The inner meaning of Idd-ul-Adha and the sacrifice of Hazrat Ismail (AS)

By Painters of Sultan Murad III [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Painters of Sultan Murad III [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
It is mentioned in verse (37:107): “And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice.” That is, Hazrat Isma’il was sacrificed spiritually instead of his external and physical sacrifice, which in many senses was greater than his physical sacrifice. He was sacrificed in the dream, his soul continued to be seized for several days in a wakeful state, he attained the rank of martyrdom in spiritual jihad and he was repeatedly sacrificed at the place of intellect as well.”

Hazrat Ismail was the Permanent Imam and the asas. His intention and worship in the above-mentioned sacrifices were for God and their spiritual benefits were for the people. This is because the Imam, on behalf of God, is always present in this world so that he may accomplish for the people of the world, those useful deeds which they themselves are not able to do. An example of this is the spiritual sacrifice, which is not possible for everyone to accomplish.” (A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil No. 356, 357, p. 193-194)

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