Inner Meanings of Hajj and Eid al-Adha

In the footsteps of Prophet Abraham, we will learn the language of the heart. This is important to reflect on, especially during the season of the pilgrimage and feast of the sacrifice. All of these activities are related to the prophet Abraham, and we will analyze his relationship to the Creator.

 

Islam was a revival of Abraham’s way of thinking, his approach to worshipping God. He is called the father of unity and Khalilullah, which means the intimate friend of God. The direct translation of Khalil means an intimate friendship in solitude. Abraham is the symbol of the “natural” way (fitrah), meaning the awakening or the innate way we were created

 

He showed us that surrendering to the Loving Creator is the most basic and human disposition.  Not surrendering is going against our nature. All revelations are sent as a reminder. The Quran defines itself as a victor, an indicator of reality. Coming closer to God is a process of rediscovery.

 

Through our motives, we realize there is a never-ending well of inspiration. If we can awaken this place within our heart, we tap into a never-ending source of peace. Everything should be a window to The One.

 

The prophet Abraham is also known for shattering false gods. Shattering the external idols is an easy pursuit when compared to shattering the false gods in your heart. The bigger struggle is against your false self.

 

When I am away from the real me, I am distant from my fitrah. There is tension within me. How you perceive and define the world around needs revision. When examining the world externally, I bring tension and emptiness to my heart.

 

Through shattering all the false gods, Abraham discovered that he is only attached to the Loving One. This was accomplished through contemplation. He received graceful news by trying to understand with his heart. He said:

 

“I love not those that set” (Quran 6:77)

 

What we love is what we adore and worship. The definition of worship is to give all of yourself. It means: I am ready to function as you wish.

 

What is love really? What are we doing when we love something? There is only one kind of love. At our deepest level, our hearts speak to The One. The hearts of human beings innately love the divine.

 

However, our imagination can skew this reality. We reinterpret love and add a new definition. We built up false facades by imagination and projections. The results of this can hellish states, which refer to psychological inner turmoil that produces feelings of disconnection and unworthiness. We do not listen to the language of the heart that Abraham teaches: to live from the deepest part of ourselves, the heart, not from our mind or bodies.

 

When looking at a baby, we can respond to its innocence and purity in a positive light, or we can reject those attributes. We choose to intentionally ignore the beauty before our eyes. We refuse to interact, feeling it may hurt to love because what you love may disappear. This is proof that we in fact love the child, but choose to deny our emotions intentionally.

 

Abraham answers to this fear, saying this hurt will go away. When understanding the meaning of love, an awakening occurs inside you. When seeing a child, it is an innate disposition to smile, and we want to connect with God on this level. This response comes from the center of being and naturally from our heart.

 

What part of us loves the baby? Do we think about love in our mind? When your heart was drawn to the baby’s qualities, did you feel any limits to these attributes? The moment I see the baby, my feelings do not have any limitations. We just feel love; it does not have a beginning or an end. If that love had an end, it would be a tragedy. The purity and innocence in this child attracts us. We are attracted to the compassion and love that the baby makes us feel.

 

Similarly, the language of the heart does not accept limitations. Our hearts are always attached to these attributes. In Islamic spirituality it is said: “the heart is the mirror of the One.”

 

Our hearts are in fact only attached to these limitless attributes. This is what our hearts are after. When dreaming, there is always a feeling of a limitless attribute. These feelings you are attracted to quench the thirst of your heart. The language of the heart is always looking for limitless peace. Material things do not provide satisfaction. For example, when eating, you are not attracted specifically to food, but the nourishing ability that food possesses.

“To God belongs the All-beautiful attributes” (Quran 7:180)

 

Our hearts love the One. The problem is we are unaware of his love. When Abraham says he steers away from what is temporary, he stresses looking into your heart.

 

If reflecting throughout imagined reality, the truth is clouded. We build up projections that invoke feelings of sadness, isolation, and depression. We put barriers, curtains that veil us from the divine. These barriers cloak the message. Our hearts do not witness these attributes.

 

When choosing to live from out hearts, the infinite brings us more joy. Through revelation, God is calling us to heaven. He wants us to recognize these attributes.

 

If we do these projections, we suffer. We are unsatisfied, because our hearts are only attracted to limitless attributes. My wrong beliefs force this imagination. The cries of my soul are the sacred message from my heart, telling me to see the boundless reality. Prophet Abraham says go back to you fitrah, your heart, and all of these false gods will be shattered. With Abraham, the intimate friend of god, nothing is left in his heart than love for the divine.

 

False gods can take the form of false expectations from the child. I can build my reality according to that belief, preventing myself from surrendering to love. There is tension between your expectations and the expectations of your heart, imagination versus reality.

 

These attachments can be influenced through fears, influence, and anxieties. To rectify the source of my hell, prayer and recognition act as inner surgery. In return, The One shatters these false gods and transforms me in the process.

 

These idols are built by limiting the message of the heart and skewing its meaning. This is the source of my hell. They are only constraining the limitless attributes. To correct this, we must pray to the light of the universe to penetrate through it.

 

Once I surrender to the truth, I live a life from my heart. The language of the heart is a matter of allowing God into your life.

 

From the heart, we live not with pretence, but with authenticity. We possess one identity as a servant of God, a message bearer of the Compassionate. With this reality, we live in the presence of the Loving One. We reflect on the divine attributes. We love every creature in the name of its creator.

 

This is the real feast. We celebrate life as a grace from God, mirroring the attributes of the loving one. We praise The One who is making himself known and loved by our hearts every moment. For this, we want to feast in infinite gratitude.

 

Like Abraham breaking the idols, we need to break the idols around our hearts. Through opening ourselves to the limitless light, we are surrendering. Hajj and the feast of sacrifice symbolize this act.

 

Abraham saw in his dream that he was to sacrifice his “son.” He viewed his “son” as an independent entity. The moment he sacrificed his false attachments to his “son,” he received his “son” in the name of the loving one. God taught Abraham that the solution was not to kill his “son,” but to love him from his heart in the name of his creator.

 

We recognize the world is not an obstacle to our relationship with God. On the contrary, everything in the world is a form of speech. In the language of the heart, God’s divine attributes are explained, and he is making himself know to us.

 

Now during the time of the feast, everything becomes meaningful through my heart’s language. Everything becomes full with the Presence of the Loving One. It is time to glorify, praise and thank the Loving One with limitless gratitude.

 

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