Sacrifice: Beyond Ritual ………………. Author: Kamran Ghani Saba


Any worship in Islam is not just a ritual. Qurbani is also a great worship in which many wisdoms are hidden. Unfortunately, most of us either don’t understand these wisdoms or even if we understand them, we don’t try to apply them in our lives.

Sacrifice is actually the name of giving up one’s pleasure for someone else’s pleasure. As the incident of Hazrat Ibrahim (peace be upon him) shows, he did not hesitate to sacrifice his Noor Nazar, Lakht Jagar Ismail (peace be upon him) in the way of God for the sake of Allah. From the study of the Qur’an, it is known that the sacrifice had already started with the sacrifices of Cain and Abel, the sons of Hazrat Adam.
And it was said to them, “Ibn-i-Adam said with the truth that he mentioned the Qurbana, so it was accepted by one of them, but he did not accept it from the other.” Al-Ma’idah: 183
Translation: “And you should recite to the People of the Book the story of the two sons of Adam correctly. When each of them made a request to Allah, the request of one of them was accepted, and the request of the other was accepted. Not done”.

The substance of the sacrifice is “closeness”. From this it can be inferred that the real purpose of sacrifice is to give up one’s own happiness to gain someone’s closeness. An English thinker says:
The greatest sacrifice is when you sacrifice your own happiness for the sake of someone else.
Sacrifice strengthens relationships. If the sacrifice is offered for an individual or society, our relationship with that individual and society will be strengthened. Similarly, the sacrifice offered to God will strengthen our relationship with God.

Someone has rightly said:
A strong relationship starts with two brave people who are ready to sacrifice anything for each other.
Sacrifice of life is the ascension of sacrifice. If we consider it a blessing to sacrifice our life for the love of someone, whether that love is for God, for the country or for someone else, then surely the small sacrifice has no status for us.

The festival of sacrifice gives us this message that we should always be ready to sacrifice our body, mind and money for God and His servants. If Allah has blessed us with wealth, then we should sacrifice some part of our wealth for God’s servants. If we have been given the wealth of knowledge, let us enrich others with our knowledge. If for the sake of the welfare of the nation and nation, we have to resign from our position and position, then we should give priority to the interest of the nation and nation over our own interest and resign from our position and position. This is the real spirit and message of sacrifice.

May Allah grant us the ability to understand the true spirit and message of Qurbani and apply them in our lives.

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