As you wake up tomorrow with excitement about Eid. As you hangout with friends, family and food. Stuff your stomachs till you can’t move. Indulge on sweets, and deck yourselves out in your most fashionable attire. As you burn incense, share laughter, sing nasheeds and watch The Message (again!). Remember…
Remember that tomorrow is a celebration of FAITH. Of one man’s faith to be exact. Our forefather Prophet Ibrahim AS. Because of his faith in Allah SWT he passed the ultimate test. And because he put Allah SWT first above all else, above his love of self and this dunya and above his love for his child Ismael, he passed.
Allah SWT tests all of us in different ways. Whether through sickness, lost business, lack of children, poverty, divorce etc it matters not which trials befall us, they are all tests from Allah. Tests of our faith and our devotion. Will we rise to the challenge? Will we choose to be thankful for everything He has given us? Or will we sit and cry and lament our troubles?
Allah says in the Quran:
“Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves.”
“Do men think that they will be left alone on saying “We believe” and that they will
not be tested? And certainly We tested those before them, so that God will differentiate
those who are true from those who are false.” (Q29:V2-3)
“Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods
or lives or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently
He SWT also says:
“Your Lord is He that makes the ship go smoothly through the sea for you that you
may seek of His Grace, for He is Most Merciful to you. When distress seizes you at
sea, you cry to nobody save Him (God), but when He brings you back safely to the
land, you turn away (from Him). Most ungrateful is man!” (Q17:V66-67)
So tomorrow be happy, be merry, be thankful but most of all; turn to Allah and pray that He grants you true faith in your hearts so that no matter what tests come your way, you, like Ibrahim AS before you, will pass.
Eid Mubarak Kareem!!!
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