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This Eid al Adha, we take inspiration from Lady Hajar
The Hajj season is linked to Ibrahim (AS) and his story of submission. He demonstrated his devotion to Allah through his decision to sacrifice what he loves for the sake of his Creator. But the story of this sacrifice began long before, with his wife Lady Hajar.
The first test Hajar faced was when Ibrahim (AS) was commanded to leave her and her child in a land far away from their home. Ibrahim took Hajar and her child Isma’il to Mecca – the sacred site on which the Kaba would be built. But at the time, all Hajar could see was a scorching wasteland with no water and little shelter. ‘Then certainly Allah is sufficient for us. He will not abandon us,’ Hajar said when she realised this was Allah’s decree. With her baby’s life hanging in the balance, she put her trust in Allah and demonstrated a level of faith unimaginable for most mothers.
After Ibrahim (AS) left, Hajar searched desperately for water, running between mounts Safa and Marwa. This action has been immortalised as one of the rituals of Hajj and Umrah, called Sa’i -meaning to strive or pursue. Allah answered Hajar’s prayers and caused a spring to gush from the ground. This was the miracle of the spring of Zamzam, which still flows to quench the thirst of pilgrims to Mecca every year.
The power of a struggling mother’s prayer
The struggle and devotion of Hajar was so great, that Allah still blesses people with the miracle revealed in response to her prayers. And her memory still lives on in the worship of Muslims when they visit Mecca. Hajar’s story is an extreme example of the struggles many lone mothers and their children face today.
In Iraq, there are over 900,000 widowed mothers who face life’s struggles and the responsibility to provide for their orphaned children alone. Their resilience through life’s difficulties reflects some of the strength exhibited by Lady Hajar. This Eid al-Adha, as we remember the test and struggle of Lady Hajar, will you join us in supporting these widowed mothers?
How you can help
Eid is a time of celebration with family but for those who have lost loved and dear ones, it is a difficult reminder of their loss. This is especially so when their loss has led to stark changes in the way Eid looks like, as is the case for many families who lost their main provider. With your support, we can help make Eid look a little less different for the widowed mothers and their families, and bring back some of the colour this day had.
Many of us will be celebrating Eid with meat on the table, but for some widowed mothers and their children, this can be a luxury. You can help provide the families of widowed mothers with an Eid feast too. Book your Qurbani with Al-Ayn today: We will perform your Qurbani in Iraq, and distribute the meat to the families of widowed mothers who need it.
For more inspiration in these blessed days of Dhul Hijja, read our blog, ‘Qurbani lessons of Hope and Faith’.