The Spirit of Sacrifice in Worship without Limits

In essence, all acts of worship to get closer and remember Allah is a sacrifice, including the qurbani itself which is slaughtering animals to get closer to Allah Almighty.

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Global Qurban-ACT qurbani animals in Deli Serdang, 2020. (ACTNews/Reza Mardani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Qurbani is one of unique acts of worship, where Muslims are commanded to sacrifice animals purchased in a halal way to be sacrificed. The meat is then distributed to others in a festival called Eid Al-Adha. In fact, qurbani is not only the act of worship that contains the value of sacrifice.

According to Ustaz Faris BQ, two words to refer to the Islamic ritual of sacrificing animals are qurbani and udhiyya. Qurbani comes from a root word that means to get closer to Allah, and udhiyya means sacrifice.

"Humans must have the spirit of sacrifice. All acts of worship are essentially the way for a servant get closer to Allah. The improvement of one’s life depends on his or her efforts to get closer to Allah," said Ustaz Faris BQ in a webinar held by Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Thursday (6/11/2021).

The word udhiyya comes from tadhiyya which means ‘sacrifice’. All worship in Islam is essentially the sacrifice of something to Allah.

"For example, when we wake up at night praying tahajjud, we sacrifice our sleep for Allah. When we donate or purchase sacrificial animals, it means that something is sacrificed for Allah, and every human being does that," said Ustaz Faris.

In the Qur'an Surah Al-Hajj verse 34, Allah says, “And for every [religious] community We have appointed a rite [of sacrifice]1 that they may mention the name of Allah over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. For your god is one God, so to Him submit. And, [O Muammad], give good tidings to the humble [before their Lord].”

In this verse, continued Ustaz Faris, Allah mentions that sacrifice has been prescribed for all mankind, including the ummah of the Prophet Muhammad. Here, it can be concluded that qurbani is a medium to remember and draw closer to Allah.

"So in conclusion, qurbani is worship without limits. All worship is essentially sacrificial, including qurbani. It has been practiced since the time of Prophet Adam and will continue until the end of time. It is a way to remember Allah. We remember Allah not only through prayers but also qurbani. This is the meaning of qurbani as worship without limits," he explained. []