(IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST COMPASSIONATE, THE MOST MERCIFUL)
THE COMING OF A PROPHET
IT WAS A BRIGHT MORNING WHEN AT DAWN
A BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY WAS BORN
THIS LONG AWAITED AND ANTICIPATED BEING
THE LIKES OF WHICH NO-ONE HAD EVER SEEN
HIS ENTRY INTO THIS WORLD WAS MET WITH WONDER
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When we emerge from the womb at birth we are attached to our mother by the umbilical cord. The first thing the doctor or midwife does is to sever this cord so that we can make it on our own in the world. However, the umbilical cord has significance besides the purely physical. This metaphorical connection to our birth mother will make its influence felt throughout the life of both child and mother. This bond between mother and child is so powerful that however much outside agents may try to break it, and even succeed to a certain extent, the connection will stay and re-surface, no matter how frayed the cord may become.
There is another umbilical cord which will make it felt, if we allow it to. That is the invisible cord which connects us to our Creator, the true source from which all of us come into this world. No matter how many influences we have in life, that connection stays, and will eventually be felt. As we turn to our
So turn in prayer towards your Lord and sacrifice (animals). (108:2)
• There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgement with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart. (Tirmizi, Ibne Majah)
Qurbani (or Udhiyya as the Shari‘ah refers to it) has become synonymous with ‘Id-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice. It is a time when Muslims the world over commemorate the sacrifice of Nabi Ibrahim (AS).
Similarly, the sunnah of the Prophet (S.A.W) was to perform the sacrifice of ‘Id-ul-Adha personally and in full sight of his companions. In so doing, he not only demonstrated how the animal should be treated and
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