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Spiritual Life: Farouk Ismail, Federation of Redbridge Muslim Organisations

PUBLISHED: 16:56 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 16 August 2017

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The legacy of Prophet Abraham

Known as the father of the three Abrahamic faiths, Abraham holds an esteemed position amongst the Prophets and Messengers of Islam for his original teachings of monotheism also known as al-Hanif.

Dhul-Hijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar, which includes three great rituals of remembrance.

• The Hajj from 8th to 12th of the month

• Qurban (sacrifice)

• Eid ul Adha – Festival of the Sacrifice.

Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, making it one of the most important traditions in the Muslim faith and it is the largest annual religious gathering of people in the world, to give thanks to Allah before the Kaaba at Islam’s most sacred mosque.

The ritual is believed to have its origins in the time of Ibrahim, the Muslim name for the prophet and messenger known by Christians and Jews as Abraham.

The festival Eid-Ul-Adha will be celebrated September 2. The life of Ibrahim is thoroughly studied.

One can appreciate the extent of devotion and love that Ibrahim had for his God when he gave up his home and family and wandered in the desert seeking to establish God’s way, including being prepared to sacrifice his own son.

There are invaluable lessons to draw from the life of Ibrahim in that the small sacrifices we need to experience to live a righteous, peaceful, honest and just life, pales into insignificance to what he had to endure to obey God’s commands.

Let us pray for peace and happiness for all mankind.

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