Watch the Story of Qurbani

The story of Qurbani began before Islam. It is a tradition that comes to us from the Prophet Ibrahim (as) and his son, Ismail (as).

The story of Qurbani reminds us of the great sacrifice both prophets were willing to make for Allah (swt). It reminds us of their strength of faith and of Allah’s (swt) favor and mercy upon the believers. Watch their story and share it with your family and friends. Lets spread the wisdom of Qurbani this Eid ul-Adha.

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The Story of Qurbani

Ibrahim (as) was childless for many years before he and Hajar (as) were blessed with Ismail (as).

Ismail (as) was the first of his two sons. He was the first fruition of a promise Allah (swt) made to his Prophet many years ago, one hopeless night: that hi descendants would be as plentiful as the stars of the sky above him.

But Allah (swt) willed to test Ibrahim (as).When his son was old enough to acompany his father, Ibrahim (as) had a dream. In it he was sacrificing Ismail (as).

The prophet had this dream on three consecutive nights before he understod it to be a divine command, and not a trick of the devil.

Ibrahim (as) told his son about the dream, and Ismail’s (as) response was:

“Oh my father, do as your are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.” (37:102)

So father and son submitted to Allah’s (swt) command and set off to Mina one morning. On the way, Satan tried to trick Ismail (as) but the child’s heart was not swayed.

At Mina Prophet Ibrahim (as) held his beloved son to his breast and caressed him. Then he laid him face down, for he feared that the sight of his child’s face might cause him to lose his resolve.

But when Ibrahim (as) pressed the knife to his son’s throat, the blade would not cut. He tried again and again…at the final, breath-stopping moment, the divine command reached them.

In the Holy Qur’an it is relate as follows:

We called to him, “O Abraham, you have fulfilled the vision. Indeed, we thus reward the doers of good. Indeed, this was the clear trial.” (37:104-6)

Hearing the revelation, Ibrahim (as) stopped and looked about him. On the Horizon he saw the Angel Jibreel, flying towards them. The angel bore a magnificent ram with great horns and blackened eyes.

Allah (swt) had bestowed on the father and son, in place of Ismail’s (as) life, an awesome beast. He willed that Ibrahim (as) complete the intention of that unimaginable sacrifice with this ram instead.

And we ransomed him with a great sacrifice. And we left for him [favourable mention] among later generations. Peace be upon Abraham. (37:107-9)

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