وَالْفَجْرِ By the dawn
وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ And [by] ten nights
وَالشَّفْعِ وَالْوَتْرِ And [by] the even [number] and the odd
وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا يَسْرِ And [by] the night when it passes,
هَلْ فِي ذَٰلِكَ قَسَمٌ لِّذِي حِجْرٍ
Is there [not] in [all] that an oath [sufficient] for one of perception?
Surah Al Fajr ~ 89 : 1-5
Alhumdulilah, we are approaching the Mubaaruk days of Zul Hijjah and the auspicious day of Qurbani.
The lesson of Qurbani teaches us to sacrifice for the sake of Allah. It reminds us that we are slaves of Allah and not of our nafs.
When we place the knife on the throat of the animal, then we should ponder, reflect and imagine, that in reality, we are placing the knife on the ‘throat of our Nafs‘ and we are slaughtering this Nafs of ours … We are slaughtering the evil desires and spiritual maladies of our souls- ie the anger, jealousy, malice, pride, egoism, greed etc.
After making Qurbani bearing this in mind, if we are invited by the evil desires of our nafs again, then we should quickly remind ourselves that we have just slaughtered our Nafs and hence should not become tempted so easily and return to those sins we have given up, not too long ago!
Ask ourselves – If we are true slaves of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and we endeavour to annihilate (Fana) our Nafs, then why do we succumb so easily to the dictates of our nafs and become slaves of the Nafs that we had just subdued and slaughtered?
by ~ Moulana Naeem Motala DB
Hazrat Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar RA related that Nabi Sallallaahu ‘alayhi Wasallam said: “No days are as weighty with Allah and so liked by Him for good deeds than the first 10 days of Zul Hijjah. So on these days increasingly read: SubhaanAllah • Laa ilaaha’illallaah • Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar.” (Musnad Ahmad)