Sacrifice of Companions and the family of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)

 The sacrifices of the Companions and the Ahle Bait

It was sacrifice when the Companions left their money and wealth and relinquished their relationship with their relatives and emigrated to Madina.  They spent their days and nights in the range of arrows and shade of swords in various battles like Badr, Hunain, etc.  It was this sacrifice that the four Successors of Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) offered their lives to Allah Most High during their periods of caliphate.
It was sacrifice when the beloved and noble grandsons of Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain (May Allah be well pleased with them) along with their family members offered their lives to Allah Most High on the battlefield of Karbala.  Hence, each epoch and each age of Islamic history is replete with sacrifice, from its very beginning till today.
The message of sacrifice is present in the Islamic principles, worship and daily affairs, etc.  In Salaat, fasting, Zakaat and Haj, a bondsman ignores his/her own ideas and adopts the instructions of Allah Most High.  Similarly, in marriage and divorce, trade and commerce, he/she overlooks desires and follows the rules given by Allah Most High.
Now we know that obedience, reverence, Islamic faith and sacrifice are all interrelated to each other.  In spite of the spirit of sacrifice being found in all rules of Islam, Allah Most High has especially commanded us to sacrifice an animal once in a year, so that the spirit of sacrifice embedded in the other rules and the purpose of the Islamic Law should be manifested visibly as well and to revive the spirit of sacrifice if it is waning in any Muslim and to traverse other milestones of perfection for whom this spirit is intact.

Author: Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia.

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