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.