Sacrifice

Sacrifice is the offering of food, objects or the lives of animals or humans to a higher purpose, in particular divine beings, as an act of propitiation or worship. While sacrifice often implies the ritual killing of an animal, the term offering can be used for bloodless sacrifices of food or artifacts.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

Every human being who obeys Allah (SWT) despite his/ her desires, will get great reward. More sufferings in the obedience of Allah will lead to more reward. 

Desires are not always good for the human being, but many sexual desires, financial desires, etc can be harmful in many situations, that is why, the wisdom says that we must keep our desires under the control of our intellect which is guided by the orders of our Creator (Allah).

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 1 year ago

Most people eat animals. In fact all of nature is about eating. If you look outside, all you see is one thing eating another thing, from the birds to the insects to the mice to the cats to the fish and everything else. Lots and lots of eating!

It is really hard to comment on the will of animals. Obviously animals have a survival instinct which makes them dislike being killed. However, most farm animals would not exist at all if people hadn't taken the effort to breed them and raise them.

What can be said is that it is allowed for people to eat animals as long as they are treated and slaughtered in the right way, although some people may choose not to.

The "sacrifice" here is about sacrificing the time, money, and effort it takes to raise an animal (or, if it is purchased, to pay for that) and then giving away a good amount of it. In times where people had very limited food options, or in places where many people don't have access to healthy food, this is a big service to other people. It is one thing to advocate being a vegetarian in a place with many food options and where you can eat a healthy diet without meat or animal products, and a different thing when not eating animals can lead to malnutrition.

(This is as opposed to some older religious traditions where sacrificing an animal for deities or other beings was said to offer things that were useful for them such as blood; the Quran clarifies that God, as pure divinity, does not receive the meat or blood but rather acknowledges the sense of sacrifice.)

Sometimes these questions come up because some people look down on Muslims for being barbaric. However I would point out that in the United States, almost everyone considers it traditional to eat a turkey on Thanksgiving, and eating it requires slaughtering it, and sometimes homeless shelters also serve turkey to those in need, yet it is rare to hear people comment on that or treat it as backwards. 

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 1 year ago

as salam alaikum

the holy Qur'an says: "We have made the sacrifical animals among the symbols appointed by Allah for you. They are of immense good for you. So in the name of Allah stand in lines. When their flanks collapse eat from them and feed him who is contented and him who begs. In these way We have made this subservient to you so that you may render thanks" (22:36).

It is correct to say that the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha includes killing the ego and obey Allah. Since the order of sacrifice has been given by Allah in this regard, Muslims around the world travel thousands of miles to reach Mecca and perform the rites of Hajj, spending their money, time and energy. 

The meat should be divided between rich and poor and this is also a noble act.

With prayers for your success.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 2 years ago

Many animals eat other animals, and many human societies have also subsisted on animals, especially in areas with limited agriculture. Animal sacrifice is not killing for the sake of killing, as one should respect the animal, but killing so that those who are in need can have food. 

Plants are also living creatures and also belong to Allah! Many people interpret the Qur'an as indicating that all beings, whether animal, plant, or stone, have some level of awareness and their own means of glorifying Allah. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 years ago

It is in fact a practice to kill our own ego through sacrificing animals which we own to feed the poor for the sake of Allah.

Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 years ago

Bismihi ta'ala

No, it is not necessary or wajib, unless one had made a vow that should they purchase a new house they will sacrifice an animal.

Otherwise, they do not need to. Of course, it is highly recommended to show gratitude to Allah ta'ala, and thankfulness, and to repel envy or evil eye, by organising a banquet (waleemah), and by sacrificing an animal and feeding people. It does not need to be a goat, but any halal animal. 

And Allah knows best