Scholar tasks Muslims on moral lessons from Eid-el-adha
Olapade, who was worried that the adherents of the religion have taken for granted the numerous lessons from festivity, said exceptionally brilliant character is part of propagation of Islam.
Tracing the origin of the Eid el adha festival to Prophet Ibrahim’s commitment to Almighty Allah while seeking for a child, he said the fact that the prophet was able to fulfill his sacrificial promise to his Creator signifies the importance of promises and oats and Muslims should trustworthy and committed to promises.
According to him, many adherent have been deviated by the worldly riches and relent in their fear of Allah, which a guidance to righteous deeds.
“The fear of Allah is the beginning of wisdom and the origin of success for mankind in this world and in the hereafter. So, celebrating eid el adha is more than slaughtering of ram, but we should learn to Fear Allah, keep promises and be a cheerful giver,” he said.
Olapade also urged those in position of authority especially those holding public offices to keep to their promises and stop deceiving electorates to get power.
According to him, the fear of Allah would strengthen the faith of believers and a stunt faith would guide Muslims to paradise.
“It is unfortunate that most people no longer exhibit the fear of Allah in their dealings and that is why He said we should have knowledge about his supremacy in order to be guided in the best way of relating with our Creator. If we nurture the staunch faith like that of Prophet Ibrahim, many would desist from unfulfilled promise and questionable characters” he said.
He said the idea of sharing Salah meat is to extend the happiness to the poor and less privileged in the society, which is traceable to idea of wealth distribution.
The scholar also enjoined the pilgrims to return with good virtues and further extend it to their relatives rather than coming home to celebrate in an unacceptable manner.
Instead of throwing party, singing and dancing to corrupt music, Olapade said the pilgrims should return with efficacy of prayer derived from the holy land and use the opportunity to reflect in the lives of the relatives and friends.
“They should call a gathering and pray for their relatives, let them benefit from the efficacy of prayer from the holy land,” he advised.
He described the modern partying and welcome party as unacceptable, except it is done in a strictly religious manner.