La Ilaha illAllaa
Allahu Akbar walillahil hamd
How was your Eid? I spent mine in Shah Alam. We did not went back to our hometown. Duty calls for my husband. Eid Adha is about sacrifices. Sacrifices can be in many faces. And this year we sacrificed our desire to go back home to fulfill the neighbourhood responsibility. The place we live, stay and work. Even RasulAllah SAW wanted us to be nice to our neighbours, how can we be nice if we do not know them? How can we know them if we do not join any programmes that will inculcate the love between neighbours? Therefore, here we are. In Shah Alam for the eid. Many showed surprise faces to see us around, but, we have been around for Eidul Adha for many years already.
|Mr Hubby in action with our sacrifice|
As usual the Surau will organized the sacrifice event. It is an event that really showed how difficult task can be done in a bliss with a team work. This year the Surau conducted the the sacrifice of 20 cows and 17 goats. Sound a lot isn't it? It is to me. I was skeptical about it earlier. But team work proves otherwise. The goats were slaughtered on the 10th of Zulhijjah after the Friday solat.
They handle the task professionally. The area was blocked using the plastic foldable tables (sounds funny - but that will do). The goats laid calmly. The eyes were closed using the long ears that they have. And with the lafaz, Bismillahu Allahu Akbar, all 17 were slaughtered one after another without any problem. The meat were fairly distributed according to syariah, and some were grilled to be enjoyed by the patrons to the surau.
11th Zuhijjah. The anxiety continues. Kids were up and running on the playground as early as 7am. The first cow were scheduled to be slaughtered at 6.45am that morning.
By the time I reached the playground at 7.30am, the 9th cow was ready to be slaughtered. They have got to work fast as there are 20 cows in the line. I stopped to witness the slaughtering process (the fist time seeing it in a very near vicinity). Watching it, reminds me of how devotedly Prophet Ismail AS allowing himself to be slaughtered by his father in order to obey the instruction from the Rabb, Allah SWT. And Allah has tested their IMAN. How willing they are to sacrifice, even sacrificing one own life. How willing we are to sacrifice for Allah? Sacrificing the animal is only the manifestation of the act. Many more sacrifices that we must be able to do for Allah.
Earlier I thought, with 20 cows, it will definitely drag us to late hours. But, team work makes everything possible. By 11.30am, the lunch is ready to be enjoyed by everybody there. The meat were distributed fairly. Everybody had a happy time. New friends were made, stale friendship were rekindled. Thank you Allah for this rahmah. For giving us a beautiful place to live and stay. And continue doing ibadah only for ALLAH SWT.