Friday, June 21, 2013

animal sacrifie is mentioned in Quran

Assalam oalaikum,

In this post I shall mention the verses from the Holy Quran which reflect the importance of Sadqa. Though Sadqa (Voluntary Charity) is not compulsory like Zakaat (Compulsory Charity) yet it is highly preferred in Islam. There is a plethora of evidence from the Holy Quran and the ahadith which show the importance and the multiple benefits of Sadqa.

Sadqa can be of many types, such as giving food, money or clothes to the needy, feeding the birds, giving donations to Mosques and madrassas, giving aids to hospitals or sacrificing a goat or a cow. According to a recent research conducted on this topic-
Nearly 65.5% have said that they opt for sacrificing an animal (cow or goat) as a Sadqa.
85% of the respondents said that they offer Sadqa for healing whereas 84.8% respondents commonly believed that Sadqa can cure diseases.

So we find that even during the present times, when modern western medicine prevails to quite some extent, Muslims are fortunately aware about the healing power of Sadqah.

Here are some of the Quranic verses related to Sadqah of animals:

‘In them (cattle offered for sacrifice) are benefits for you for an appointed term, and after wards they are brought for sacrifice unto the ancient House’ (the Haram- sacred territory of Makkah city) (TMQ-22:33)
‘And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice’. (i.e. a ram) (TMQ-37:107)
‘And perform properly (i.e. all the ceremonies according to the ways of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)the Hajj and Umrah (i.e.the pilgrimage to Makkah) for Allah. But if you are prevented (from completing them), sacrifice a Hady (animal, i.e. a sheep, cow goat, etc) such as you can afford and do not shave your head until the Hady reaches the place of sacrifice….’(TMQ-2:196)
That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e. reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade etc) and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days (i.e. 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th of Dul-Hijjah) over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice) (at the time of their slaughtering by saying: Bismillah, Wallahu-Akbar, Allahumma Minka wa Ilaik). Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a hard time’. (TMQ-22:28)

Sacrificing an animal has been an integral part of Islam. In order to In order to instill Tauhid (Oneness of Allah), Allah (swt) has prohibited sacrifice for anyone besides Himself. During the period of Jahilliyah the polytheists used to slaughter animals on the stone altars which stood in front of the deities around the Ka’aba. This was done with the objective of pleasing the deities. Islam put an end to this evil practice by prohibiting the slaughtering of an animal in other than Allah (swt)’s Name.

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THE BENEFITS OF ANIMAL SACRIFICE

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The Holy Quran (3:129) says: “And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth...”
So when a man claims to be the owner of a huge mansion or a large estate his ownership is superficial and for namesake only. If he feels
proud of his worldly possessions then he is simply being conceited.
Moreover, a man’s ownership is also temporary as he has been sent in this world for a limited time so that he can be put to test by Allah (swt). If a person realizes this ultimate truth then he will never disobey Allah (swt). Allah (swt) has Commanded mankind umpteen times in the Holy Quran to share their wealth which Allah (swt) has bestowed upon them with the deprived. Hoarding one’s wealth and not behaving generously with the less fortunate people is a grave sin. Such stingy people may be fooled into thinking that they have made a very smart move by hoarding wealth in this world. However, the truth is that such people lack farsightedness.    By disobeying Allah (swt)’s Command of sharing one’s wealth with the destitute such people may make themselves richer in this fleeting worldly life but quite poor in the eternal life. If Allah (swt) has blessed us with wealth, high positions, knowledge and good health then it is our duty to show gratitude towards Allah (swt) by sharing Allah (swt)’s gifts with the deprived people.
In the light of the Holy Quran and the ahadith I shall discuss the benefits of an animal sacrifice and how it can help us in gaining Allah (swt)’s Goodwill both in this life and in the life hereafter.

“Sadqah soothes the Lord’s anger and protects against a bad death”.(Tirmidhi)
“Verily, the good deeds remove the bad deeds (i.e. small sins)”.  (TMQ-11:114)
“Who is he who will
lend to Allah a goodly loan, then Allah will increase it manifold to his credit (in repaying) and he will have (besides) a good reward i.e. Paradise. (TMQ-57:11)
“Those who spend their wealth (in Allah’s cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”. (TMQ-2:274)
“Charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire but malicious envy consumes good deeds as fire consumes wood”. Hadith.

