بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْن،وَالصَّلاۃ وَالسَّلامُ عَلَی النَّبِیِّ الْکَرِيم وَعَلیٰ آله وَاَصْحَابه اَجْمَعِيْن۔

History of Sacrifice

The prophet of Allah, Ibrahim (AS) was shown in a dream that he is slaughtering his son Ismail (AS). The prophet’s dream is verily true. Consequently, for the compliance of the command of Allah, Ibrahim (AS), departed from Palestine and reached Makkah. When the father informed his son that Allah Almighty has ordered him to slaughter you, then the most obedient son Ismail [peace be upon him] replied saying: يآ أبت افعل ما تؤمر ستجــــــدني إن شاء الله من الصابرين “O my father, do as you have been commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, among the steadfast.” (Al-Saffat: 102). Having been heard the response of the son, Ibrahim (AS) took his son Ismail (AS) to Makkah to slaughter him. In the meantime, the Satantried toenticehim at three placesin Mina, where he stoned the Satan seven times, thereafter, he sank into the earth. Eventually, for the sake of the divinepleasure, Ibrahim (AS) laid the piece of his heart (the most beloved one) face-downed on the ground, sharpened the knife, blindfolded his eyes and then he continued to move the knife on the throat of his son, unless itwasnotheardfrom Allah the Almighty: We called to him, "O Ibrahim, You have fulfilled the vision." Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good.” (Al-Saffat 104-105).  Thus, in lieu of Ismail (AS), a ram from the heaven was sent down, whom Ibrahim (AS) slaughtered, as Allah, the Almighty, said in the holy Quran, And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice.” (Al-Saffat: 107). After this incident, animals’ sacrifice for seeking pleasure of Allah, used to be considered as a special worship. By this way, sacrifice of animals has been prescribed every year, for Ummah of the messenger of Allah, Muhammad (PBUH). Above all, it was made an Islamic Ritual. In pursuit of Ibrahim (AS) sacrifice and following the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), this series of animals’ sacrifice will continue till the Day of Resurrection, Insha Allah.

Mohammad Najeeb Qasmi (www.najeebqasmi.com)