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Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated in honour of the great act of obedience to Allah (swt) by Prophet Ibrahim who showed his willingness to sacrifice his beloved son Prophet Ismail for the sake of Allah (swt)'s pleasure.

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Dr. Ali Shari'ati in his book, 'Philosophy of Hajj' writes: "This is a story of man's perfection and his freedom from selfishness and animalistic desires. It is man's ascension to a higher spirit and loves, to a strong will that frees him from any thing that may hinder his responsibility as a conscious man." 

In other words, Allah (SWT) is telling us: On this day of Eid Al-Adha, you should select what you wish to sacrifice for the sake of Allah (swt), to attain nearness to Allah (swt). This could be anything that is causing an obstruction for you to reach your Lord and fulfil your duties towards Him. This could be:

Your wealth,  Your ego,  Your power,  Your lust,  Your greed,  Your envy,  Your pride.

It could be anything that was dear to you, from which you never lifted your hands off.  As you are sacrificing an animal on this day, bear in mind that you are in fact, sacrificing that dearest thing in your life and telling Allah (SWT):  "O My Lord! Henceforth, this thing, which has been dearest to me, will Insha'Allah not hinder me from reaching You and acquiring Your pleasure."

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