The above mentioned Quranic verses and hadith show that an animal sacrifice for Allah (swt) is a means of expiation for sins and for purification of one’s soul. The one who offers sadqa will be free of fear and grief. Moreover, Allah (swt) will repay the sadqa by increasing it manifold.
When someone participates in a lucky draw the chances of winning may be 50-50. However, when we try to appease Allah (swt) through an animal sacrifice the chances of getting a reward from Him are 100% certain.

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ANIMAL SACRIFICE IN ISLAM

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In this post I shall discuss the importance of animal sacrifice in the light of the Holy Quran and the hadith.
We have often heard about the grains which are hoarded by the government. More often than not such grains become rotten because of being poorly stored. The wealth which is hoarded by the affluent is quite similar to such rotten grains, which instead of being distributed amongst the poor often end up getting rotten in the granaries. The wealth of the affluent people which is not shared with the underprivileged sections of the society for earning the Goodwill of Allah (swt) can also be compared to a stagnant body of water such as a pond. Without any flow in the water the water gets murky and it stinks. On the other hand, the wealth of a person who shares it with those who are needy is akin to a river which always keeps flowing and is fresh. Giving sadqa is considered to be a means of purifying one’s wealth in Islam. This implies that if sadqa is not given by a wealthy man as Commanded by Allah (swt) then his wealth is impure because it retains the share of the poor.
According to a hadith it is related from Asma bint Abi Bakr that she went to the Prophet (pbuh) and he said, ‘Do not be retentive or Allah will be retentive in respect of you. Spend as much as you can”. This hadith makes it clear that if a person shows miserliness instead of generosity towards the downtrodden people then he is sure to face the Wrath of Allah (swt). His disobedience ay make him lose Allah (swt)’s Bounty. In a bid to save some bucks he will lose out on Allah (swt)’s Mercy, which is priceless.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran-3:180,
“And let not those who (greedily) withhold what Allah has given them of His Bounty, ever think that it is better for them. Rather, it is worse for them. Their necks will be encircled by what they withhold on the Day of Resurrection. And to Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth. And Allah with what you do is fully acquainted.”
This Quranic verse makes it clear that for those who are wealthy yet stingy, the noose of hoarded wealth will be tightened around them, on the Doomsday.
So, if we our fortunate enough to have been blessed by Allah (swt) with wealth then it is our foremost duty to obey Allah (swt)’s Command and give sadqa to the poor. Making an animal sacrifice would be an ideal gift to the deprived people who cannot afford to eat mutton for the whole year. Such less fortunate people eagerly wait for the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha so that they can eat some good quality mutton which the rich distribute amongst them. Giving a sadqa of a goat or a cow to feed such deprived people once in a while will help us please Allah (swt) and get a great reward from Him. This would surely be a dividend-rich investment in which we will be getting the returns not only in this life but also in the life, Hereafter.

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THE VARIOUS FACETS OF ANIMAL SACRIFICE

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In this post, I shall discuss about the important factors pertaining to sadqa, in the light of the Holy Quran and the hadith.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, ‘The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity." – (Al Tirmidhi, Hadith 604)

This hadith brings out the importance of sharing one’s wealth with the downtrodden. As the saying goes, we reap what we sow. Therefore, if we are considerate enough to invest in an animal sacrifice, for the destitute, then we will be able to reap rich dividends in the life, Hereafter. The charity done by us in our worldly life will protect us from the Wrath of Allah (swt) and His punishment on the Doomsday.

Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: “And spend out of what We have given you before death comes to one of you so that he should say, ‘My Lord! Why did you not respite me to a near term so that should have given alms and been of the doers of good deeds?” (TMQ -63:10)
The gist of this Quranic verse is that there should not be any delay on our part in giving charity or in offering an animal to feed the poor. After all, our life in this world is quite uncertain and unpredictable. None of us knows when we may have to bid farewell to this world, forever. Hence, it is essential to make the most of the time that we have on hand in this world and spend in the Way of Allah (swt). “A man giving in alms one piece of silver in his lifetime is better for him than giving one hundred when he is about to die”-hadith. Waiting for something untoward to happen in life and then rushing to offer sadqa under compulsion does not make much sense. One can offer an animal sacrifice even during good health and in good times. The value of a sadqa, which is made with a pure intention of pleasing Allah (swt), will be much more in His Eyes than the one which is made in the midst of a disaster or when one finds that death is approaching. So we ought to sacrifice an animal for the poor in a timely way so that it does not get too late.
   
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran, “Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and Bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing’. (TMQ-2:268)

We may often notice that whenever we contemplate to offer sadqa, the fear of becoming poor looms large in our minds. This fear of becoming poor is instilled in our minds by our biggest enemy, i.e. Satan. Satan tries to dissuade us from offering sadqa by scaring us of becoming poor. Sadqa helps to bring about a balance in the society. If all the rich people offer sadqa of a goat or a cow then starvation will be wiped out. The charity offered by the affluent people can produce far reaching effects in the society. It will reduce the friction between the upper and the lower class. This will create peace and harmony in the society and also help to reduce the crime rate. Satan would never like such brotherhood, compassion and peace to prevail amongst the people. Therefore he tries his level best to deter us from offering sadqa. It is our foremost duty to understand the cunning tactics of Satan and to thwart his plans by offering a cow or a goat to feed the poor and to appease Allah (swt).

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ANIMAL SACRIFICE IS A NO-LOSS ETERNAL INVESTMENT

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In my previous post, I had mentioned about the fact that Satan tries to dissuade us from offering sadqah. He instills an irrational fear of poverty in our minds so that we may shirk from sharing our wealth. If a person falls into the trap of Satan then even though he may be stinking rich, he will be fooled into believing that he will become poor by offering an animal sacrifice. However, if a person understands the cunning ploys of Satan then he will not be misguided by him.

In this post, I shall discuss another important factor related to Sadqah. Besides, fearing poverty simply by doling out some money for the needy, some people may also be misled by Satan into believing that charity is quite a raw deal for them. They may feel that they are losing out on their hard earned wealth by sharing some of it with those who are poor. However, this is a misconception because the truth is just the reverse.  It has been categorically mentioned in the Holy Quran:

“O Prophet, say to them, ‘Indeed, my Lord extends provisions for whom He wills of His servants and restricts (it) for him. But whatever things you spend (in His way) –He will compensate it and He is the best of providers.’ (TMQ-34:39)

This verse clearly shows that whatever we spend in the Way of Allah (swt) has a great value in His eyes. Allah (swt) compensates it with some other bounty. This verse busts the myth that sadqa done in any way is an unprofitable deal for any us. Sadqa does not decrease our wealth in any way because our Creator has promised to replace everything which we offer to the poor. As the saying goes, ‘A word to the wise is enough’ so for those who are wise it will be easy for them to grasp the gist of the above mentioned Quranic verse. They will easily understand that by giving charity they are not on the losing end because they will be compensated by Allah (swt).

Here is a hadith which also shows us that giving charity does not mean incurring a loss, though it may seem to be so.

Aby Huraira (ra) related that Allah’s Apostle said, ‘No money ever decreases because of charity, when a servant of Allah forgives, Allah increases him in dignity’; and whenever a person humbles himself to Allah, Allah will elevate his status’. (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim).

Therefore, we should not hesitate when it comes to sharing our wealth with the poor.

