Qurbani means oblation, every year in the religious month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims all over the globe sacrifice animals such as – a sheep, goat, camel or a cow – to highlight the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail, for the grace of Almighty Allah (God). The real intention of sacrificing animals is to achieve the blessings of Almighty Allah (God) and show that Muslims fear Almighty Allah (God). It means we should sacrifice even our very precious things if asked by Almighty Allah (God). In a perception, sacrifice means we can aside the desire of doting earthly titles and sacrifice everything for the sake of Allah. The Founder of Dawat-e-Islami the Spiritual Guide, Ameer e Ahle Sunnat, the Honorable Sheikh; Abu Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri Razavi Ziaee states; that the ideology behind “Udhiya”(sacrifice) is that it is an affirmation of complete compliance to Almighty Allah(God) and an evidence of total submission to Almighty Allah’s (God’s)wish or directives. When a Muslim performs an “Udhiya” (sacrifice) this is precisely what he aims to prove? Thus, the “Udhiya” (sacrifice) offered indicates that he is a bondsman of Almighty Allah (God) at his best. And that he will not hesitate even for a split second once he gets a sheer bid from his Creator to submit before and to obey cheerfully, even if it be at the price of his life or titles.
This is precisely what the Prophet Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) did; there was no justification why a father should butcher his law-abiding son. But, when the orders came from Almighty Allah (God), he never asked the motive to that command, nor did he fluctuate to perform it. This is the true ideology of “Qurbani”. It is better that one chooses an animal and cherishes it and becomes wonted with it, as this animal is to become the great reimburse and not only that, but it is a replacement for the sacrifice of one’s own blood. “Udhiya” means “blood sacrifice” in Arabic and “Qurbani” is a Persian & Urdu word which means an action fulfilled to gain Almighty Allah’s (God’s) happiness. It is strictly used for the carnage of animals slaughtered for the happiness of Almighty Allah (God). The carnage of animals has always been a well-known type of worship in many religions, but in the “Shariah” (Islamic law) of our beloved holy Prophet the carnage of animals has been well-known as a kind of worship which is only performed during the three days of the month of Zulhijjah, which are 10th, 11th, and 12th.
The real reason of sacrifice is to accomplish Almighty Allah’s (God’s) and to near Him. A Muslim who sacrifices an animal nears Almighty Allah (God) and attains His blessings. Sacrifice is also an example of collective support and consensus. In common, the poor consume most part of the meat of the sacrificed animals. It is viewed; approaching Almighty Allah (God) and serving the needy prevails in the soul of this worship. At least 1/3rdof the meat from the animal must go to poor or vulnerable people and the2/3rdof the meat for his family and give the final third to neighbors and relatives. Hazrat Abu Hurairah may Almighty Allah (God) be pleased with him states that; the Disciples of Almighty Allah (God) peace and blessings be upon him has said: “Whoever is capable to perform sacrifice and does not, he should not come to perform Eid prayer.” (Ibn Majah). So we can see the significance of “Udhiya” (sacrificed) from the mentioned ‘Hadith’, so each and every Muslim who is compelled should perform it, and if possible within their reach. This will not only form an atmosphere of ‘Eid’ and ‘Qurbani’ in the society but will also benefit as a lesson for ages to come.