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English translation of a brilliant short lecture on Eid ul Adha by Hazrathji Maulana Sa’ad. What really is sacrifice? [Part 3 of 3]

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As salaamu wa alay kum,

Continued from here

The translation continues here:

Therefore, if you have to give the qurbani tomorrow then at-least buy the animal that many days before during which you’d be able to develop attachment, love towards it. And only then you sacrifice it. Because the Quran says:

لَنۡ تَنَالُوا الۡبِرَّ حَتّٰى تُنۡفِقُوۡا مِمَّا تُحِبُّوۡنَ

“You shall never attain righteousness unless you spend from what you love.”

[3:92]

[Taqi Usmani]

So my dear friends and elders! The thing is because we do not believe in the rewards that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has promised us nor have knowledge of the rewards that we’d gain through worship, nor care to reflect back on our deeds…lots and lots of changes have creeped into our worship, yes, lots of changes have creeped into our worship, ritualistic behavior has creeped in, yes, ritualistic behavior.

Like people perform rituals, we are performing the commands [ahkaam] of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala!

My dear friends and elders, without belief in promises of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala,  there is NO reward, yes, without knowledge and belief in the rewards that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has promised us for the performance of a deed, without reflecting on our worship,  there are no rewards.

Hazrat Umar [ra] used to say:

“لا أَجْرَ لِمَنْ لا حِسْبَةَ لَهُ”

“Without belief in the rewards that Allah has promised us on the performance of good deeds,

there is no reward”

[Refer A1]

It comes in the traditions that the Last Prophet [peace be upon him] said:

“Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die.”  [Ibn Majah]

Its reported from Hazrath Ayesha [may Allah be pleased with her] that the Last prophet, Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] said: “The most desired deed that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala loves is Qurbani, flowing of blood through the deed of sacrifice, there is no other deed more desired deed than this for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala”. 

And on the day of judgement, this same sacrificial animal with its horns, its hairs, etc will appear before us in the same way it was sacrificed…so, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has promised rewards over this. See! [Refer A2]

Before even the blood of the sacrificial animal falls to the ground, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala forgives the sins of the one who gives the sacrifice and such a person in return gets thawab for each and every single hair of the sacrificial animal.

The Companions [Sahabah] [may Allah be pleased with them] once asked the Last Prophet [peace be upon him]: “O Prophet of Allah! What really is Qurbani?”, the Prophet [peace be upon him] replied: “It is the sunnah [practice] of your father, Prophet Ibrahim [peace be upon him], then the Sahabah asked “What are the rewards in it for us?”, the Prophet [peace be upon him] replied: “There is a reward for every hair of the sacrificial animal”, Sahabah then asked: “One reward for each animal in the whole group??”, the Last Prophet [peace be upon him] replied” “No, No! Rewards for each and every single hair on the body of each sacrificial animal !! Not just one reward for one animal”. [Refer A3]

Yes. Not just one reward for one animal but reward for each and every single hair of the animal.          

The Last Prophet [peace be upon him] told Hazrath Fathima [daughter of the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with her]: “O Fathima, Stand up towards your Qurbani and give your qurbani yourself because even before the blood of the sacrificial animal falls to the ground, all your past sins will be forgiven”.

The Sahabah [ra] asked “Is this superiority [of a reward for each and every single hair on the body of the sacrificial animal] exclusively to you, your family and us or for everyone?”. The Prophet [peace be upon him replied] “No! This reward is for each and every single Muslim.”

“Who all? Each and every single Muslim”.

And then the Prophet [peace be upon him] said: “O Fathima!, On the day of Judgement, the meat of the sacrificial animal will be weighed on your scales and Allah subhanahu wa ta’la will increase its weight on to 70 times its original!!”.

Yes, 70 times! [Refer A4]

So if you want Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to increase that reward and if you want more and more of that, then here in this world, buy a weighty sacrificial animal not a frail, weak animal which looks as if its about to die.

No my friends and elders! Have belief and knowledge of the reward that you would gain of performance of every deed you may perform, reflect upon every deed you perform, having knowledge and belief in the rewards that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has promised upon each and every deed that you are doing or that which you wish to do, by doing this there shall be progress in your deeds.

