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The role of Eid in creating a society without discrimination

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The importance of Eid ul Azha in the economic and social context is undeniable

The importance of Eid-ul-Azha in the economic and social context is undeniable. Through this the socio-cultural elements are spread. Islam has the provision of equal rights for all. This is the way to facilitate religious values ​​and ideal practices. Approaches to stability and elimination of inequality in society. But how much Eid-ul-Azha is contributing to building a balanced society is questionable.

Eid means joy. Muslims practice various rituals as a process of self-purification. Eid is one of them. This joy is not individualistic but social. And the festival of Eid is also universal. So all Muslims have the right to celebrate Eid. Both Eid and Adha are Arabic words. Eid means festival or joy. Azhar means sacrifice or dedication. And that is why Eid al-Adha is called ‘Eidul Azha’. On the other hand, the literal meaning of the word ‘Qorbani’ is to gain proximity, to get close to someone.

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Beginning with the first father of Muslims, Hazrat Adam (A.S.), it has been going on for ages. Almighty Allah says about this in the Holy Qur’an, ‘I have determined the rules of sacrifice for every nation, so that they recite the name of Allah while slaughtering those animals. And your Lord is one God, obey Him.’ (Surah Hajj: 34). In view of the historical events of the father of the Muslim nation, Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s.) and his son Hazrat Ismail (a.s.), sacrifice has gained the status of worship. Allah asked Ibrahim (a.s.) to sacrifice his own son as a test, so he prepared to sacrifice his beloved child without hesitation or question. But by the order of Allah Dumba was sacrificed. Since then, the practice of animal sacrifice was introduced. Its meaning is to give sincere education to mankind.

‘Happiness is not in enjoyment, but in sacrifice’—this principle is manifested through sacrifice. This sacrifice teaches us to give up personal interests for the greater good. It was never possible to build society and civilization without sacrificing and renouncing personal interests. Symbolic sacrifice teaches harmony and tolerance to crush the black stone of hatred and divisive walls—an effective role in building a society free from exploitation. Eid-ul-Azha returns to us every year, glorious in the glory of sacrifice. Devoting oneself to the welfare of humanity without selfishness is the great lesson of sacrifice. Eid-ul-Azha, manifested in human values, encourages us to devote ourselves to establishing peace and harmony in the society by avoiding violence, hatred, greed and anger.

Eid-ul-Azha gives special inspiration by inculcating human values ​​by rooting the teaching of self-sacrifice in the hearts of the people of the society. Every year, Eid strengthens the social and cultural ties of Muslims by standing at the estuary of mutual love and recent connections, and reinforces the power of social humanity. Qurbani gives Muslims clarity about the purpose and intention of all actions.

Eid-ul-Azha is also observed to have a special relationship with socio-economic development. The low-middle class people and farm traders of the country invest special capital around the Eid al-Adha. Just one week before Eid, several crores of rupees are transacted in the country in the sector of buying and selling of animals and sacrificial equipment and animal transport etc. Large sums of money are transferred to the poor through the charity of wealthy Muslims. As a result, the speed of the country’s economy is transmitted.

Eid-ul-Azha is important as an element of building an inclusive society. People from different classes and professions of the society share each other’s happiness and sorrows on the day of Eid. A strong bond of brotherhood is formed between them. This day is celebrated by both the rich and the poor. They greet each other and exchange greetings. Go to a neighbor’s house. Check them out. They also inquire about their nearest and dearest.

They entertain each other with good food. Building brotherhood and national unity is the main lesson of Eid. Eid-ul-Azha inspires us in the ideals of sacrifice and sacrifice and also inspires us to create a piety-based society by eliminating economic exploitation and discrimination. If we can establish justice and fairness in society by following Islamic ideals in real life, then it will be possible to attain the pleasure of Allah.

Eid-ul-Azha often takes the form of mundaneness among us. Some people in the society use the name of sacrifice to show people. One indulges in frenzy over how much money he will sacrifice to earn his name. This disrupts the auspicious atmosphere of the sacrifice. Many people keep all the meat in the fridge instead of giving it to their relatives, poor and helpless. In that, the rights of the poor are far away. In the name of sacrifice, the image of a discriminatory society emerges. Some people leave the country to enjoy the Eid without realizing the rights of poor people and migrate to luxurious countries.

The disparity between the rich and the poor questions the sense of unity and brotherhood of the Eid festival. Officials and employees of public and private institutions get festival allowances for celebrating Eid festival, but many low-income people including day laborers and rickshaw pullers are deprived of these allowances. Moreover, while people of other professions can enjoy Eid holiday for a few days, farmers-day laborers have to work even on the festival day. Meanwhile, non-receipt of salary and bonus before Eid has dimmed the Eid festival of many private sector workers and their families. Besides, non-MPO teachers and unemployed people enjoy Eid festival incompletely. On the other hand, the families of political revenge prisoners and oppressed activists spend Eid in peace.

Apart from this, Eid brings pain instead of joy in the family of murder-murder-disappearance. In the absence of loved ones, the joy of Eid increases their level of suffering. Moreover, after Eid, the families of those killed and injured in accidents and violence instead of the joy of Eid, a shadow of sadness descends. And the victims of Eid-centered theft-robbery, robbery-robbery, fraud-forgery spend Eid in extreme sadness. Every year it is seen that factories are closed before Eid. Workers went on strike for wages. The shadow of sadness descends on the lives of people suffering from extreme poverty.

Political leaders congratulated the people of the country. They send messages for the welfare of the country and the decade. But its difference can be seen in the speech and behavior of our political leaders. Even on the day of this holy festival, they behave in a politically hostile manner. Instead of national unity, disunity sounds in their voice! Political unrest in recent years has further demoralized the nation. Due to this political crisis, the national unity of the Holy Eid has been severely disrupted. On the one hand, due to rising prices of goods, corruption at all levels, bad condition of roads, deterioration of law and order, socio-economic inequality, the joy of Eid has already been limited for the common people. On the other hand, the program of political disunity by national leaders has further dampened the joy of Eid.

It is essential to follow the rules of Eid-ul-Azha in building a balanced and non-discriminatory society. This practice is necessary in all spheres of personal life and state life. To establish principles and values ​​in the society, the piety of sacrifice must be achieved. There is no alternative to self-dedication to human welfare by purifying life by attaining the pleasure of Almighty Allah. It is the moral duty of every human being to imbibe the message that God exists within man. A strong stance against injustice and tyranny and a positive attitude towards principles can inculcate the values ​​of religion. This sense plays a role in building a non-communal and tolerant nation.

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