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More sacrifice than feast

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, November 26 2009   /  09:40 am

Are we making enough sacrifices in life? This is the question to keep in mind as Muslims in Indonesia celebrate Idul Adha, or the Day of Sacrifice, on Friday. Those fortunate enough to travel to Mecca will experience firsthand the spiritual journey in Islam’s holy land. Muslims in Indonesia should still have the spiritual experience by observing the rituals, from the mass prayers in the morning to the slaughtering of the livestock, distributing the meat to the poor, and the feasting and celebrating with their loved ones and neighbors. Idul Adha carries many messages, one of the most important being that in life, we have to constantly make sacrifices in God’s way for the greater good of mankind. The lesson from the story of Ibrahim and his son Ismail is that we must be ready to part with our most precious possession, say an offspring, if so ordained. It is highly unlikely anyone will ...