Spirit and importance of sacrifice

2015-09-09 06:00

BY performing the sacrifice termed Qurbani in Islam every year, a Muslim is abundantly rewarded and drawn closer to the creator.

Since this sacrificial devotion can be offered on only three days of the year, in the Islamic month of Zul Hijjah, this God-given opportunity must not be missed by any Muslim on whom Qurbani is compulsory.

Prophet Abraham had two options - either follow the cry of his heart, or to submit to the call of his heart. He chose to submit, Qurbani therefore, is not a monetary worship or duty that is discharged in distant poor countries.

Qurbani or sacrifice is about love for the creator in contract to love of self-obedience over rebellion.

The time for Qurbani begins after the Eid prayer on the 10th of Zulu Hijjah and ends at the setting of the sun on the 12th to dispel any misconceptions and performed inhumanely. I am now describing the method of slaughtering an animal for sacrifice.

First a Muslim should take care to slaughter an animal without subjecting it to unnecessary pain and torture. This was the instruction of Prophet Muhammed

• The knife to be used for slaughter should be well sharpened so that it slits the throat immediately without causing undue pain to the animal.

• The knife should not be sharpened in front of the animals.

• The animal to be slaughtered should be given food and water.

• It should not be dragged along to the place of slaughter.

• The animal should be slaughtered at an isolated place where the other animals cannot see.

• It should be laid on the ground with ease as it is abominable to use undue force.

• Only three of the legs should be tied together.

• The animal should not be slaughtered with such force that its head is severed, or the knife reaches the spinal cord.

• After slaughtering, the head should not be cut off nor should the animal be skinned until the body is totally cold.

It is permissible to slaughter a goat, sheep, cow, bull, buffalo or camel. The minimum age for a cow bull or buffalo is two years. Goat, sheep or ram must be a year old, and a camel five years.

Eid ul Adha will be celebrated on 24 September by Muslims in South Africa.


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