Festival of Sacrifice.
Posted on October 5th, 2014

By A. Abdul Aziz,

 Eid-ul-Azha marks the completion of the pilgrimage to Mecca by Muslims from multifarious nations of the world on the tenth day of the Islamic month Zul Haj. It is obligatory to bring the pilgrimage to a successful termination with the sacrifice of an animal. Like prayer and fasting, the performance of pilgrimage is a mode of worship seeking the spiritual, social and economic upliftment of Muslims.

 Pilgrimage accustoms a person to leave home and, for the sake of God, to undergo separation from friends and relatives. It also serves as a symbol of respect for the holy places of God frequented by the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). When visiting these sacred places the pilgrim experiences spiritual elation. The universal bond of Islamic brotherhood is also strengthened as pilgrims of worldwide nationalities gather together in a spirit of unity and harmony.

 The pilgrim offers the sacrifice of an animal at the end of the pilgrimage which is also done by Muslims all over the world. This is done in remembrance of Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ishmael (not Isaac as recorded in the Bible) who, in turn, resigned to being sacrificed under the belief that it was the Will of God. We read in the Holy Quran:

 And when he (Ishmael) was old enough to run along with him (Abraham), he said, `O my dear son, I have seen in a dream that I offer thee in sacrifice. So consider what thou thinkest of it!’ He replied, `O my father, do as thou art commanded; thou wilt find me, if Allah please steadfast in my faith.’

And when they both submitted to the Will of God, and Abraham had thrown him down on his forehead, We called to him `O Abraham thou hast indeed fulfilled the dream.’ Thus indeed do We reward those who do good.’ (37:103-105)

 The Holy Quran succinctly describes the significance of animal sacrifice:

Their flesh reaches not Allah, nor does their blood, but it is your righteousness that reaches Him. (22:38)

 The act of sacrifice is symbolic reminding the person who offers it that as the animal is inferior to him so he, also, is inferior to God and should, therefore, be ready to sacrifice himself and all his personal interests and inclinations for the sake of God when he is required to do so. The attainment of righteousness should be the goal of every Muslim. The Holy Quran states:

 Verily the most honourable among you in the sight of Allah is the one who is most righteous among you. (49:40)

 Those who do good and act righteously shall have a great reward. (4:173)

 Verily he truly prospers who purifies himself, and remembers the name of his Lord and offers prayers. (87:15)

The act of sacrifice is in no way an atonement for the sins of the person making the sacrifice. Islam emphasises that no creature or person can atone for the sins of anyone else and, therefore, rejects the Christian Doctrine of Atonement which declares that Jesus atoned for the sins of mankind by shedding his blood on the cross.

 Eid-ul-Azha is an occasion on which Muslims everywhere are encouraged to make every kind of sacrifice for the spiritual, moral, social, and economic uplift of mankind and especially their own. If they make it a common cause and strive to manifest in themselves the attributes of God in accordance with the teachings and guidance of the Holy Quran and teachings of the Holy Prophet then, indeed, the message of Eid-ul-Azha would have borne fruit.


7 Responses to “Festival of Sacrifice.”

  1. Nanda Says:

    Festival of innocent animal slaughter.
    It is a shame that Sri Lankan Buddhists were sent to murderous Qatar to participate in this by our Prez.

  2. Amarasiri Says:

    A. Abdul Aziz,

    “It is obligatory to bring the pilgrimage to a successful termination with the sacrifice of an animal.”

    This is not obligatory. It has its roots in idol practices of ancient societies including Arabs,, and the Jewish Priests, and even Hindu Priests did sacrifices of goats and horses. You can cetrtainly practice Islam or even the Devil following Wahhabism without sacrificing animals. If you are honest, you can say say that yoiu are killing the aniimal to eat.

    Doing Qurbani is not binding, although it is desirable. Although it is directly related
    with rituals of Hajj, it has also been extended by the prophet, alaihissalaam, to the rest of the Muslim communities for the non-Hajis to particpate in the rituals of Hajj. However, the fact of the matter is that it is not binding.


    The sacrifice of an animal has always been treated as a recognized form of worship in all religious orders originating from a divine book. Even in pagan societies, the sacrifice of an animal is recognized as a form of worship, but it is done in the name of some idols and not in the name of Allah, a practice totally rejected by Islam.


  3. AnuD Says:

    A. Abdul Azis:

    Don’t you think it is very low to destroy animal lives because you muslims that you are underneath the god.

    That is the same thinking that christians have.

    Why animal is secondary to a human life ?

  4. Nihal Fernando Says:

    If God has created all the animals as well what right do we human beings have to kill them for the sake of the Creator? If it is so obligatory one should scarifies himself/herself not helpless animals.

  5. Nanda Says:

    Sanath Jayasuriya and Mavan Atapattu togeteher with few christian cricketer going to DOha to celebrate Aids ( ul Aza) there.
    NEver mind the christians who belive God has created all the animals for us to eat, Sanath the Buddhist with thousand pirith nool should not go.

  6. veediyabandara Says:

    Only demons accept animal sacrifices. Whoever accepts animal sacrifices cannot be a god by any mean.

  7. Nanda Says:

    The following is the last sentence of text of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s message:

    “I wish all Muslims of Sri Lanka a happy and peaceful Eid-Ul-Alha.”

    This festival is all about taking animals in a possession on the streets and killing them brutally. This is how MaaHindaa achieve peace ?
    We never heard about Eid those days. We only knew Hajji festival. MaaHinda has recognised evil Koran and killing as peaceful.

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