Sayyidatuna Aa’ishah Radiyallaahu Ta’ala Anha narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said: “There is nothing dearer to Allah Ta’ala during the days of Qurbaani than sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgment with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah Ta’ala even before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart.” (Tirmidhi)

Hadrat Umm Salama Radiyallaahu Ta'ala Anha reported (these words) directly from Allah's Messenger Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam: If anyone has in his possession a sacrificial animal to offer as a sacrifice (on Eidul-Adha), he should not get his hair cut and nails trimmed after he has entered the first days of Dhu'l Hijja. (Muslim)  

Hadrat Anas Radiyallaahu Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam sacrificed with his own hands, two white rams with black markings. He took the name of Allah and recited ‘Takbir’. Hadrat Anas Radiyallaahu Anhu states that he saw him putting his foot upon their buttocks and saying: "In the name of Allah. And Allah is the greatest".(Saheeh Bukhari and Muslim)

Note: We learn from this Hadeeth that one should try to make sacrifice with his own hands. If the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam could do the sacrifice by his own blessed hands at the age of sixty, why can’t our young generation follow in his footsteps? If one cannot do so, he should at least be present at the time of slaughter.

Hadrat Jabir Radiyallaahu Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam slaughtered on the day of sacrifice two horned, white and black castrated rams. When he faced them towards the Qibla, he said: "Verily I turn my face towards the One who created the heavens and the earth, upon the religion of Ebrahim Alaihis Sallaam, being upright, and I am not one of the polytheists. Verily my prayer, my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds. There is no partner with him and I have been ordered that, and I am one of the Muslims. O Allah, it is Thine and for Thee, from Muhammad (S.A.W.) and his Ummah: In the name of Allah. Allah is the greatest". He then slaughtered the rams.(Ahmed, Abu Dawood, Ibni Maajah)

Hadrat Zaid bin Arkam Radiyallaahu Anhu reports that the Companions of Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam asked him: " O Rasulullah, what is this sacrifice?" He said: "It is the way of your fore father Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam." They asked: what (reward) is for us therein?" He replied: "There is a reward for every hair (i.e. the reward for meat and useful parts of the animal’s body will be very lofty in merit, but there will also be a great reward for the parts which are useless and thrown away such as the hair)."

They asked: "For the wool, O Rasulullah?" He replied: "There is one reward for every strand of wool."(Ahmed, Ibni Maajah)

It is strongly recommended to spend these days (especially the Day of Arafah) in the performance of worship like fasting, recitation of the Qur’aan, extra salaah, dhikr, Sadaqah etc. Below are some ahadeeth and ayats regarding the merits of these days and various ways to make use of them.

Abu Hurairah relates that the Messenger of Allah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa sallam said, "There are no days more beloved to Allah Ta’ala for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Fasting any day during it (i.e the ten days of Dhul Hijjah) is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer salatul tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power. [i.e. Lailatul Qadr]." [Tirmidhi]

Abu Qatadah reported that the Messenger of Allah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa sallam said, "Fasting on the day of 'Arafah is an expiation for two years of sin, the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of 'Ashurah is an expiation of sin for the year preceding it." [This  is related by "the group," except for al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]

The Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa sallam commanded us to recite in abundance a Tasbeeh (Subhanallah),Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah) and  Takbeer (Allahuakbar) during these days.
'Abdullaah ibn 'Umar Radiyallaahu Anhuma reported that the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said: "There are no days  greater in the sight of Allah Ta’ala and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (La ilaaha ill-Allah), Takbeer and Tahmeed." (Ahmad).

Ibn 'Abbaas Radiyallaahu Anhu also reported that the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa sallam said: "There is no deed more precious in the sight of Allah Ta’ala, nor greater in reward, than a good deed done during the ten days of Sacrifice." He was asked, "Not even jihaad for the sake of Allah Ta’ala?" He  said, "Not even jihaad for the sake of Allah Ta’ala, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing." (Daarimi).

In the Qur’aan with regards to the ten days (nights) of Dhul Hijjah, Allah Ta’ala says:


"By the dawn; by the ten nights" (Suratul Fajr, verses:1-2) Concerning this Ayah, most scholars have said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhu'l-Hijjah. The fact that Allah Ta’ala takes an oath on these ten days(nights) gives them esteem and ranking in His sight like all other things that He takes an oath by in the Qur’aan.


If one has been favoured by Allah Ta’ala with wealth, then he should also perform Qurbani on behalf of Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, his Sahabah, his Ummah, the Prophets and for his own living or deceased relatives, friends and teachers who have conveyed Deeni knowledge.
One should always remember and never overlook our beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wa sallam) and perform Qurbani on his behalf. Aboo Talhah Radhiyallahu anhu has related that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam sacrificed one ram and while sacrificing the other he said, "This is on behalf of every one of my Ummah who believed in me and testified (to my prophethood)." (Tabrani)

When our beloved Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa sallam remembered his ummah in his Qurbaani it would be a matter of great sadness if we forget him in our Qurbaani. After all the gift of Imaan that we possess today is only on account of his great many sacrifices. Qurbaani in his name is the least we can do to repay this great favour!



The Ibaadah of Qurbaani is among the Shi’aar (distinguishing features) of Islam. Such importance has been accorded to Qurbaani that a severe warning was issued to those who shirk in performing it despite having the means.  It is reported from Hadrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallaahu Anhu that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said:

“He who has the means and does not perform Qurbaani, he should not approach our musallah (eid gah/place of performing Eid Salaah)” ( Ibni Maajah).

 This Hadeeth clearly describes the great importance that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam attached to Qurbaani.  We can truly appreciate the full impact of this Hadeeth if we ponder for a moment what a tremendous blessing it was to perform a single Salaah behind Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam. Here Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam is prohibiting the person who failed to perform Qurbaani, despite having the means, from performing the Eid Salaah behind him. This, then, illustrates the tremendous importance of Qurbaani in Islam and the reprehensible position of those who ignore this injunction. Hence no true Muslim who has the means will ever omit performing the Qurbaani deliberately.

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