Eid al-Adha is one of the greatest celebrations of the Islamic nation through which servants of God succeed in repentance and gain competence to draw near to God.
The above was stated by Leader’s Representative in Khorasan Razavi Province, Ayatollah Alamolhoda, in the sermons on the occasion of Eid al-Adha magnificent prayer with masses of pilgrims and neighbors of the Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine in attendance.
The devoted people of Mashhad, on this day, which is the reminiscent of the Abrahamic sacrificial altar, exhibited the most beautiful forms of worship and servitude by presence in the holy shrine and performing Eid al-Adha prayer.
In his speech, Ayatollah Alamolhoda identified the “day of witnessing” mentioned in the Holy Quran with the Day of Arafah, reasoning that Arafah is the day of God’s judgment with the servants and this judgment has only one result which is the forgiveness for all servants.
“The Holy Quran has shown us a model for proximity to God, and that is the story of Abraham (AS), who by the will of God took his son Ismail (AS) to the sacrificial altar and succeeded in this Divine trial like other ones,” he said.
He stated that sacrificing a child is the greatest Divine trial and Prophet Abraham (AS) was tried at different times of his life; however, this was the biggest and most difficult of all, because man is willing to sacrifice his property and life but not his child.
“Prophet Ismail surrendered to God’s will during this process, and when they both surrendered and were ready to carry out God’s command, He addressed Abraham (AS) directly and this is how the Divine Prophet came to the position and drew near to God the Almighty,” he recounted.
In the second sermon of the prayer, he shifted the spotlight over the economic conditions of the society saying, “God says in verse 36 of Surah Hajj when describing the method of sacrificing a camel: ‘feed the needy and the indigent.’”
In interpretation of the words, he said that “needy” is someone who lives with contentment and hardship, and “indigent” is someone who needs the help of people to earn a living and God in this verse actually shows us an economic strategy which prevents the poor from despairing.
“Today that the enemy has targeted our economy, if we resort to this economic strategy, we can resist the enemy’s economic onslaught and destroy its plots,” he noted.
According to Alamolhoda, the Leader’s economic strategy is based on running the economic cycle through domestic capabilities, “and this leads to the financial support for both the needy and the indigent.”
“The enemy daydreams to get us on our knees by means of economic hardships, focusing on the needy and the indigent walks of life to cripple them; however, the Leader believes that the prosperity in the domestic economy will provide the economic security for the needy,” he concluded.