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Has the Modern World Ruined the Gist of Eid?

Today in the modern era where our lives are mechanic and pretentious we are moving far away from our culture and religion. Religious festivals and traditions are losing its true meaning and we are more indulged in socializing. Eid-ul-Adha specially being socialized more with selfies with sacrificial animals and peeping into others’ lives and seeing what animals  they have brought for sacrifice.

In true essence Eid-ul-Adha is done in remembrance of Abraham’s (Ibrahim’s) willingness to sacrifice his son out of faith in Allah and Allah’s mercy on us all.

As Ismail was replaced with a  lamb; is the traditional thing to eat on Eid-ul-Adha. It is a time where Muslims from around the globe come together to perform the great pilgrimage to Mecca. The spirit of sacrifice, or ‘Qurbani’, is an instance for Muslims to remember the value of self-denial, and also to remember the importance and the beliefs we learnt from prophet Ibrahim’s (PBUH) time and his great act of complete submission.

I’m forever hearing how other ‘religious’ holidays have lost their meaning and how people just crave any excuse to celebrate with a party and exchange of presents.

Some of us sometimes enjoy criticizing something we see as completely ‘pointless’ and complain about festivities of other faiths losing their purpose and the significance of why they were originally derived.

Sometimes, I fear that people are slowly forgetting what Eid-ul-Adha is supposed to attain and what we’re supposed to be celebrating in reality.What a shame that is. If even a few more bothered to understand the real riches of Eid and endeavored to put this thinking into practice throughout the year, we would have twice the country we do. 

No, we mustn’t let Eid go in that direction. Nowadays, we’re too worried about what we’re doing on Eid, friends planning weeks in advance for the outing of Eid night, what they’re wearing, looking good, how much money they’ll be getting off older family members, etc.

We’re always worrying about what presents to get, and who to give presents to! Some Muslim families are even getting themselves into debt just to come up with all the shine and shimmer that they’ve led their children to believe Eid should have.

It’s easy – and I should know – to get caught up in the festivities of eating and socializing, listening to music, spending a fortune on clothes and gifts, spraying ourselves with expensive fragrances, packing on the makeup, throwing parties and all, with the reason: ‘because it’s Eid’, and then end up forgetting, or failing to truly remember the importance of Eid-ul-Adha and what it’s supposed to represent.

While it’s important to enjoy our Eid and make our families happy it’s more important to remind ourselves and our families the reason behind the festival and to ensure the story is never forgotten, so that we can enrich and nurture those values and lessons that our ancestors were taught and teach them to our children today.

That way, our festivals, holidays – or whatever you want to call them – will always remain what they should be. Festivals are a symbol of our traditional and cultural values, we need to preserve them or we might just be losing our identity.

In celebration of Eid we must not forget those who really deserved the meat instead of stuffing your own refrigerators and sacrifice you ego, your hatred, and jealously and clean up your hearts.

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