Let us reflect upon the story of a family who was willing to sacrifice everything that was valuable to them for the sake of obeying the commands of Allah s.w.t.
( let us imagine ) The situation of a mother who was to be left alone with a suckling child in the middle of an arid desert. The woman then asked her husband: “Did Allah commands you to do this?”, (that means to leave her all alone with her child).
When her husband replied her question in the affirmative, she then responded with calmness and confidence: “Verily, Allah will never neglect us”. (Hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari). The woman is none other than sayyidatina Hajar a.s.
The secret behind this particular event was explained in Surah Ibrahim verse 37:
(رَبَّنَا إِنِّي أَسْكَنْتُ مِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِي بِوَادٍ غَيْرِ ذِي زَرْعٍ عِنْدَ بَيْتِكَ الْمُحَرَّمِ رَبَّنَا لِيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ فَاجْعَلْ أَفْئِدَةً مِنَ النَّاسِ تَهْوِي إِلَيْهِمْ وَارْزُقْهُمْ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَشْكُرُونَ).
“O our lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by the Sacred House; in order, O our lord, that they may establish regular prayer: so fill the hearts of some among humans with love towards them, and feed them with fruits: so that they may give thanks”. [Surah Ibrahim: 37].
Hajar a.s.’s son eventually grew up to be a man of excellent moral character and someone who was of utmost taqwa to Allah s.w.t. He was then tested by Allah s.w.t.
This event was recorded by Allah s.w.t. in Surah As- Shaffat verse 102:
(فَلَمَّا بَلَغَ مَعَهُ السَّعْيَ قَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ إِنِّي أَرَى فِي الْمَنَامِ أَنِّي أَذْبَحُكَ فَانْظُرْ مَاذَا تَرَى قَالَ يَا أَبَتِ افْعَلْ مَا تُؤْمَرُ سَتَجِدُنِي إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ مِنَ الصَّابِرِينَ)
“And [one day,] when [the child] had become old enough to share in his [father’s] endeavors, the latter said: “O my dear son! I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you: consider, then, what would be your view!” [The son answered]: “O my father! Do as you are commanded: you will find me, if god so wills, among those who are patient in adversity!”. [ Surah As- Shaffat: 102].
Let us reflect upon the strength and the level of faith and Taqwa which is enshrined within the life of this young man, who was willing to sacrifice his own life for the sake of obeying Allah s.w.t. This young man is none other than Prophet Ismail a.s.
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The father who has been given the test of sacrificing his own beloved son, is none other than Prophet Ibrahim a.s. The stories of scarifies taken from each of these three characters brings with them pearls of knowledge.
Let us reflect upon some of these valuable lessons so that we can contemplate them together
1) The faiths of both Sayyidatina Hajar and Prophet Ismail a.s. on the benefits of obeying all the commandments of Allah s.w.t.
There are many ways in which we can strengthen the faith of our self and that of our families’ in our daily lives such as:
a- Enlivening the culture of obeying the commandments of Allah s.w.t.
b- Explaining the greatness of Allah s.w.t. in creating our natural environment and the other various creatures.
c- Sharing the history and stories of Rasullah s.a.w or the stories of other Prophets with our family members
2) The role of Sayyidatina Hajar a.s. in educating and being a role model in the formation of Prophet Ismail a.s. character and personality.
This should be a story of inspiration to all mothers, particularly to groups of single mothers, or wives who have to be apart from their husbands it can not be hurdle or an excuse for us to raise our children to become someone who is deep in faith, Taqwa and successful in their education.
Let us put aside some of our limited time, with quality activities with our children. Let us attend parenting courses.
Let us also learn from the experiences of successful single mothers
3) The profound confidence shown by Hajar a.s. towards the blessings and the protection accorded by Allah s.w.t.
This confidence inflamed her spirit to continue being patient and continue to strive. This confidence and principle was also cultivated and formed in the characteristics of her child, Prophet Ismail a.s.
Let us emulate the values as being shown by Sayyidatina Hajar and her son Prophet Ismail a.s. in complying and obeying the commands of Allah s.w.t.
When we are faced with challenges which we find difficult to bear let us be confident that the blessings of Allah are always opened for those who persevere.
When we find it difficult to perform our ibadah, let us remember the strive of Prophet Ismail a.s. in carrying out the commandments of Allah s.w.t. to the extent of willingly sacrificing his own life.
Indeed, the story of this noble family has given us many examples for us to follow.
Good moral values will not only help us to build a happy family, but it also becomes a platform for us to build a faithful and a successful community.
Eidul Adha Sermon – The Story of Sayyidatina Hajar [Alaihas Salam] Her Sacrifices in Raising A Family (17 November 2010 / 10 Zulhijjah 1431) on Youtube.