Islam traces the history of Qurbani to Qaabeel and Haabeel. Haabeel was the first human being to offer sacrifice of an animal for Allah.
The Quran says Haabeel had offered a sheep whilst his brother Qaabeel offered part of the crops of his land.
Allah says in the Quran: ‘It is not their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches him.’ (22:37)
The philosophy behind ‘Udhiya’ is that it is a demonstration of obedience to Allah.
Ibraheem demonstrated this spirit of submission and sacrifice in the best possible manner.
When confronted with the challenge of love and allegiance, he chose to submit unconditionally to Allah.
Saudi Arabia have just announced the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah.
1 Dhul-Hijjah will be on Saturday 3 September 2016 and Muslims carrying out Hajj will be in ‘Arafah on Sunday 11 September 2016 (9 Dhul-Hijjah 1437).
Thereafter, we shall be celebrating ‘Eed al-Adhaa on Monday 12 September 2016, (10 Dhul-Hijjah 1437), in shaa-Allaah.
If you plan to offer the Qurbani ‘Eed Sacrifice, then cut your hair and nails from the 1st of Dhul-Hijjah until the slaughter is complete.
The Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The people of each household should offer an [‘Eed] sacrifice every year”
The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also said, “Whoever can afford it but does not offer a sacrifice, let him not come near our place of prayer.”
Sheikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: What is the correct opinion regarding the sacrifice [of ‘Eed al-Adh.haa]?
The Sheikh responded, “That which is apparent to me is the sacrifice is not obligatory.
“However, it is a highly recommended Sunnah, and is [therefore] disliked for one who is able [to offer it] to abstain from doing so.”
Sheikh Saalih al-Fowzaan was asked: Is it permissible to pay the price of [having] the [udhiyah] sacrifice [carried out], or is it better to [personally] undertake the [udhiyah] sacrifice and take some of [the meat]?
The sheikh responded, “It is better to sacrifice the udhiyah (qurbani) at home in the presence of his family, [locally] in his country – that is better, and if it is slaughtered [abroad on his behalf] here, then there is no harm [in doing so].