Sacrifice is one of the things that correlated in Islam. We are heard many times about sacrifice, which is sometimes, pretty hard to do by anyone. Here is the importance of sacrifice in Islam.
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1. All Belongs to Allah SWT
When we taught we own something (or everything), remember that all those thing is just a deposit from Allah, not yours. We are absolutely have nothing. If Allah wants it back, just let it go. That is why the sacrifice is important to you.
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2. Sacrifice = Sincere
When you sacrifice something, or anything that you like or love, it means that you learn to let it go. No matter how hard you hold and insist, it will (and must) be gone away and there is nothing you can do, except let it go. That is why sincerity is needed in sacrifice. Insha Allah, He will be replace it with one better, as we believe Him.
3. Sacrifice = Media to Get Closer to Allah
If you sacrifice, even just a little thing, it brings you closer to Allah swt. In Al-Kawthar verse 2 narrated that :
‘So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone]’
That means, anything we do (both pray or anything) is just for Allah swt. Also, in Surah Al-An’aam verse 162 said that :
‘Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds”‘.
This verse has similar meaning with the first verse; our pray, our rites, and other things that we do is just for Allah swt.
4. Embracing Sunnah
What it means from this point is, we are doing what Prophet Ibrahim as. do when He had been order to slaughter His son, Prophet Ismail as. Allah swt replace Ismail as. with lamb and Ibrahim as. butcher it. This is mentioned in Surah As-Saffat verse 107 :
‘And we ransomed Him with a great sacrifice’.
This verse means that Allah replace Ismail as. with a huge better things, after saw Ibrahim as. do what Allah’s order. Perhaps we are never ordered to do as huge as Ibrahim did, but if we doing something just for Allah swt, He will ransomed with something better and bigger.
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5. Spreading our Bless to the People
When we got some bless from Allah swt, it means that Allah wants us to share what we get to other people who may need our help. Perhaps we want it all, and unwillingly to share. But if we find out more, there is their right as much as 2.5 percent. And we supposedly not feel heavy to share. Otherwise, it will granted by Allah with one bigger than we got, and became a more blessing to us.
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6. Sacrifice = Media to Thankful to Allah SWT
This subtitle means that with sacrifice, we can get a chance for thankful to Allah swt. We never know how and when we got that chance, although sacrifice is just one of many ways to thanks.
7. Sacrifice = Cultivate Empathy
Sometimes, we do not know what happen to our family/friends/people we know; what kind of problem that they had; what solution that we can give. And sometimes, they need something which we had and love it very much, so we are not will to give them. In this case, we are not only learn how to let something go, but also learn how to feel what they feel, and give the best solution that we have. That is called empathy.
8. Sacrifice = Surrender
When you sacrifice something, it means that you give something. Furthermore, you surrender yourself to Allah about his Qada and Qadar. Nobody knows about their destiny, so our job is keep believing Allah swt with obey all of His commandments and stay away from what is prohibited.
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No one can say it is easy, but there is nothing we cannot do. We just believe that Allah will replaced anything what we sacrifice with something equal or more than prior, in unexpected way.
9. Sacrifice = Control
This subtitle refers to ourselves. Most people sacrifice for something because they are neither selfish, nor arrogant. We obviously don’t like and don’t want engage with people who had one or both of that attitude. Allah extremely hated that person who had just a tiny arrogant inside of their heart. Because it will make an amount loss not only people around them, but also themselves.
With sacrifice, we learn how to understand people condition; we learned that there is nothing worth to boasted, even just a little thing we had. This is need an exercise, especially our lust. It is this lust that always makes us selfish and always think about our own interests. As long as we are selfish, then we will be hard to sacrifice. Lust is almost always successful to tempt a weak human faith. Drag them into the immoral space for lack of clues from Allah. This is mention in at least two verse of Al-Qur’an in different Surah : Al-Qasas verse 50 and Al-Jathiyah verse 23.
‘But if they do not respond to you – then know that they only follow their (own) desires. And who is more astray and one who follows his desire without guidance from Allah? Indeed, Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people’
‘Have you seen he who has taken as his god his (own) desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah? Then will you not be reminded?’
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10. Sacrifice = Cultivating the Concern
A good Muslim is always able to place the unity, interests and safety of the nation and state as a common interest. He is able and willing to sacrifice for the benefit of society, religion and country. He will set aside his personal interests for the benefit of the people. For example, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq willingly surrender all his property for the glory of Islam. So it is with Umar bin Khathab, Uthman ibn Affan, Abdurrahman bin ‘Auf, and so on. They are competing to sacrifice what they have for the common good, as if they were fighting over the spoils of ghanimah (wealth taken by force in enemy at war) as in the wars of Uhud.
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11. Sacrifice = Self-Cleaning
Sacrifice the thing that you have does not mean allowing something go. If we see in another perspective, it can be interpreted as throwing something that you never used anymore. For example, if you had a lot of pair of shoes that you never wear again, which is in pretty good condition, you can give to someone who need. We know it will pretty hard when it started, but when we do it, it will be fun. And it will cleaning your wealth from something unlawful, because this is a part of zakat, and zakat is not always in money. This is mention in Surah At-Taubah verse 103 :
‘Take zakat from some of their possessions, with the charity that you clean (i.e cleanse from the stigma and excessive love of possessions) and purify (i.e nourish the good qualities in their hearts and develop their property) and pray for them. Verily, your prayer is a serenity for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing’
12. Sacrifice = Role Model
What it means as role model is, with sacrifice, we can bring a positive influence to other people around us. We portrayed what Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Muhammad did a long century ago. We may never doing what they do, but with following their step, it bring us to the virtue and Allah’s blessing.
13. Sacrifice = Formula of Glory
If you have ever heard the saying “The hand above is better (noble) than the hand beneath”, it is the formula of life that the Prophet gave to his people so that they could grasp the glory. The more often we reach out to lighten others, meaning we are increasingly ‘polishing ourselves’ to become a noble person, which is liked and remembered by the wider community.
Another meaning of the above formula, to achieve our glory must be willing to sacrifice. More concerned with the public interest of personal affairs (except in matters of worship). This kind of character also has made the companions of the Messenger of Allah lives glorious and dignified in his time. They are competing to give, sacrifice for others. Not only the treasures at stake, even the soul they are willing to install for the sake of helping their brothers in need.
14. Sacrifice = Long-Term Project and Process
Correlated with a previous points, sacrifice for common interest is not only about willingness, but also the necessity. Sometimes, it will come in long-term process and long-term project. For example, we are give a part of our yard for road widening. Or we donate some money or material for the construction of mosque. If we saw in other perspective, there are many virtue and reward that we had, and it keeps flowing even though we passed away.
15. Sacrifice = Life-Lesson
That means is, sacrifice is the lesson that we never get in the school. It acquired in life, which is always been tested to us, and sometimes we never know whether we passed it out or not; only Allah knows it. But we always had a chance to learn and practice it as long as we live in the world.
Other Importance ( 16 – 20)
- Sacrifice = Lighten the People Burden
- Sacrifice = Give Opportunity to Others
- Sacrifice = Learn to Feel Enough
- Sacrifice = Prioritizing Worship
- Sacrifice = No Expecting Reward
- Sacrifice = Always Help Each Other
- Sacrifice = Providing Good Guidance
- Sacrifice = Bring Positive Vibe
- Sacrifice = Focus on Common Goal
- Sacrifice = Implementation of Islam
That was the importance of sacrifice in Islam. Actually there are still much more than we elaborate to you, but we sincerely hope you enjoy this article and gain much more benefit from it.