A day after hajj pilgrims has performed their ‘wukuf’ in Arafah, muslims are encouraged to slaughter animals, such as cow, goat, sheep or camel. This slaughter is to commemorate and to remember Abraham’s (Ibrahim) trial. The Al Quran describes Abraham as follow:
“Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous.” (Qur’an 16:120-121)
For muslims, the sacrifice of animals is associated with festivals, generosity, and seeking blessings from Allah swt. We need to remember that the sacrifice itself is nothing to do with atoning for our sins. The Al Quran mentions that, “It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him” (Qur’an 22:37). It means that the animal sacrifice is the symbol of our willingness to make sacrifices in our live.
Alhamdulillah, as a true muslim I have completely done my animal sacrifice this year. I have a happy feeling that I can fulfil my obedience to my Lord. Also, I am really proud that I can share something with other since animal sacrifice itself symbolizes the willingness to give up some of our bounties to help other people surrounding us. Life is for sharing, right?