Every year, Muslims around the world celebrate the feast of Id al-Adha. This great celebration is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. Id al-Adha is in memory of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son to God. God rewarded Abraham’s act of obedience by giving him a ram for the sacrifice in place of Abraham’s only son. You can find this story at Qs. 37:102-107 and Genesis 22:1-14. We can learn several lessons from Abraham’s experience.
The Lesson of Obedience
One lesson is about obedience to God. Abraham chose to follow the Word of God no matter what the cost. Even if that cost was his only son. God requires all of us to be obedient to His Word even when it will be hard or painful.
The Lesson of Faith
Another important lesson to learn from the story is about faith. Abraham believed in God with all his heart and this is called faith. In fact, Abraham is sometimes called the father of faith. He believed that through his obedience to God, something good would come about. And look what happened – God spared the life of Abraham’s son. God also gave him a free gift as well – a ram to sacrifice. The ram did not cost Abraham anything.
The Lesson of Mercy and Love
The greatest lesson here is about God’s love and mercy. God is gracious and merciful – Ar-rahmani r-rahim! God did not want Abraham or his son to suffer. So He Himself provided the perfect sacrifice for Abraham. God does not want anyone to suffer. He wants everyone to believe in Him and by faith walk with him. And because of this, He provides a sacrifice for us.
The Ram is a Symbol of a Much Greater Gift
God demonstrated His love and mercy for us by providing a sacrifice for all mankind. It is a perfect sacrifice. It doesn’t cost us anything. All we have to do is have faith in Him and obey His Word. The sacrifice God gave to the world is Isa Al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah). God’s Holy Word says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Injil John 3:16).
Blood Sacrificed to Wash Away the Sins of the World
We are all sinners by nature. God requires a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. There is nothing we can offer to God that will wash us clean from our sins. Because God is merciful, He provided a sacrifice for all of us. A sacrifice that is precious and perfect. And this perfect and free sacrifice is Isa Al-Masih. “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (Injil, 1 John 2:2).
Isa Al-Masih Wants to Save You and Forgive Your Sins
Isa waits for you to come to Him. He wants to forgive your sins and give you eternal life in Heaven. He is just a prayer away. Imagine a new life! Yes, a new life where all your sins have been forgiven. A life where there is no more need for sacrifices. A life where there is no fear of death but certainty of Heaven. Isa Al-Masih told His followers, “This is my blood of thecovenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Injil Matthew 26:28).
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I request to know which one of Abraham’s sons was to be sacrificed? Ishmael or Isaac, in reference to the Koran and the Bible?
The Bible teaches that Isaac was the son God asked Abraham to sacrifice.
But this detail is not nearly as important as the fact that God provided a ram in place of Abraham’s son. In doing this, God was foreshadowing the sacrifice of Isa Al-Masih for man’s sin. If you would like to know more about this, please read this article: https://www.isaandislam.com/way-of-salvation/the-divine-way.html
We all know that Allah (swt) asked Abraham (Ibrahim AS) to sacrifice his only son. But it was not written anywhere in the Injil or the Quran that Isa Al-Masih was allowed to sacrifice Himself to save anybody from his/her sins. Allah is Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim
It actually is written in the Injil, but the Quran denies it. “…and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (Injil, 1 Peter 2:24).
Sin separate us from Allah, that is why Isa came to deal with it. None can come to Allah if they haven’t been forgiven. I’d like you to go to this link for more information about the forgiveness of sin: https://www.isaandislam.com/Isa-Al-Masih/are-you-a-muslim-carrying-a-load-of-sin-there-is-help.html
Abdul mueed says
This eid reminds us sacrifice of hazrat Ibrahim but we should have our surroundings clean from animal waste.
Thank you for your comment above. Yet, before I can give further comment, please explain what do you mean of having “our surroundings clean from animal waste?”