Qurbaan – Journey of the Sacrificed

Eid-ul-Adha is the Festival of the Sacrifice to honor the Taqwa &  willingness of Ibrahim(AS) to sacrifice his son Ismail(AS) to obey the command of Allah(SWT).

Allah(SWT) says in Holy Qur’an, “It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all who do right.” (Surah Al-Hajj: 37)

In Bangladesh, Muslim people sacrifice animal according to their financial ability which includes cattle, goat or sheep.

These chosen animals pass through the process of sacrifice in a systematic manner.

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After being bought from cattle market, the animal is taken to the house of the buyer willing to perform the sacrifice.

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The animal is fed and well cared before the day of Eid.

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The last meals enjoyed by the animals are good in both quality and quantity.

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In the day of Sacrifice, rope is being untied to take the animal under open sky.

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Perhaps the animals do understand that their time is reaching to an end…

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It is customary to give the animal a bath before the ritual.

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After the bath, the animal is ready for the sacrificing ritual.

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Butcher’s tools are thoroughly cleaned and sharpened for the awaited tasks.

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The legs of the animal are tied down properly so that the sacrifice can be performed swiftly.

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The body is kept still to ensure the least painful departure of the sacrificed animal.

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Then the skinning process starts.

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The tools required to process the meat are also prepared with care.

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The severed segments are brought inside for further processing.

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Teen boys often volunteer to keep flies and insects away from the meat.

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After the processing is complete, the meat is distributed according to the law of Kurbaani ( Sacrifice). One third for the poor & deprived, One third for the relatives-friends-acquaintances and one third for own.

Thus ends the holy ritual of sacrifice to The Almighty.

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