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ANIMAL SACRIFICE IS A BEAUTIFUL LOAN TO ALLAH (SWT)

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Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
“Who is he that will Loan to Allah a beautiful loan? for (Allah) will increase it manifold to his credit, and he will have (besides) a liberal Reward”. (TMQ-57:11)

Initially this verse comes as a surprise to us and it leaves us wondering that why would Allah (swt) need a loan from us. After all, one of the beautiful, 99 names of Allah (swt) is Ya Samad which means -The Self-sufficient. Definitely Allah (swt) is independent of His Creation and his entire Creation depends on Him for their needs. So why would someone who is Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent need a loan from us? Well, if we delve deeper into the meaning of this verse then we may realize that Allah (swt) is showing generosity by asking us for a loan from the wealth he has bestowed upon us. Allah (swt) seeks unity, brotherhood and compassion amongst us. Therefore, He has asked us for a loan, which He does not need for Himself, but for the downtrodden people, so that equality and peace may prevail in the society.
So, whenever we decide to offer an animal sacrifice for feeding our poor brethren, we should remember that we are, in fact, offering a goodly loan to our Creator. This is surely a virtuous task and Allah (swt) has promised us that He will not only pay us back manifolds but He will also offer us a Reward. So this would surely be a great bargain for us where our investment will provide us not only rich dividends but also a prize.
Here is a hadith which is related to the above mentioned Quranic verse:
Reported Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud, when this verse was revealed and the people heard about it from the Holy Prophet (pbuh), Hazrat Abud-Dahdah Ansari asked, ‘Oh Allah’s Apostle (pbuh), does Allah want a loan from us?  The Holy Prophet said: Yes, O Abud-Dahdah. Abud-Dahdah said, ‘Kindly show me your hand. The Holy Prophet extended his hand towards him. Abud-Dahdah took his hand into his own and said, ‘I give away my garden in loan to My Lord. Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud says that the garden had 600 date palms and his house also in which his family lived. After saying this to the Holy Prophet (pbuh) he went straight back to home and he called out to his wife, “Come out, O mother ‘O mother of Dahdah, I have loaned this garden to my Lord’. She replied, ‘Dahdah’s father, you have made a good bargain!’ She immediately vacated and left the garden with her effects and children’. (ibn Abi Hatim).
This incident throws light on the strong faith which the people possessed during the times when Islam was in its infancy. They did not hesitate in parting with their wealth because of their strong believe in Allah (swt) and His promise. We should also take a clue from such pious Muslims and thereby, we should not hesitate in parting with some of our wealth. Feeding our poor brethren with a goat or a cow is a noble deed which will eventually help us tide over every crisis in the life, Hereafter. After all Allah (swt) has promised to reward those who spend in His Way!

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ANIMAL SACRIFICE CAN BE DONE IN A CONVENIENT WAY

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Generally speaking, an animal sacrifice requires some amount of time because firstly, a butcher needs to be hired. Secondly, the meat has to be distributed amongst the poor people. This can also be quite time-consuming so some people prefer handing over the sadqa meat to a Madarsa (an Islamic religious school where students can live also).

The person who offers an animal sacrifice also has the option of either distributing the meat raw or cooked. If he decides to distribute some meat preparation instead of raw meat then this may require extra time. Nevertheless, it may be more rewarding because getting so much meat cooked by a professional cook requires more planning, patience as well as money.
If we can take out so much time from our daily schedules then an animal sacrifice is possible. However, many of us have jam-packed schedules and therefore, face paucity of time. With deadlines to meet, erratic working hours, meetings to attend and lots of pending work to be done, it is difficult to find enough ‘me time’.
If this rings a familiar tone then you may also be the one who is caught up in life so you may be pressed for time. However, if there is a will there is a way so once you make up your mind nothing is impossible. Internet technology has made our life much easier and simpler. The ways in which internet technology facilitates our lives is mind boggling. Internet provides us with lots of Islamic knowledge, online Arabic learning facility, Quran downloading facility etc. So, animal sacrifice cannot be far behind.
Moreover, in some countries like Pakistan an animal sacrifice costs a fraction of the cost when compared to the western countries. So if a person places an order for an online sadqa in Pakistan, then not only will he have to spend much less but he may also be saved the trouble of having to do the sadqa all by himself. Undoubtedly, Islamic rituals such as an animal sacrifice can be done much conveniently in an Islamic country than in a non-Islamic country.

Therefore, placing an online order for the best quality cows and goats through an Islamic country will not be a bad idea. It can save a lot of your precious time and energy and it may also help you in performing an Islamic ritual for purification of your wealth and earning Allah (swt)’s Goodwill.      

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