That spirit of charity taught by Islam is needed
Holy Eid-ul-Azha is upon us. Along with Eid-ul-Fitr, this occasion marks one of the biggest religious festivals for the Muslim calendar. While this is a day of joy and celebration, we must not forget that Eid-ul-Azha, or Qurbanir Eid as it is called in Bangladesh, is also a day of solemnity and sacrifice -- for this is the day that recalls the time Prophet Ibrahim’s (pbuh) faith was tested by Allah.
The story is well-known: As an act of obedience towards Allah’s command, Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) was willing to sacrifice his only son, but before this could be carried out, Allah replaced the prophet’s son with an animal. Thus started the festival of sacrifice, which Muslims around the world observe to this day. Eid-ul-Azha also reminds us of the value of sharing, and the importance of spreading around the goodness to those less fortunate than ourselves. It is a time of charity, and looking inward.
We must remember that while much shopping is done in the time of Eid, this is ultimately a spiritual rather than materialistic occasion. As such, it is a time to shed all ostentation, and to humble ourselves towards the greater good. Through making a deeper connection to our religious and moral obligations, we can, bit by bit, make Bangladesh, and the world, a better and more compassionate place.
Needless to say, the country is going through an extremely difficult time right now, so now more than ever, that spirit of charity taught by Islam is needed. Let us, this Eid, resolve to give freely, and to be kinder to one another.
The Dhaka Tribune wishes all its reader a heartfelt Eid Mubarak.