QURBANI / UDHIYA – A Sacred Act
In Islam, Qurbani implants and nourishes among its followers, the spirit of total submission to Allah’s will equipping mankind with the most superior of qualities necessary to keep humanity in a state of lasting peace and welfare.
Qurbani is a religious sacrifice of sheep, cattle, goats or camels which is made after Eid al Adha prayers, between the 10th and 12th days of Dhul Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic calendar.
The blessed tradition was passed down to us by our Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and Ismail (peace be upon him) reflecting on their ultimate devotion to Allah (subḥānahu wa-taʿālā) and the sacrifices they were willing to make.
Prophet Ibrahim (alayhi s-salām).) had a number of dreams where he was being commanded to sacrifice his one and only, beloved son, Ismail (alayhi s-salām).
In his devotion to Allah (subḥānahu wa-taʿālā)), Prophet Ibrahim (alayhi s-salām) agreed to follow his dream and perform the sacrifice. Allah (subḥānahu wa-taʿālā) intervened and sent a ram to be sacrificed in Ismail’s place.
Qurbani, or Udhiyah in Arabic, means sacrifice. Every year Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, a sheep, a cow or a camel – to reflect Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for the sake of Allah (subḥānahu wa-taʿālā).
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