The message from Abraham’s life is simple- the love of Allah trumps all other loves- love for his wife, love for a son, love for life (interestingly all halal sources of love). He was willing to keep his wife and son in the middle of a desert, all because Allah asked Him to.
Eid is more than a celebration, it is a reminder. We are reminded of our own submission to the will of God. Those Muslim’s who are not making the pilgrimage and who can afford it sacrifice an animal in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s test.
No other rites, if there are any that honor of the sacrifice of Abraham, can match the scale and magnitude of the commemorative symbolic sacrifice done by millions of Muslims the world over on the day of Arafat and on the days to follow.
During the construction of the upper level of the Ka’bah, Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) stood upon an extensive stone piece which was moved along with him as each area was finished. When the Ka’bah was constructed, the extensive stone piece was left outside the Ka’bah…
My Muslim colleague offered to play Quranic verses over the water. He bought a tape recorder and played some Quranic verses and we got the most perfectly shaped crystals, Subhan Allah! Dr. Emoto was also told that Muslims recite bismillah…
This is such a soothing Quran recitation, where Prophet Ibrahim asks for a child. It has English subtitles for those who do not speak Arabic.