هَلْ يَنظُرُونَ إِلَّا أَن تَأْتِيَهُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ أَوْ يَأْتِيَ رَبُّكَ أَوْ يَأْتِيَ بَعْضُ آيَاتِ رَبِّكَ ۗ يَوْمَ يَأْتِي بَعْضُ آيَاتِ رَبِّكَ لَا يَنفَعُ نَفْسًا إِيمَانُهَا لَمْ تَكُنْ آمَنَتْ مِن قَبْلُ أَوْ كَسَبَتْ فِي إِيمَانِهَا خَيْرًا ۗ قُلِ انتَظِرُوا إِنَّا مُنتَظِرُونَ (158) إِنَّ الَّذِينَ فَرَّقُوا دِينَهُمْ وَكَانُوا شِيَعًا لَّسْتَ مِنْهُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ ۚ إِنَّمَا أَمْرُهُمْ إِلَى اللَّهِ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَفْعَلُونَ (159) مَن جَاءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا ۖ وَمَن جَاءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَلَا يُجْزَىٰ إِلَّا مِثْلَهَا وَهُمْ لَا يُظْلَمُونَ (160) قُلْ إِنَّنِي هَدَانِي رَبِّي إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ دِينًا قِيَمًا مِّلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا ۚ وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ (161) قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ (162) لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ۖ وَبِذَٰلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَا أَوَّلُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ (163) قُلْ أَغَيْرَ اللَّهِ أَبْغِي رَبًّا وَهُوَ رَبُّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ ۚ وَلَا تَكْسِبُ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ إِلَّا عَلَيْهَا ۚ وَلَا تَزِرُ وَازِرَةٌ وِزْرَ أُخْرَىٰ ۚ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكُم مَّرْجِعُكُمْ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ فِيهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ (164) وَهُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَكُمْ خَلَائِفَ الْأَرْضِ وَرَفَعَ بَعْضَكُمْ فَوْقَ بَعْضٍ دَرَجَاتٍ لِّيَبْلُوَكُمْ فِي مَا آتَاكُمْ ۗ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ سَرِيعُ الْعِقَابِ وَإِنَّهُ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ (165)

اللهم تقبل من محمد وآل محمد ومن أمة محمد.

Brothers and Sisters!
It was the morning of Eid in Medina. After the prayer, it was time for sacrifice. As was his tradition, the Prophet (s.a.w.) had two sacrificial animals. He got them down on the ground with his compassionate hands, and turned them toward the qibla. Then he recited the following verses from our Holy Book: “Indeed, I have turned my face toward He who created the heavens and the earth, inclining toward truth, and I am not of the idolaters. 1 Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds. He has no partner.” 2
After reciting the verses, our Prophet said the following prayer and slaughtered the animals in the name of Allah: “O Allah! These sacrifices are your blessings and they are for your consent. Accept them from myself, from my family, and from my Ummah!” 3
Honorable Believers!

Friday Prayer – Jumuah Khutba 「DECLARATION OF SERVITUDE AND SINCERITY: SACRIFICE」
DECLARATION OF SERVITUDE AND SINCERITY: SACRIFICE

The greatest honor in the world is being close to Allah. Allah is close to us, closer than our jugular vein. And He wants us to be closer to Him as well. That is why He has bestowed on us countless blessings to make us get closer to Him. He made worship a means of getting closer to Him. We fulfill all our religious obligations to be closer to our Lord. For whoever is close to Him is close to truth. Whoever is close to Him is close to justice and mercy. Whoever is close to Him is away from the devil. And here comes another religious ritual that gets us closer to Him. Here comes the sacrifice and a feast: Eid al-Adha (Sacrifice Feast). Jubilation is rushing into our spirits already.
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Sacrifice is not merely about shedding the blood of an animal. It contains much deeper meanings and wisdom. Before anything, sacrifice is the intention to let go of all the burden that keeps us away from Allah. The aim in sacrifice is to get rid of those who get between us and Allah. It is to open our hearts directly to Allah. In short, sacrifice is a declaration of servitude and sincerity to Allah. Our Lord informs us this fact as such: “It is not the flesh and blood of your sacrifice that reaches Allah. What reaches Allah is your piety..”4
Brothers and Sisters!
Sacrifice is to keep our awareness of charity alive in the cause of Allah. It is to share the joy of Eid with those who cannot afford to celebrate it. It is to get closer to our neighbors, our relatives, our friends and loved ones; in short, to each other. From that perspective, sacrifice is a helping hand we extend to brothers and sisters we have never known or seen in countries we have never heard of.
Brothers and Sisters!
If you can afford it, sacrifice an animal. If you cannot, treat your fellowship to fellow Muslims. Give away your smiles as charity. Let us forget those who made us forget Allah. Let us remain pure and true. Let us be one and together. Let us be companions of Prophet Abraham (as) who was tested with his son Ishmael. Let us keep in mind that our children are also entrusted to us like Ishmael. Let us not veer away from the path of our Prophet (s.a.w.) and his companions.
Brothers and Sisters!
Like every year, our Presidency of Religious Affairs and Diyanet Foundation are ready this year to take ummah’s charitable and benevolent hand to the whole world. Sacrifices of our charitable ummah will be taken to needy and oppressed brothers and sisters inside and outside the country. And therefore, bridges of friendship will be strengthened. Let us keep in mind that each sacrifice we will give to our needy brothers and sisters will be a letter of compassion and mercy that carries the shared signature of ummah.
On these thoughts and sentiments, I wish that our Lord may make us reach Eid in peace and accept our sacrifices.

1 Al-An’am, 6/79.
2 Al-An’am, 6/162-163.
3 Ibn Majah, Edâhî,1; Abu Dawud, Dahâyâ, 3-4.
4 Al-Haj, 22/37.