Eid Al Adha is just around the corner and people often ask what can be done to prepare for it. We say you can prepare with a firm intention, a heart ready to seek forgiveness from Allah, and a willingness to sacrifice anything that acts as a roadblock towards the path of Allah.
Let’s ask ourselves a simple question – what lies at the core of the slaughter we do?
To understand this, we must recall the story of Ibrahim (a.s). He was assigned the gargantuan task of sacrificing the son he held so close to his heart. Imagine a father setting out to kill his own son!
However, Ibrahim a.s did not let his attachment get in the way of obeying Allah’s command. Allah did not let him down either. It was not the son that Allah wanted. It was the sacrifice – the sacrifice of anything which we hold dearer than Allah.
So before you start preparing, let the real message sink in
Here are a few ways to prepare yourself for the Eid Al Adha:
- Renew your intentions
What is the essence of Eid al Adha? Are we really observing it to remember Allah?
Your intention determines what will be written in your book of deeds. So renew it before you welcome Eid al Adha.
- Make plenty of worship- Worship as much as you can
While you may not be observing Hajj, you can still maximise your worship and make plenty of Du’a during. These are golden days. Make plenty of Istigfaar, Dua and Prayer.
- Fast on the day of Arafah
Arafah is a very much virtuous day. You fast one day and Allah expiates the sins of the past and coming years. Abu Qatadah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was asked about fasting the day of Arafat. The Prophet said, “It will expiate the sins of the previous and upcoming years.” Then he was asked about fasting the day of Ashura. The Prophet said, “It will expiate the sins of the year.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1162
Make sure to reap its benefits just before Eid Al Adha.
4. Understand the essence of sacrifice
When Ibrahim (a.s) set out to sacrifice his son at Allah’s command, he taught us that we need to place any relationship, attachment or bond we may have in this world completely in the hands of Allah. Before you sacrifice the animal, you must internalize this concept.
5. Uphold ties of kinship
Eid al Adha is a golden chance to uphold the ties of kinship. So take this opportunity to mend all broken ties. Make peace with everyone whom you have upset. Forgive everyone who has wronged you.
6. Give charity
While we enjoy delectable meals on Eid al Adha, there are roughly 821 million people across the world who are starving. Help someone celebrate Eid with as much zest as you do. Give.
7. Distribute fairly
Once the sacrifice has been made, distribute it in such a way that one-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor.