The word sacrifice or sacrifice, comes from the Arabic qurban, meaning, approaching. According to the term, sacrifice is everything that is used to get closer to God, both in the form of animals slaughtered and others.
Qurban in Islam is not the same as the offering ceremony of other religions. Sacrificial animals are not then thrown in worship altars and left to rot, nor are they washed away in rivers or the sea. But qurban meat is enjoyed with neighbors in their respective neighborhoods or given to poor people in need. In this context, we interpret the qurban as an effort to draw closer to Allah SWT, by getting closer to our fellow humans.
The contemporary interpreter, Abdullah Yusuf Ali, explains that the sacrifice of worship has a spiritual meaning and broad social impact. Sacrifice is an expression of love, love and sympathy for those who belong to the poor. Sacrifice contains values, that we must try to defeat our own ego. "Whoever has the ability but he does not sacrifice, then he should not approach the place of our prayer." (HR. Ahmad and Ibn Majah).
Qurban is a form of solidarity and becomes an important instrument in strengthening unity, caring, tolerance and peace. Sacrifice as social worship can be a solution to help build human harmony, overcome humanitarian problems such as poverty, conflict, natural disasters, injustice, greed, inequality, and various other humanitarian problems.
Care to Each Other
Through Qurban worship, a servant is forged to have a soul of concern for others. One of the lessons of qurban is encouraging the poor and orphans. Because, not everyone can eat with meat, even though he lives in a big city.
So it is highly recommended for people who are able to sacrifice and distribute the meat from the sacrificial animals to the poor and orphans. "He (the Messenger of Allah) fed the two qurban for the poor, and he and his experts took part in eating it." (Ahmad Ahmad).
Allah SWT has promised a paradise for those who have set aside a portion of their wealth, to sacrifice with sincere intentions. The animals that we sacrifice are believed to later lead us to heaven.
"Indeed, the person who sacrifice it comes on the Day of Judgment with the horns, feathers and nails of the sacrificial animal. And indeed the blood (qurban) that flows will be faster to Allah than (that blood) falls on the surface of the earth. Purify yourself with the qurban. "(HR Tirmidzi dan Ibnu Majah)
Sacrifice worship is a means of proving the totality of the faith of a servant to God. Faith includes sincerity, which means that the sacrifice of worship performed must be purely carried out solely because of God and in order to carry out God's commands.
With qurban, it is expected to grow and hone the sincerity of a servant. If we carry out the Qurban worship, it means that we have upheld the values of monotheism as well as social values. That is, if we want our monotheism to be good, then we must also build our good relations with fellow human beings.
Because Islam is not only a religion that is always concerned with empty spirituality, but religion that interacts with social problems such as poverty, oppression, tyranny and so forth. The teachings of social monotheism also mean that Muslims must interact with various social problems and ways to overcome them. (*)
Click Donate: http://yatimmandiri.org/index.php/Welcome/donasi