‘Baed’ Eid Mubarak

All over the world, it is “Eid-ul-Adha.” In mainland India, it is “Bakr Eid,” and in my home — Kashmir — it is “Baed Eid,” which means big Eid. The day symbolises the sacrifices of prophet Ibrahim, his son prophet Ismail and Ismail’s mother Hajara. One night, Ibrahim saw a dream where he was asked to sacrifice his 13-year-old son, Ismail. But he sidelined it for three nights, thinking it was a distraction from the devil. But once he became sure that it was a commandment from the god, he confided to his wife and took his son away from home. Then he revealed the whole story to his son — who later became a prophet – and Ismail replied: “Please tie my hands when you sacrifice me otherwise I may shake and ooze my blood on your clothes after which god will get angry with me.” About this learned, intellectual and obedient son, Allama Iqbal questioned, who taught all this to Ismail? Certainly god. “Yeh Faizan-e-Nazar Tha Ya Ke Maktab Ki Karamat Thi, Sikhaye Kis Ne Ismaeel Ko Adaab-e-Farzandi,” wrote the famous poet. It was not easy for Ibrahim to even think of sacrificing his first son, who was born when he was 86 years old, as per the Quran, and 100 years old, as per the Bible. But god was only testing Ibrahim to see whether he was willing to put aside everything for the sake of god to obtain larger things from the almighty. God didn’t really want any human sacrifice. The moment Ibrahim got ready to sacrifice his son, a sheep suddenly appeared from nowhere and a hidden voice asked Ibrahim to sacrifice the sheep, instead of his son, as he had passed the god’s test. That is why it’s written in Quran: “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches allah, but it is piety from you that reaches him.”
This is the first time that I am not celebrating Eid at my home. I hope the fire in Kashmir douses soon, and the beautiful valley resumes as the abode of sufi saints Lal Dedc and Noor ud-Din.



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