Eid Al Adha: Sacrifice is Beautiful
Eid Al Adha is known in Islam as the Feast of Sacrifice. The festival commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. In essence, it seems to me to praise the willingness of those who submit to the will of God, their dedication and their understanding that with sacrifice, comes great blessings as well. That’s why I, Yousef of Karaz, am going to talk a bit about the sacrifices we make in marriage, for the greater good of a better life.
A lot of people cringe when they hear the word sacrifice. But sacrifice doesn’t have to always come with negative connotations. Sacrifice, in other words, is just another way to say compromise…because really, in order to be able to negotiate two different personalities in a complicated union that is marriage, there has to be compromise, and sacrifice from both ends.
Islam is a religion of love. Sacrifice is a necessary thing we all do every day. Whether that means sacrificing sweets to lose weight, or desires to stay chaste, or an extra episode of your favorite show to get more sleep—we all are motivated in some way to sacrifice something for something greater, and more rewarding.
In marriage, couples sacrifice their selfish desires at times, the need to be right, going out with friends, waking up for the baby and so on. Every day, we need to prioritize what’s more important, and we make those choices, sacrificing our wants and needs for something that is for the greater good.
So let’s take a moment to give thanks for the blessings we receive in our lives everyday, from the small ones we take for granted, to the big ones that take our breath away. To remember that everything has a silver lining, even sacrifice. And to remember that God is Great, and that He always has a plan for you… so stay positive, be smart, and live life with love.