The meaning of sacrifice

New Age Youth | Published: 00:00, Aug 26,2018


Eid-ul-Adha comes with the sacred message of sacrifice and how we should fathom the value of sacrificing the things most dearest to us. New Age Youth asked students about how they perceive the notion of sacrificing in the context of this religious festival.

Sabree Saberin Ava

University of Asia Pacific

Eid-ul-Adha is called the ‘Festival of Sacrifice.’ It honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah's command but Allah provided a ram to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed in Eid-ul-Adha.

Now what is the ‘sacrifice’ actually? The symbolism is in the attitude – a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the right path, giving up the things that are fun or important to us, giving up the anger, fury and envy dwelling within us. All of our sins wash away with the blood of the sacrificed animal. Eid-ul-Adha helps us to strengthen the knots of friendship and teaches us to help those who are in need. It also teaches us that we should open our hearts and share with others.

Adrita Roy

SOS Hermann Gmeiner College

Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with pure intentions. To me, on the note of Eid-ul-Adha, sacrifice means the sacrifice of all the evils from inside our heart and mind, sacrifice means the offering of our purity to the Almighty, sacrifice means the sacrifice of all differences between human beings. In Islam, there is a ritual saying that we must sacrifice the most dearly thing of us with pure heart to the Almighty to bring peace and purity on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. According to our Hinduism, sacrifice means the offering of our purity to the Almighty, the sacrifice of our inner darkness, the sacrifice of all the results of our deeds. I may be of different religion, but I like to know more about different types of rituals of different religions. So I interact with different Muslims to know the meanings of sacrifices on Eid-ul-Adha and I realised that this Eid has a very important meaning to the followers of Islam. I feel like there’s a little difference in the meaning of sacrifices in various religions. Almost every religion teaches us to be pure and to sacrifice our inner demons to the Almighty.

Md. Tarek Aziz Bappi

University of Dhaka

To me, sacrifice means such kind of audacity which only could be done by the great hearts. There are many who are unable to sacrifice in spite of their ability.

In the context of Eid-ul-Adha, by the word sacrifice I understand the real sacrifice of the beast within us through sacrificing the dearest thing to us. The ultimate goal of this sacrifice should be the satisfaction of Allah. Feeding the humane notions of empathy, cooperation and coexistence should be the learning of this sacrifice. Let Eid-ul-Adha remind us the boldest sacrifice of prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) and Ismail (pbuh). We should keep in mind that Eid-ul-Adha is actually a commemoration of a historically unprecedented sacrifice.

Afraim Zahangir

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

Eid-ul-Adha, the eid of sacrifice. We all know that during this time we sacrifice an animal in the name of Allah. Sacrifice, to me, has a different meaning. As the culture of Eid-ul-Adha began from Hazrat Ibrahim (As) willing to sacrifice his beloved son in the name of Allah, he taught us that nothing is more valuable in this world than the acceptance of Allah Shubhanawa Ta'ala. Sacrifice in this sense means to let go of anything that disteact us from our true goal no matter how valuable or precious it is. Our goal as a Muslim, to get the hidayat from our lord Allah. Beside that, our goal as a human, to serve humanity. Our goal as students currently, to become someone who will lead the nation to a bright future. We need to "sacrifice" our own personal comfort, satisfaction, greed, lust etc for the goal that we want and need to achieve. From the sacrifice of the animal in Eid-ul-Adha and the distribution of the meat we sacrifice our greed of money and food, we let go of our arrogant pride and we as Muslims stand by each other. To me, Eid-ul-Adha is not the sacrifice of  ‘an animal’ rather it is the sacrifice of the evil inside us to get the acceptance of Allah.


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