Slaughtering Our Attachments

Many years ago, our father Ibrahim (AS) made a choice. He loved his son. But He loved God more. The commandment came to sacrifice his son. But it wasn’t his son that was slaughtered. It was his attachment. It was his attachment to anything that could compete with his love for God. And the beauty of such a sacrifice is this: Once you let go of your attachment, what you love is given back to you–now in a purer, better form. So let us ask ourselves in these beautiful days of sacrifice, which attachments do we need to slaughter?

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  • Zaid

    As’salamu alaikum wa rehmatullah wa barakatuh sister,

    You’ve got absolutely no idea what your writings, Lectures etc. mean to me and perhaps a lot of other Muslims out there… Masha’Allah sister… Cant wait to read your next post insha’Allah… Eid Mubarak sister. May Allah (swt) shower His choicest blessings upon you, your loved ones and the whole Muslim Ummah on this auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.. Aameen!

    Was’salaam

  • Huda ayyad

    I wanted to write you this in reply to the lecture why am i empty..i felt as if you were speaking my story, and humdallah Allah has surely put you in my way to help me!I am a blogger also this is what I wrote in response to your lecture… my blog is hudaisfreetowrite.blogspot.com, I want you to see the previous blogs so you can know how I felt..

    Today by Allah I came across an answer to my sorrow and my feelings of the past days, and overall years of my life.Yasmin Mogheds letcure titled Why Am I Empty? She just posted it and I feel like Allah sent it espcially for me.. it is as if she is speaking of my own life, and exctally what I have been complaing about in the past couple of days, and exctally what I have been struggling with! She says I had high expectations of people, I would easily be let down, I was getting attached, and trying to get those people to fill my emptiness. If you have read my previous posts you will see that I was trying to bring out the same points, that I have been turned down by my companions, and I tried to fulfill emptiness through them but I still felt empty. Subhanallah while listing to her I thought of the same hole that it has been in my soul for the past days, and actually years…

    She said I had to break this attachment and that this is the means of connecting to Allah breaking our attachments to people so we can attach to Him…wallhe i felt soooo happy when I heard this!! Its an answer I really needed after all these years of feeling sorrow and sadness because I always wonder why dont people connect with me? Am I doing something wrong, but now after hearing this and thinking that Allah is trying to get me closer to Him this is the best feeling a beleiver can have, that Allah loves him. Why would you need the love of people if you have the love of Allah? He will bring you the love of the people if He loves you

    I have been trying to find me a way to find happiness, and everytime I get close with someone i felt as if I was let down in the end…Allah wants me to connect to Him not to the people! Subhanallallhh Allah does bring you ease when you are patient..now I must work to improve my realtionship with Allah, and put in the wasted efforts to people into Allah…

    “Truly in your heart is a void that cannot be removed excoet with the company of Allah. And in it there is a sadness that cannot be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him.And in it there is an emptiness that cannot be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remebring Him. And if a person were given all of the world and what was in it, it would not fill this emptiness”
    - Ibn Al-Qayim

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