The Quran says: Va Amelu-Ssalehate while and the Gita mentions: Karma-Nye-Vadhikaraste. Sacrifice is the only way to unification with god. Why these two festivals came together, perhaps, the Almighty is sending a message of mutual love and respect.
When Hazarat Ibrahim decided to sacrifice his beloved son for Allah, there was a great design behind it by the Almighty. Ibrahim was infatuated with his son and this infatuation was the only obstacle towards unification with god. When he decided to sacrifice his son and got rid of his ‘moh’, after long conflict with himself (Jehad) he found that the son had been replaced. The story conveys a simple meaning of getting rid of all your desires and affections so that you can carry on your duties towards God. This is the ultimate message.
The same message is conveyed by Gita, when Arjun refused to fight his own relatives due to affection, Lord gave him the ultimate tool of Karma-Nye-Vadhikaraste Ma Faleshu Kadachan. Thus, Arjun got rid of his inhibitions and ‘moh’ and went to war.
Both festivals convey the same message. It is high time that we understand the message and build the bridge of mutual prosperity and co-existence. Peace lies in mutual respect and happiness lies in sacrificing self-interest.
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