The Real Meaning of Sacrifice
The Real Meaning of Sacrifice Original Quranic word for Sacrifice, Korban,
is derived from the Arabic root word Carrabba, which means “near.”
Terminologically, it refers to the slaughtering of animals
as a means of drawing closer to Allah SWT.
In Islam, sacrifice is also known as Al-udhhiyyah and Adh-dhahiyyah,
which refers to the slaughtering of animals such as camels, cows, buffaloes,
and goats during Aidiladha as a means of taqarrub, or drawing closer to Allah s.w.t.
Before the prophet Muhammad s.a.w, sacrifice was a regular practice.
Prophet Adam (A.S.)
Since the time of the Prophet Adam (a.s.), it has been part of Islamic law.
It is a believer’s sacrifice to Allah SWT, a sign of allegiance to Him, and an expression
of profound gratitude for the benefits of life that Allah SWT has bestowed upon us
And for every Ummah, we have ordered slaughter (sacrifice) so that
they can say the name of Allah s.w.t. for the food Allah has given
them in the form of livestock So, your God is the One God.
Trust Him and tell (Muhammad) good news for those who obey Allah.”
(Surah Al-Hajj Ayat 34) In Surah Al-Maidah verse 27, Allah s.w.t. tells the
story of the two sons of Adam a.s. who were told to make a sacrifice.
“And tell them (Muhammad) the true story of Adam’s two sons, Habil and Qabil.
When they both made sacrifices, one was accepted (Habil’s) and
the other was not (Qabil’s). He (Qabil) said, “I will certainly kill you!”
Habil said, Allah only accepts (sacrifices) from those who guard (against evil).”
Because slaughtering livestock has been a legal practice from
mankind’s inception, we can learn from this account how:
Only those who are sincerely sincere in their sacrifices will be accepted by God.
What matters isn’t the type or size of the animals, but the sincerity that accompanies them.
A Sacrifice is an act of worship that is necessary to draw closer
to Allah s.w.t, in addition to fasting.
Quran mentions Prophet Ibrahim (A.S)
Quran mentions Prophet Ibrahim a.s’ effort to perform sacrificially
worship in the Qur’an. His son, Ismail a.s., was dear to the
Prophet Ibrahim a.s. and regarded him as his heir apparent.
When Ismail was a child, Prophet Ibrahim a.s. was said to have spent time with the little boy. Ismail’s birth was a long-anticipated event, as was the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
It is recorded in Surah As-Saaffaat verse 102: “O my son, certainly I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think” that Allah s.w.t. wished to test Prophet Ibrahim a.s. “O my father, do as I instruct you,” he pleaded with his father.
If Allah wills, you’ll discover that I’m among the steadfast, so look no further.
Despite the weight of the test, Prophet Ibrahim a.s. faithfully followed Allah’s s.w.t instructions.
It is mentioned in the following verse, “And We ransom his son with a big sacrifice,”
that Allah s.w.t accepted his sincerity and earnestness to Allah s.w.t and
substituted his son’s sacrifice for an animal. (Verse 107 of Surah As-Saaffa)
As the hadith recounted by Sayyidatina Asiyah r.a. that theMessenger
of Allah, s.a.w said: Sacrifice is the most valued worship of Allah s.w.t.
A single deed accomplished by human beings during this month of fasting is more beloved by Allah SWT than slaying sacrificial animals. On the Day of Resurrection, the sacrificial animal will appear, complete with horns, feathers, and nails. He (his recompense) will be accepted by Allah SWT even before the victim’s blood is spilled on the ground. In that case, have a pleasant time securing (the victim’s) prize. Tarmidzi’s history
Many scholars have decided that the law of sacrifice is Sunnah Muakkadah,
the closest sunnah to mandatory, whereas Imam Abu Hanifah made it
obligatory based on Allah’s words in Surah Al-Kausr verse 2: ”
Then establish worship for your god and make the sacrifice.”
“Anyone who has the mean but does not sacrifice, then do not approach
our place of prayer,” the Prophet s.a.w. said. (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and
Al Hakimi has all reported this). The Real Meaning of Sacrifice
Use this moment to show Allah s.w.t just how much we appreciate him.
Allah s.w.t. accepts all sacrifices as an act of worship, and it is through this worship that we can draw closer to Him. As a way to deepen the link between human beings, it is also an occasion to distribute sacrificial meat.
Our time here is limited. May we approach the month of Zulhijjah each year
with the resolve to continually elevate our standing before Allah s.w.t. and the rest of creation.