The First Qurbani
Ibrahim عليه السلام, commanded in a dream by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى, was prepared to sacrifice his son Ismail عليه السلام.
The mandatory (wajib) act of Qurbani originates with the sacrifice that Ibrahim AS was prepared to make, of his son Ismail AS, as commanded by Allah SWT:
“And when he attained the age of running with him (Ibrahim), he said: “O my son verily I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering thee, so look, considerest thou?” He said: “O my father! Do that which thou art commanded, thou shalt find me, Allah willing, of the patient.” (37:102)
As Ibrahim عليه السلام was about make the sacrifice, a ram was put in Ismail’s عليه السلام place. Ibrahim عليه السلام and Ismail’s عليه السلام complete obedience, acceptance, submission and lack of hesitation to follow through with the command of Allah are certainly worthy of commemoration.
Qurbani, like the fasting of Ramadan, is a means for us to reach the state of Taqwa (God-consciousness) through the sacrifice of our wealth, and distributing our wealth, and alms to the poor.
“It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah , but what does reach Him is the taqwā (God-consciousness) on your part. Thus He has made them (the animals) subjugated to you, so that you proclaim Allah’s glory for the guidance He gave you. And give good news to those who are good in their deeds.” (22:37)
When we make the Qurbani, a 1/3 is typically given to the poor, the other 1/3 to friends and family and the final 1/3 is kept.
The Qurbani is mandatory for every sane, mature person who possesses wealth above the nisab threshold, and it is done during the tenth, eleventh and twelfth of Dhul Hijjah.
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This Eid do your Qurbani with us. Make your sacrifice with sincerity, and know that it goes to where it’s needed most.