In the heart of Saudi Arabia, a religious ritual is evident that expresses closeness to God and noble sacrifice. It is the sacrifice, that worship in which Muslims throughout the kingdom participate.

The sacrifice is one of the rituals of Islam, by which Muslims draw closer to God by offering slaughtered animals, from the first days of Eid al-Adha until the last days of al-Tashreeq, and it is one of the legitimate and unanimous rituals.


The sacrifice is what a Muslim slaughters of animals on the days of Eid al-Adha, and it is one of the legitimate rituals of Islam on which Muslims are unanimously agreed. And it was said about the reason for naming it after the time of the forenoon, because it is the legitimate time for the beginning of the sacrifice.

  • The sacrifice is defined in the language: “a name for what is sacrificed, or for what is slaughtered on the days of Eid al-Adha, and the sacrifices are collected.”
  • And it is defined in Sharia or in jurisprudence: “It is the slaughter of a specific animal with the intention of drawing closer to God Almighty at a specific time, or it is what is slaughtered from among the cattle during the days of Al-Adha until the last days of Tashreeq in order to draw closer to God.”


The origin of the sacrifice was stated in the Holy Qur’an, which is that Abraham saw in a dream a vision that he was slaughtering his son Ishmael, so he consulted him and Ismail agreed because the vision of the prophets is true and must be implemented, and when Abraham threw his son on his face to slaughter him and Abraham called out from God: {O Abraham, 104 you have fulfilled the dream} [Al-Saffat : 104-105] And the slaughter was replaced by a ram, which Muslim scholars described as “a white ram, with eyes, horns, which he saw tied to a tan in Thabeer.” And from this ram that was revealed to Abraham to slaughter him, it was prescribed to slaughter the sacrificial animal on the day of Eid al-Adha among Muslims.

The legality of the sacrifice:

It is a confirmed Sunnah according to all sects of Ahl al-Sunnah and the Fiqh community. Muslim scholars are unanimous in the legitimacy of the sacrifice, and that it has a great status and importance in Islam, and there are verses and hadiths concerning it that indicate its legitimacy and great status in the Islamic religion, as it brings them closer to God, and expands on one another. The poor and the needy dispense with asking and asking on the day of the feast.

Terms of sacrifice:

The sacrifice has several conditions that must be fulfilled, namely :

  • The first of the conditions agreed upon is that the sacrifice be from the animal of the cattle; And the cattle are: camels, cows and sheep.
  • Age is required for the sacrifice, as camels are less than five years old, cows are two years old, lamb is sufficient for a stump, which is six months old, and goats are less than 1 year old, and it is not permissible to sacrifice a stump from a goat.
  • It is required that it be safe and that it be free of defects. The defects are of three types. A section was reported by the Messenger and it was reported that they are indivisible. A section of them is disliked with parts, and a third section is a defect that is forgiven, and if it is not found in the sacrifice, then it is better.

And the four defects that are indivisible are the lame, the one-eyed, the sick, and the emaciated. And the hadeeth on the authority of Al-Bara’ bin Azib said: “The Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, was asked what to beware of from the victims, so he indicated with his hand and said: Al-Bara' used to point with his hand and say, "My hand is shorter than the hand of the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace." And the one-eyed woman whose one-eyed is clear, and the sick whose disease is clear, and the lean that cannot be purified.”

  • And that the sacrifice is the property of the one who sacrificed, and that no right is related to it.
  • And to sacrifice it at the prescribed time and intention.

Slaughter time :

It is from after the Eid prayer on the Day of Sacrifice until sunset on the last day of the days of al-Tashreeq, which is the thirteenth day of Dhul-Hijjah, so the days of slaughter are four: the day of Eid after the prayer, and three days after it, so whoever slaughters before the end of the Eid prayer, or after sunset on the third day His sacrifice was not valid, but if he had an excuse for being late for the days of al-Tashreeq, such as if the sacrifice ran away without any negligence on his part and he did not find it until after the time had passed, or he appointed someone to slaughter it and the representative forgot until the time passed, then there is nothing wrong with slaughtering it after the time has passed for an excuse and it is permissible to slaughter the sacrifice on time. day and night, and slaughtering during the day is better, and the day of Eid after the two sermons is better, and every day is better than the one that follows it; Because of the initiative to do good.

In the end, we congratulate everyone who performed the ritual of sacrifice, as he brought himself closer to God and expressed the noble spirit of sacrifice. We wish everyone Eid Al-Adha Mubarak and every year and you are well.