The central theme of Eid-ul-Adha is submission to the Will of Allah Ta'ala and sacrificing everything for His pleasure. Ibrahim (AS) exemplified this spirit of submission and sacrifice in the best possible manner. When confronted with the challenge of love and allegiance, he chose to submit unconditionally to Allah Ta'ala and suppressed his personal desire and love for his family and child.
Hence, sacrificing an animal on Eid-ul-Adha is an act that symbolizes this philosophy and gives one the opportunity to reflect on one's level of Iman and endeavor to emulate the Noble Prophets (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).
Qurbani calls for the slaughter of one's innate desires by placing the knife of courage and resistance on the egoistic traits that lurk within every human. It calls for the annihilation of hatred, jealousy, pride, greed, animosity, love for the world and other such maladies of the heart. Qurbani is a reaffirmation of the pledge:
“Verily my prayer, my sacrifices, my life and my death are solely for Allah; the Rabb of the worlds.”
Allah Knows Best
Darul Ihsan Fatwa Dept