Qurbani (sacrifice) in Islam

Qurbani means sacrifice, in Islam all Muslim offers Qurbani of animals in the way of ALLAH during Eid-ul-Adha. Qurbani is actually commemorating the act of Prophet Ibrahim’s Qurbani which is clearly mentioned in Qura’an. The main reason and meaning of the Qurbani in Islam is to getting close to ALLAH by sacrificing a healthy animal and distribute the meat among destitute and poor in the name of ALLAH. This action of Muslims is very much loved and appreciated by ALLAH. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) said.

 “A person doesn’t perform any action on Baqar Eid or Eid-ul-Adha which is dearer to ALLAH than Qurbani. The Qurbani will come on the Day of Judgment, with its horns, hairs and hoofs and at the time of sacrificing animal, it is accepted by ALLAH even before the blood of the slaughtered animal reaches the ground. Therefore, perform Qurbani happily and open heartedly.” (Tirmizi, volume 3, page 162, Hadith 1498, Dar-ul-Fikar Beirut)

Qurbani is wajib on every Muslim male and female who is adult, sane and having wealth. Wealth doesn’t mean he must have millions but if he is having much currency, valuable goods, property and that he/she can afford a specific animal for sacrifice. Qurbani can perform with some specific animals like goat, sheep, cow, ox, bull or every kind of cattle, and on camel.

Qurbani is teaching a lesson of equality among all Muslims, the meat of Qurbani should divide in three equal parts, one for your own use, one for your close relatives and one to the poor, needy and destitute. There are lots of people who can’t afford good food and meat. Qurbani is giving them an opportunity to taste meat and thank ALLAH. Like other values of Islam, Qurbani is also acts which are bringing unity and peace in society on the day of Qurbani (Eid-ul-Adha) all people are eating a same type of food without the difference of rich and poor.