Stories of the Quran about Qurbani

The practice of qurbani has existed since the time of the Prophet Adam (Peace Be Upon Him). The sharia of qurbani was perfected during the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), following the example of his father Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail, Peace be Upon Them.

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Global Qurban – ACT’s Qurbani Animals in Rancamaya Hamlet, Gunungsari Village, Sukaratu, Tasikmalaya, West Java. (ACTNews/Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – The practice of animal sacrifice or udhiyah/qurbani began since the time of the very first man, Prophet Adam (PBUH). The Quran and the Hadith tell us about how the ritual of qurbani began with Prophet Adam (PBUH), continued by Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH), and followed by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

In the fifth chapter of the Quran, Surah Al-Mai’dah, verse number 27, Allah reveals, “And recite to them the story of Adam's two sons, in truth, when they both made an offering [to Allah], and it was accepted from one of them but was not accepted from the other. Said [the latter], "I will surely kill you." Said [the former], "Indeed, Allah only accepts from the righteous [who fear Him].”

From this story, according to Ustaz Faris BQ, we can conclude that the sign of the acceptance of our qurbani can be seen in the effect of qurbani on our hearts. Do our hearts become more inclined to piety? Do they become more inspired to do good deeds? If our hearts are not affected by our qurbani, it might indicate that our qurbani is not accepted by Allah.

Another verse that tells the story of qurbani is the 102nd verse in the 37th chapter of the Quran. Allah says, “And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion,1 he said, "O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think." He said, "O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast."

One of the hadith about qurbani is narrated by Imam Tirmidhi in his book of sunan on the authority of Aishah (May Allah be Pleased with Her). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says, “There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Resurrection with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed on a person’s good deeds). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore, sacrifice with an open and happy heart.” The hadith was graded hasan (good) by Imam Tirmidhi. []