Channel: Omar Suleiman
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So now I want to come on up and welcome back to the virtues of the hedgehog. So the most prominent practice that we have within these 10 days is obviously the theory of the sacrifice, the sacrifice itself, and it is the sacrifice of our home, it is seldom that we are commemorating. But there's something very deep about there either of the sacrifice or the sacrifice itself and the meaning of the area. So let's hear our sacrifice in particularly in the in the pre Islamic context, used to be done to the idols that they would bring to the cabinet and they would surround the house of Ibrahim it has surround the house that Islam built for Allah, they would surround it with idols, and then
they would sacrifice to those idols. And this is very embedded in the aspect of worship that used to be carried out and for us we find in the little town where Allah mentions, but in the sadati when new Suki Wilma Hyo Mati de la hillbilly alameen, so verily my prayer, and my sacrifice, my life and my death are all for the sake of Allah. So the fact that Allah would even put sacrifice in the same category as salaam, as prayer here shows you really how deeply embedded This was in worship, to the idols and in the way that they would offer sacrifices to the idols. So what is it with the sacrifice and what do we take from the sacrifice, there's a deep meaning in the Abrahamic way, in the way of a
bohemian Salaam. It's obviously embedded in Judeo Christian thought, and Christian in Jewish thought with Ibrahim alayhis, salaam. And Christian thought, you know, even calling a Saudi saddam Jesus peace be upon him, the Lamb of God, the sacrifice of Allah. For us, we look at this as first and foremost a means of drawing close to a lost penalty. So it's honoring the One God that there's only sacrifice to the one God. And also, it's a means of drawing close to a loss penalty. So the word quarterback any quarter, which by the way, is the same word in Hebrew, that the Jews would use. Muslims also say quarterback, any quarterback, any quarterback, any and Arabic is to draw close to a
loss of Hannah Montana. So it's a means of honoring the One God it's a means of coming close to a loss of hundreds at it in the way of the boy whom it is. And even Ahmad narrates that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to offer a sacrifice for all 10 years that he lived in Medina. So every one of the 10 years he lived in Medina, he would sacrifice a lot of them. And that's significant because the Prophet only did one hedge in the ninth year of that hedge.
But I'm sorry, the nine year after him, but he offered sacrifice every one of those years, just like He fasted out of from the second year after his little onwards, the prophet sly son was still practicing the oath here, and still practicing the fasting of alpha, even before the hedge came. Now the benefit of the one offering the sacrifice, not trimming their nails, or not trimming their hair, any of their hair or their body hair is significant, too. Now, if any of you have been to aamra, or How'd you know that when you're in a state of ROM, there's certain prohibitions for you. So you're not allowed to take from your hair or your nails, as you're in that state of a head on. Likewise,
when a person is in that state, or in the state of going to offer a sacrifice, for the first 10 days of that hedge, they're not allowed to take from their hair or their nails until after the sacrifice is done. Now, what's the significance of that? One, it connects us to the people in which it connects us to the people and, and a lot of times, we have a hard time connecting to those people. So the one offering the sacrifice is like the one who's in a state of another benefit that a show county came along mentions in a little thought that just like the person who, who's in a home is completely ransomed from the punishment of jahannam on the Day of Judgment. Likewise, it is like
saying every single part of you is freed and ransomed, and, and protected from punishment on the day of judgment in the night on if it is accepted by a loss penalty. So it's freeing your entire body from punishment and ransoming yourself with a loss of hundreds as you offer that sacrifice. Who is the person that is to abide by this? It's the person offering the sacrifice, not necessarily the one carrying it out? What does that mean? If I delegate someone else to sacrifice on my behalf, but I am the one offering the sacrifice, that person is not the one subjects of the prohibitions? I am okay. So the person who's offering the sacrifice on behalf of themselves and their family, so not the one
that's carrying it out, nor the one that it's being being carried out on their behalf, it's the one who's offering the sacrifice that would have to abide by those prohibitions, so that they too could inshallah tada benefit from the full reward and of course everyone that's being offered on behalf of also enjoys the same reward and this is from the wisdoms of it. Lastly, and I think it's very beautiful, that in our religion, we have two eights we have these two sacrifices, I'm sorry, these two feasts and when we have or even footnote which is there after the
month of Ramadan, the fast of Ramadan, you have the counterfeiter, you have a charity that is due on everyone that can afford it to pay for the feast of someone else have another family so all of the Muslims are supposed to give the council photo to the ABLE Muslims are supposed to give the council fitclub so that they are not the only ones that get to enjoy eat, but the entire community gets to feast on that day, even if they're not able to feast throughout the year. Likewise here you have on either up ha you know a requirement or a certain practice in which a person who can offer a sacrifice has to offer a sacrifice and then that meat is distributed so that other people can feast
as well, that typically would not be able to feast. And in a lot of countries Muslim countries and places where the sacrifices take place. Many people would only eat from from you know, from an animal that day in particular, they would not be able to afford it throughout the year. But that's the only day that they get to eat from the old hair to eat from the sacrifice. And so everyone gets to feast on that day, even the poor who are typically left out. And so it's just beautiful that both of their aides require us to include the wider community that typically does not get to celebrate everyone should celebrate on this day and everyone should have the means to celebrate on this day.
So just like an idol photo, if you can pay it so that someone else can enjoy it You must and likewise with the other half you can offer a sacrifice so that others can enjoy that sacrifice enjoyed the meat of that sacrifice and feast as well. Then you should do it and that allows the entire community to truly enjoy or eat together May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to see the benefits of it in this life and in the next and join us with our beloved Prophet sallallahu Sallam the Prophet Ibrahim it is and all the prophets and the highest level of janitor for those alum I mean it was like the love hate on with cinema it come to light here