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Feast of Sacrifice

FROM THE EDITOR  

QSS joins the Muslims all over the world for another year of celebrating Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice. During this major holiday that lasts for a period of three to four days, Muslims commemorate the story of prophet Ibrahim that proves his obedience to Allah and willingness to follow Allah’s command without question.

 

In honor of this story, the Muslims offer their own sacrifice and distribute equally with family, friends, and the needy. Clad in their best clothes, the Muslims visit major mosques and Islamic centers for prayers, visit family and friends to exchange gifts and rejoice, and foster goodwill for charitable donations.

 

In our daily lives, most of us can manage to give up situations and things instinctively for the benefit of our loved ones. This is manifested in gestures like delaying a planned trip to nurse a sick parent, postponing self-purchases for charitable donations, or a mother quitting her career to look after her children. These are undoubtedly all pure acts of love that on the surface may seem to gratify individual benefits and comforts.

 

But in a deeper sense, the real act of righteousness is a sacrifice that we can offer God every day to demonstrate the depth of our faith, even to the extent of giving up material possessions, power, situations and things that gratify our senses. And the greatest sacrifice to the Almighty is to strive hard every day to obey the holy teachings and walk away from wrong practices until we become worthy of becoming a child of God.

 

To obey without hesitation is easier said than done.  No one is perfect but while we live on earth, we have all the chances to become better.

 

Eid Mubarak to you all! May Allah grace you and your family with His heavenly blessings and reward you abundantly for your Holy sacrifice!

 

Wilma Curato

HR & Corporate Planning Manager

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