Why Do We Perform Qurbani?
The act of Qurbani that we carry out today is a direct reflection of the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
It is narrated that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) had a recurring dream where he was required to climb Mount Arafat and sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail (AS) in accordance with the wishes of Allah (SWT). The two journeyed to Mount Arafat, where Prophet Ibrahim (AS) told Ismail (AS) about his dreams. Ismail (AS) immediately recognised the importance of following Allah’s (SWT) request and told Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to blindfold himself so he wouldn’t have to see his son suffer.
Without further ado, Prophet Ibrahim (AS) tied the blindfold over his eyes and carried out the deed. However, upon removing his blindfold, it was clear that a divine miracle had occurred. Ismail (AS) was standing unharmed next to his father, while the dead body of a ram was lying in the place of Ismail (AS).
Because Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was prepared to commit the ultimate sacrifice of his beloved son in the name of his Creator, Allah (SWT) spared Ismail’s (AS) life as Prophet Ibrahim (AS) passed the test laid out before him.
Every year that has passed since then, Muslims around the world have performed the act of Qurbani to remember Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) sacrifice. Performing Qurbani teaches us about the importance of devotion and obedience to our Creator while reminding us that Eid ul-Adha is much more than just a simple celebration.