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Qurbani & The Festival of Sacrifice

Qurbani & The Festival of Sacrifice

The practice of Qurbani, which means sacrifice, has a long history within Islamic tradition. Reaching back to the time of the Prophet Ibrahim (AS), when Allah (SWT), in a dream asked him to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS), in his name. Ibrahim agreed to carry out the sacrifice, but Allah (SWT), pleased with his obedience, intervened at the last moment, swapping his son for a ram.

Eid Ul-Adha

Eid ul-Adha, The Festival of Sacrifice, is the annual celebration that recognises this act of devotion during the twelth month of the Islamic calendar, known as Dhul Hijjah. At this time, Muslim’s throughout the world, slaughter an animal – camel, cow, sheep or goat – with, traditionally, at least a third being donated to the poor or vulnerable. And the rest being equally distributed between family and neighbours.

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Ibrahim and The Story of Qurbani

It all started with a dream that was ignored. Until it could be ignored no more.

For the prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) sleep was troubled by a recurring dream in which Allah (SWT) called on him to sacrifice his only son, Ismail (AS), to him.

So great was the ask Ibrahim (AS) assumed it was the devil playing tricks with him. But the dream would not leave him alone, and he came to realise it was, in fact, a command from Allah (SWT), that could not be put aside.

Although he loved his son dearly, and the thought of what he must do hung heavy in his heart, Ibrahim loved, and believed in the word of his Lord, and so took Ismail (AS) to Mount Arafat to carry out the command.

When there he explained to Ismail (AS) what had been asked of him by Allah (SWT). These were difficult words to hear for one so young, yet, being a believer, and obedient son, Ismail (AS) consented, asking only that his hands and legs be bound to stop him struggling, and that his father blindfold himself so he does not have to witness him suffering.

Binding his son, as asked, Ibrahim (AS) brought forth his sharpened knife, and with it, carried out his difficult task. When all was quiet and still he removed the blindfold to find a dead ram before him. Not his son. For Ismail (AS) was by his side, his Creator having rewarded him for his devotion, and swapped his son with a ram.


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