The Qurban is the sacrifice of a livestock animal (sheep/goat, cow and camel) during Eidul Adha. It is the sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim 'alayhissalam (peace be upon him). It is a means of getting closer to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He). It is performed on the days of sacrifice, which is the 10th, 11th and 12th of Dzul Hijjah. One may sacrifice a thousand animals on days other than these, but it will never be regarded as Qurban. Therefore the Qurban is a sacred act, which can only be done during the three days of Dzul Hijjah as specified, known also as the days of Tasyriq.
Regarding the Qurban, Allah says in the Qur’an (which means):
“It is not their meat, nor their blood, that reaches Allah, it is their piety that reaches Allah.”
`Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) reports that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The son of Adam does not perform any actions on the day of sacrifice which is more pleasing to Allah than the shedding of blood. He will come on the day of resurrection with its hair, horns and hooves, and the blood certainly will fall in a place near Allah before it falls on the ground. So, make yourselves purified there with.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
Zaid bin Arkam reports that the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) asked him, “O Messenger of Allah, what is this sacrifice?” He said, “It is the way of your forefather Ibrahim.” 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 Messenger of Allah?” He (peace and blessings be upon him) replied: “There is one reward for every strand of wool.” (Ahmad, Ibn Majah)
For those who will be performing the Qurban, may the Qurban be accepted and may the act of sacrifice make us closer to Allah, Amin.
From all of us at MIRROR, Eid Mubarak!