The Last Prophet, Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] once said: “That whosoever performs sacrifice with the depths of his heart hoping to get rewarded for his sacrifice, then his sacrifice would act as a curtain between him and Jahannum and his sacrifice will act as a barricade between him and Jahannum. [Refer A5]

The Last Prophet, Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] once said: “That whosoever is capable of performing Qurbani but he does not perform, then such a person should not come close to my eidgah [place where the Eid salah is offered]. [Refer A6]

It comes in one of the traditions, the Last Prophet, Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] said: “That whosoever sells the skin of the sacrificial animal, [Translator note: referring to the person’s own sacrificial animal that he has sacrificed] meaning he has performed the sacrifice, sells the skin in exchange for money then let that person know that he won’t be rewarded for such kind of sacrifice, such a person won’t get any reward for such a kind of sacrifice”. [Refer A7]

Therefore my dear friends and elders! Qurbani needs to be done with fondness and from the depths of your heart and remember, this night is a night of worship, tomorrow morning, be done with your necessities quickly, after salah there will be a speech, and after the speech, quickly finish up with your requirements, then there will be talk of guidance for those who will be returning to their homes, and Allah willing, the Eid ul Adha will be prayed at 9 AM…

[Translator note: Its obvious here that Hazratji Maulana Sa’ad (damath baraka tuhum) is giving this lecture on the eve of Eid ul Adha].

End of speech. Translation completed.

Hadith referenced:

A1. 

[رقم الحديث: 151

(حديث مرفوع) أَخْبَرَنَا بَقِيَّةُ بْنُ وَلِيدٍ , قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ ثَابِتَ بْنَ عَجْلانَ , يَقُولُ : سَمِعْتُ الْقَاسِمَ أَبَا عَبْدَ الرَّحْمَنِ , يَقُولُ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ” لا أَجْرَ لِمَنْ لا حِسْبَةَ لَهُ ” ]

[Source of the above Hadith]

A2. [Translator note: Here is the full hadith: Ayesha Radhiailohu ‘anha narrates that Rasullullah Sallallohu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Man does not do any deed on the day of sacrifice that is more beloved to Allah than causing blood to flow from the sacrificial animal. The animal will come on the day of resurrection with its horns, hair and hooves. The blood is accepted by Allah before it can fall to the ground You should therefore carry this out wholeheartedly.”

(Tirmidhi 1498, [Ibn e Majah 3126)]

A3. [Translator note: Here is the full hadith: Zayd ibn Arqam Radhiallohu ‘anhu narrates: The companions of Rasullullah Sallallohu Alaihi Wasallam asked: “What are these sacrificial animals. Oh Rasullullah?” He said: “It is the way of your father, Ibrahim Alaihi Salaam.” They asked: “What is there for us. O Rasullullah?” He said: “One good deed for every hair.” They asked: “What about wool?” He said: “One good deed for every fibre of wool.”
(Ibn Majah, Ahmad)]

 A4.  [Translator note: Here are the full Hadiths:

a) Sayyiduna Zayd ibn Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Companions asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah! What is Udhiya?’ He replied, ‘It is the Sunna of your father Ibrahim (peace be upon him).’ They asked again, ‘What benefit do we get from it?’ He answered, ‘A reward for every hair (of the sacrificed animal).’ They asked ‘And [what reward is there for animals with] wool, O Messenger of Allah?’ He replied, ‘A reward for every fiber of the wool.’ (Sunan Ibn Majah).

b) Sayyiduna Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Rasullullah (peace be upon him) said: “O Fatima! Come and witness your sacrificial animal being slaughtered for surely, by the first drop of blood that lands on the ground, there will be forgiveness for you for every sin. Listen! It will be brought with its blood and flesh. It will then be placed in your scale of deeds multiplied by 70 times.” Abu Sa’id (may Allah be pleased with him) asked: “O Rasullullah! Is this reward specifically for the family of Muhammad (peace be upon him) for they are worthy of having good set aside specifically for them, or is it for the family of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Muslims in general?The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “It is for the family of Muhammad and the Muslims in general.” (Hakim)] 

A5. [Translator note: Here is the full hadith: Hasan ibn Ali Radhiallohu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah Sallallohu Alaihi Wasallam said: “He who sacrifices wholeheartedly and expects a reward for his sacrifice, it will be a barrier for him from the hell-fire” (Tabrani)]

A6. [Translator note: Here is the full hadith: Hazrat Abu Hurairah may Allah be pleased with him reports that the Apostle of Allah peace and blessings be upon him has said : “Whoever has the capacity to sacrifice and does not do so, should not come to the place where the Eid prayer is offered.” (Ibn Majah)]

A7. [Translator note: Here is the full hadith: Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Whosoever sells the skin of his ritually slaughtered animal (udhiya or qurbani), he has no (reward for his) sacrifice.” (Mustadrak of al-Hakim, p: 685 & Sunan al-Bayhaqi)].

Corrections if any are welcome. Any error is completely my mistake and all good is only from Allah subhanatahu wa ta’ala. 

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