Growing up in Trinidad, with lots of East Indian context to Islam, we all talked about qurbani. So the question posed in the interactive discourse on the Virtues of Hajj (see previous post) was: “What does qurbani mean?” I stopped my hand from shooting up, because, usually, when a question seems easy to answer, there is usually a twist. (Confession: I really thought it meant sacrifice in urdu or hindi and I may not be wrong).
Qurbani comes from ‘qurb’. Meaning ‘to near, to approach, to draw near’. Huh? What does that have to do with udhiya/sacrifice on Eid ul Adha?
Sura 22 Ayah 37:
“It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him.”
The real aim of sacrificing an animal is to fulfill the order of Allah swt and show that one fears Allah swt and to attain Allah’s consent and to wish to approach Him. A person who sacrifices an animal approaches Allah and attains His consent through it.