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 Allah Almighty says:

"ذَٰلِكَ وَمَن يُعَظِّمْ شَعَائِرَ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّهَا مِن تَقْوَى الْقُلُوبِ" (الحج: 32)

Translation: "That [is so]. And whoever honors the symbols of Allah - indeed, it is from the piety of hearts" (22:32)

Rites of God, including His orders and obligations, whether practical or ideological, must be honored. Hajj and his practices, in particular, have a specific honor as stated by some Scholars of Tafsir. Respecting and honoring the rituals of Hajj are a duty upon every Muslim.

 

Rites of God are: the apparent indicative features of his religion.

Allah almighty has made clear features and signs indicating this religion, some of which are spatial and some are temporal. In this regard, Hajj includes spatial and temporal features. It]t has specific places, time and rituals.

 

Honoring the practice of sacrifice

It is important to recognize that the sacrifice is one of the God's rituals, as well as being a visible sign associated with our ideological history. It dates back to the story of Ismail peace be upon him, When Allah send a ram to sacrifice in Ismail's stead. It carries the value of their surrender, and trust in Allah.

As this sacred practice is linked to the unification of Allah. i.e. there is no sacrifice except for God only, seeking his pleasure.

Allah Almighty says:

"لَن يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَٰكِن يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَىٰ مِنكُمْ كَذَٰلِكَ سَخَّرَهَا لَكُمْ لِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ" (الحج: 37)

"Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you" (22:37)

Be wary of sarcasm

As Eid al-Adha approaches, it is common to exchange jokes and caricatures about the "Eid sheep" through social media. Many of which show that the sheep is trying to escape or that he is saying words of sadness, and other ironies that are inappropriate for such a great sacred rite of our religion.

It is remarkable in social media, the spread of strange ideas linking the practice of sacrifice to violence, ignoring the guidance of Islam in slaughter, as if they do not eat meat, nor fruits, which are also living things!

Attempting to gain fame and followers, some people write odd comments on social media. They exchange images of sacrifices with ridiculous phrases, although the writer, photographer and commentators eat meat mostly. Did they forget how the flesh of the various animals they ate, as well as the plants, came to their dishes and then to their intestines? Do they think that, when they enter the best restaurants to order these meals, that these animals were born in the kitchen above the dish, or that they are not tied to that deplorable animal as they consider it.

If their problem is the slaughter, and they think that for example, the electric shocks are the best way to kill animals, although it has been scientifically proved that this way is wrong, they must remain hungry and count their remaining days in life without food.

The guidance of Islam in slaughter

The Prophet peace be upon him said:

'Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, has decreed proficiency in all things, so when you kill, kill well, and when you slaughter, slaughter well. Let one of you sharpen his blade and spare suffering to the animal he slaughters" (Sahih)

It is not permissible to cut off any part of the animal before slaughter. It also must not be punished, nor slaughtered with a sharp blade. The blade of the knife must not be sharpened in front of the animal, nor the animal must be slaughtered in front of another animal.

When slaughtering, the Muslim must remember the surrender of Abraham and Ishmael peace be upon them, and be sure that the Lord of the worlds and Creator of creations is the one who created these animals for humans, and that feeding the poor is one of the purposes of the sacrifice, The Prophet peace be upon him said:

On the Day of judgement, it will appear with its horns, and hair, and hooves, and indeed the blood will be accepted by Allah from where it is received before it even falls upon earth, so let your heart delight in it." (Da'if)

 

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