LAGOS – Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos, has enjoined Lagosians to give sacrificially as entrenched in the Holy Quran and exemplified in the life of Prophet Ibrahim who, in total obedience to Allah’s instruction, agreed to sacrifice his son Ishmael to please God.
She gave the admonition while delivering her welcome address during the 2019 celebration of Eid-El- Kabir, Islamic festival that places high value on the spirit of sacrificial giving, sharing and communal love.
According to Mrs Sanwo-Olu, who adopted the Islamic name “Kabirat” in the spirit of the season, “The celebration is in remembrance of the command given by Allah to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, Ishmael for Him. The fulfillment of this noble command of Allah to Ibrahim (Abraham) signifies the faith he had in Allah.
“This display of faith yet unmatched in the annals of religion, eventually made Ibrahim (Abraham) dear to Allah (God).
“Today, Muslims all over the world commemorate and remember Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) trials, by slaughtering an animal such as sheep, camel, or goat and giving the meat to others…one-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third to friends, and one-third to be donated to the poor.
“This act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah’s (God’s) commands. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah (God), and we should open our hearts and share with others.
The medical doctor harped on the need to imbibe the willingness to live a life of sacrifice in order to stay on the straight path to please Allah.
“A true Muslim is one who submits himself or herself completely to the Lord, willing to follow Allah’s commands completely and obediently. It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us,” the First Lady admonished.