Urdu translation of message
Dear Community Members,
Assalaam un Alaikum
On the 10th of Zilhaj, some 4,000 years ago, Prophet Ibrahim (as) offered to sacrifice his beloved son, Hazrat Ismail (as) at the command of Allah (SWT). Hazrat Ismail (as) also willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah (SWT). But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (as) and instead sent a sheep to be sacrificed in his place. In reverence of this great event, Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals during Eid-uz-Zoha.
During the festivities, we must not forget the true spirit of sacrifice, which is far deeper than the symbolic sacrifice of just a goat or a sheep or a cow that we witness. The sacrifice signifies total submission to the will of Allah (SWT). Total submission is accepting, complying, and obeying all His orders and commands.
In the sermon of Imam Husain (AS) at Mina, he says “God mentions the duty of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil (al- amr bi al-ma ruf wa al-nahy an al-munkar) before all other duties, because He knows that if it is performed and established in the society, all other duties, both the easy and the difficult, will also become established. The reason for this is that al-amr bi al ma ruf wa al-nahy an al-munkar means summoning people to Islam, as well as resistance against injustice, opposing and struggling against oppressors, and endeavouring to ensure that public wealth and income derived from war are distributed in accordance with the just laws of Islam, and that taxes are collected, levied and expended in due and proper form.”
On this Eid day, once again, I reiterate, we should not forget our Marhoomeen and Shohada and pray for their Maghfarat. We must also remember our near and dear ones – specially our needy relatives and friends. Let us all make an effort to visit the families of the Shohoda, our elders and our relatives.
We are living in times of trials and tribulations. Islam allows every person to practice his own faith. Regrettably, the Takfirees wish to impose their own brand of Islam on all the other sects. Brutal killings are being done by them when anyone does not accept their version of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and these senseless and brutal killings is not Islam.
Let us all pray for the UNITY of the Muslim Ummah and bury our slight differences in order to forge this bond with our brothers against these takfirees. It is important to re-establish links with our non-Shia brothers to spread the truth, and urge all brothers to do so.
On behalf of the entire Managing Committee of KPSIAJ, I wish all of you EID MUBARAK, with a prayer that may Allah (SWT) guide us in our endeavours and protect us from evil.
President, Khoja (Pirhai) Shia Isna Asheri Jamaat, Karachi