The Secret of Eid al-Adha Sacrifice in The Revealed Sermon by Ahmad of Qadian (as)

في عيد الأضحى عام 1900 ألقى سيدنا الإمام المهدي والمسيح الموعود عليه السلام خطبة باللغة العربية في قاديان، وقد كان حضرته يتلقى هذه الخطبة من الله تعالى مباشرة، وهي معروفة بالخطبة الإلهامية، وفي ما يلي جزء من هذه الخطبة

On the ʿĪd al-Adhā of 1900 [CE], Sayyidina Imām al-Mahdī (as) delivered a sermon to the people of Qādiān in the Arabic language. Sayyidina Ahmad (as) learnt the words for this from Allah and therefore it is known by the name of “al-Khutbah al-Ilhāmiyyah” (The Revealed Sermon). This is an excerpt from that sermon:

“يا عباد الله.. فكِّروا في يومكم هذا يومِ الأضحى، فإنه أُودع أسرارا لأولي النهى. وتعلمون أن في هذا اليوم يضحَّى بكثير من العجماوات، وتُنحَر آبال من الجِمال وخناطيلُ من البقرات، وتُذبح أقاطيع من الغنم ابتغاء مرضاة رب الكائنات

O servants of Allah, on this your ʿĪd al-Adhā day, think deeply and contemplate, for in the ceremony of the Sacrifice there is a hidden secret for people of understanding. As you all know, many animals are sacrificed on this day – large numbers of camels, bullocks and many flocks of sheep are slaughtered – and all this in order to seek the pleasure of the Lord of the Universe.

وَكَذَلِكَ يُفْعَلُ مِنْ ابْتِدَاءِ زَمَانِ الإِسْلامِ، إلى هذه الأَيَّامِ. وَظَنِّي أَنَّ الأَضَاحِي فيِ شَرِيعَتِنَا الْغَرَّاءِ، قَدْ خَرَجَتْ مِنْ حَدِّ الإِحْصِاءِ، وَفَاقَتْ ضَحَايَا الَّذِينَ خَلَوْا مِنْ قَبْلُ مِنْ أُمَمِ الأَنْبِيَاءِ

And this has been the practice since the beginning of Islam until the present day. In my opinion, these sacrifices offered by us in accordance with the Shar’īah [Law] of Islam are beyond count, and they outnumber by far those sacrifices that used to be performed by the communities of the Prophets of yore.

وَالْمُسْلِمُ مَنْ أَسْلَمَ وَجْهَهُ للهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ، وَلَهُ نَحَرَ نَاقَةَ نَفْسِهِ وَتَلَّهَا لِلْجَبِينِ، وَمَا نَسِيَ الْحَيْنَ فيِ حِينٍ

And a Muslim is he who places his neck for the Lord of all the Worlds, and sacrifices the camel of his soul and places his forehead on the ground to be given up as an offering to Allah, and is never forgetful of death even for a moment.

أَنَّ النُّسُكَ وَالضَّحَايَا في الإِسْلاَمِ، هِيَ تَذْكِرَةٌ لِهَذَا الْمَرَامِ، وَحَثٌّ عَلَى تَحْصِيلِ هَذَا الْمَقَامِ، وَإِرْهَاصٌ لِحَقِيقَةٍ تَحْصُلُ بَعْدَ السُّلُوكِ التَّامِّ

In short, the slaughtering of sacrificial animals, which is an institution in Islam, through its sacrifice reminds the soul to be submissive, and it serves as an incentive for us to achieve this lofty goal. If done as a sacrifice of one’s lower self, it is also a precursor or beginning of the state which is ultimately attained after the completion of the mystic path (sulūk). It heralds that state.

فَوَجَبَ عَلَى كُلِّ مُؤْمِنٍ وَّمُوْمِنَةٍ كان يَبْتَغِي رِضَاءَ اللهِ الْوَدُودِ، أَنْ يَّفْهَمَ هَذِهِ الْحَقِيقَةَ وَيَجْعَلَهَا عَيْنَ الْمَقْصُودِ، وَيُدْخِلَهَا في نَفْسِهِ حَتَّى تَسْرِيَ في كُلِّ ذَرَّةِ الْوُجُودِ

It is incumbent (wājib) on all believing males and females who are in search of the pleasure of God, the Most Loving, to understand this truth, and to make it their cherished goal, and to impress it so deeply in their hearts that every atom of their being (wujūd) may be permeated with it.

هَذَا هُوَ مُنْتَهَى سُلُوكِ السَّالِكِينَ، وَغَايَةُ مَقْصَدِ الْعَارِفِينَ، وَعَلَيْهِ يَخْتَتِمُ جَمِيعُ مَدَارِجِ الأَتْقِيَاءِ، وَبِهِ يَكْمُلُ سَائِرُ مَرَاحِلِ الصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالأَصْفِيَاءِ، وَإِلَيْهِ يَنْتَهِي سَيْرُ الأَوْلِيَاءِ

This is the station where the journey of the mystics (sālikīn) comes to an end and the goal of the gnostics (ʿārifīn) reaches its ultimate zenith, and it is here that all ranks of purified souls find completion, and all the stages of the righteous and elect are fulfilled and the journey of the saints (awliyā’) is completed.”

– Sayyidina Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian

One thought on “The Secret of Eid al-Adha Sacrifice in The Revealed Sermon by Ahmad of Qadian (as)

  1. Bashir Shah says:

    @ Tayyab Are you serious cuzzzz??

    1. Why wont you admit that this was NOT the EID sermon, since MGA never gave those, or any Friday Khutbahs…or any speeches for that matter…

    2. If you are such a scholar, why not write the first english translation?

    Moreover, are you ready to discuss this entire episode or what? Im ready..

    Bashir Shah

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