The significance of sacrifice at Eid-ul-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha symbolises concepts like submission and surrender to Allah and feeling gratitude and being thankful for all the blessings He has bestowed upon humanity. In some cultures, the term Qurban for is used for Eid-ul-Adha and this term literally means “to come closer” with the association of sacrificing of an animal at this occasion. The Holy Qur’an informs us that the first sacrificial offer was made by the sons of Adam with an intention to achieve proximity to Allah. (Qur’an, 5:27). The term Adha or Udhiyyeh, on the other hand, refers to an act of sacrificing an animal during a certain period with the intention of worship, ibadah. The sacrifice is done according to certain principles of religion which we learn from the noble messenger of Allah. The act of sacrificing an animal for Allah during Eid-ul-Adha is confirmed by the Qur’an, Sunnah and ijma.  Majority of Muslim scholars agree that the verse “Fesalli li Rabbike wanhar” refers to this sacrificial act. A hadith that appears in Ibn Majah and Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal reports that the Prophet (s) reads “Those who have the means and do not sacrifice an animal during Eid-ul-Adha should stay away from my Masjid.” It is because of this hadith and other reports that the Hanafi jurists agreed that sacrificing an animal during Eid-ul-Adha is wajib, necessary. Although the other three Sunni schools...

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