
12 And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now i know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns.So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The LORD Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided."
15 Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: " By Myself I have sworn, said the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son- 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."

Hope by these Word, it will shed some light for our mutual understanding.

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Singam said...

Since the Bible and the Qur'an diverge on the question of which son was to be sacrificed, and both holy texts claim authority, the matter cannot be resolved by debate. It is best that each person follow his own heart in choosing which to believe.

One could also take the view that the command to Abraham/Ibrahim was allegorical and that it does not really matter which son was involved.

I have a more fundamental question that may offend some Muslims - is the celebration of Eid recommended in Qur'an or is it from Hadith?

Is it possible that the Haj ritual was introduced by the Arabs to promote the Arab economy and hegemony?

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Siti said...

"Is it possible that the Haj ritual was introduced by the Arabs to promote the Arab economy and hegemony?"

Hahaha, Mr. Singam, you are a cynical old fox you are. Many of us "buat tak tau je" when such questions pops up now and then when we hear the well-meaning uztaz prattle on and on, demonstrating more his memorising ability than his spirituality and understanding of the Quran.

Anonymous said...

Dear Art,

The current practice of sacrifice lamb and cow is for selflesness and submission to God. Departing a part of one's wealth to the less fortunate.

God tested Adam's sons whereby one of them sacrificed the best sheep he had and the other son had sacrificed a lesser one. God also tested prophet Ibrahim.