As it is narrated in the Holy Qur’an, Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) had a dream, not once, but repeatedly where he was being asked by Allah (SWT) to sacrifice his son Ismail (A.S). This was a test of love and submission towards Allah. He surrendered to Allah SWT’s command without hesitating and prepared himself and his son for sacrifice.
It is said that Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) took his son to Mount Arafat to perform the sacrifice. He described his dream to his son upon reaching the mountain, to which his son obliged and echoed the same beliefs that this was an act of obedience towards Allah SWT.
However, as he tied his son with a rope and was about to slaughter him, Allah SWT replaced Ismail (A.S) with a ram, and Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) slaughtered the animal instead. His son Ismail (A.S) was standing perfectly fine right next to him, much to his disbelief!
This story is a remarkable illustration of unconditional love and commitment. It speaks volumes of faith and devotion towards the Almighty, in every sense. It represents their unmatched loyalty and fervour towards their religion and their Creator.
Thus, ever since that day, on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims all over the world perform the act of Qurbani where they slaughter an animal and celebrate the wonderful occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. They celebrate this devotion and belief of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) and Ismail (A.S).
The practice of Qurbani in Islam holds great value and is an act of devotion towards Allah (SWT). It is also an act of giving to others in their time of need.
Each and every year, people all over the world take part in Qurbani - donating to charities like Muslim Aid to share their Qurbani. Sheep, cows, goats and more are divided among family, friends and those in need to ensure that the Eid-ul-Adha celebrations are enjoyed by all.
You can donate your Qurbani with Muslim Aid this year and help distribute to those less fortunate.