Friday, October 26, 2012

Of Eid-ul-Adha. Of Knowledge.

Today is a glorious day, the day of Eid-ul-Adha. A day to remember the glorious sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim a.s. and his son, Prophet Ismail a.s., a glorious day indeed.

I will not delve deeper on the history of the two great Prophets as I am sure that it is covered during today's sermon after the Eid prayer.

I will, however, write on the great sacrifices of students -- knowledge seekers -- as I am a student.

Seeking knowledge, and benefiting those knowledge is a form of jihad (struggle) in Islam (do correct me if I am wrong). Hence, it is surely important for everyone of us to revise our intentions (niat) in studying or seeking knowledge.

As a student who stays in campus, being unable to go home and celebrate the glorious Eid with my family, it brings me so much sadness and yet so much happiness. At the very least, I could feel a form of sacrifice by myself -- which is not that great -- but still can give an impact in my life, in my studying, and in my love towards Allah the Glorious.

It is because I feel a form of hardship, a form of longing and yet unable to be achieved, a form of struggle, a form of bitterness. That is why those types of hardship will push me to be stronger and wiser. If Allah wills.

Thus, today, I would like to encourage everyone of us knowledge seekers to revise our intentions today, with a great revision of niat. Also, in every single day, every morning, every time before we go to classes.

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