May Allah bless us on this auspicious night. It is a night of prayer, so remember us in your du’as. Have a great day tomorrow Insha’allah and when you see the sacrificial animal waiting to be slaughtered, remember what Ibraheem (Alayhis Salaam) had to undergo! We already feel pain just by looking at the eyes of the animal who knows its going to be slaughtered for Allah, imagine if that was a child… Imagine if it were yours! Unbearable, but that was the test of Ibraheem (Alayhis Salaam) earning him the title of “Khaleelullah”. The english language has no proper translation of the word Khaleel. It is not merely “a friend”. Our lesson on this day and every other day is Love for Allah above all else, Tawakkul in Allah at a time when you really have nowhere to turn, there is always Allah. So believe in His help and submit to His Will. These are the lessons our forefather Ibraheem Khaleelullah (Alayhis Salaam) left us with.
And as the Hajj draws to an end let us not forget what a great woman Haajar (Alayhas Salaam), the wife of Khaleelullah was. Alone in the valley, without water, she submitted to the will of Allah, undergoing severe hardship for the pleasure of Allah while her husband left to preach the oneness of Allah elsewhere… Millennia later, Allah raised the most beloved of all Messengers from her (the progeny of her son, Isma’eel Alayhis salaam). What an eternal and enviable honour to be the predecessor of Muhammad Mustafa (Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)! This because of her sacrifice for the spread of Deen.
May Allah bless us with her Imaan, spirit and courage.