Virtue of the Days of At-Tashreeq - III

Virtue of the Days of At-Tashreeq - III
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… Continued

The person who slaughters such submissive animals that remember Allah The Almighty and consumes their meat to gain strength to disobey Allah The Almighty, and forgets to remember Him, has reversed the right norms and denied the favors of Allah The Almighty. This makes these animals better than him and more submissive to their Lord. [Lataa’if Al-Ma‘aarif]

As for subjecting such animals, Allah Says (what means): {And the camels and cattle We have appointed for you as among the Symbols of Allah; for you therein is good. So mention the Name of Allah upon them when lined up [for sacrifice]; and when they are [lifeless] on their sides, then eat from them and feed the needy and the beggar. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may be grateful.} [Quran 22:36]

Ibn Katheer  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said:

The Statement of Allah The Almighty (what means): {Thus have We subjected them to you that you may be grateful} means, for this reason We have subjugated them to you i.e., We Have Made them submissive to you, so that if you wish you can ride them, or if you wish you can milk them, or if you wish you can slaughter them. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Do they not see that We have created for them from what Our hands have made, grazing livestock, and [then] they are their owners? And We have tamed them for them, so some of them they ride, and some of them they eat. And for them therein are [other] benefits and drinks, so will they not be grateful?} [Quran 36:71-73]

Allah The Almighty has created them for His servants and He has no need of them or for His servants for He is The Most Sufficient and He is in no need of the worlds. However, Allah The Almighty created them to subject them to His servants to draw themselves nearer to Him by slaughtering them on these blessed days as Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good.} [Quran 22:37]

Ibn Katheer  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said:

Allah The Almighty prescribed slaughtering sacrifice for you so that you will remember Him at the time of slaughtering, for He is the Creator and Provider. Nothing of its flesh or blood reaches Him, for He has no need of anything other than Himself. During the pre-Islamic era, when they offered sacrifices to their gods, they would put some of the meat of their sacrifices on their idols, and sprinkle the blood over them, so Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood.} [Tafseer ibn Katheer]

Days of At-Tashreeq and the Bliss of Paradise:

The prohibition of fasting on the Days of At-Tashreeq after the righteous deeds in the ten days of Thul-Hijjah for the one who did not perform Hajj and after the deeds of Hajj, and enjoying what Allah The Almighty has permitted, resembles the condition of the believers in the worldly life. Life is a journey, just like the days of Hajj. It is like the time of assuming Ihraam in which the believer refrains from what Allah The Almighty forbade him; following his desires. Thus, whoever shows forbearance during his journey and curbs his desires and then his journey ends and he reaches his desired aim, has completed his prescribed duties and performed his vows, and all of his days will be like the days of Mina i.e. days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah The Almighty. He will enjoy the hospitality of and nearness to Allah The Almighty forever. Therefore, it will be said to the people of Paradise (what means): {[They will be told], "Eat and drink in satisfaction for what you used to do.} [Quran 52:19] and, {[They will be told], "Eat and drink in satisfaction for what you put forth in the days past.} [Quran 69:24]

So, whoever fasts from his desires in this world, will break his fast with them in the Hereafter. Whoever transgresses the limits of the prohibited desires in this world, will be denied his share of Paradise. The proof of this is in the words of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) who said that whoever drinks alcohol in the world, will not drink it in the Hereafter; and whoever wears silk in this world will not wear it in the Hereafter. [Lataa’if Al-Ma‘aarif]

In conclusion, the Muslims must fear Allah The Almighty and adorn and enrich their times with the remembrance of Allah The Almighty, thanking Him and fulfilling all that He enjoined. Just as these blessed days will pass by the good doer and the evil one in spite of the great difference between their deeds, this world will also pass by everyone; neither advancing the good doer before his appointed time nor delaying the evil doer to repent. Rather, when their term is reached, neither can they delay it nor can they advance it an hour. However, the obedient person always forgets the hardship of fulfilling acts of worship, patience concerning them and patience to keep away from desires when he tastes the sweetness of the reward. In the same way, the disobedient person forgets the sweetness of desires and tastes the bitterness of the evil deeds that were written against him when he neglected his obligations and committed sins.

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