THE DAILY ISLAMIC REMINDERS
According to the Prophet sallallahu Alaihi wasallam, the best animals to use if you can afford are: camels, then cows, if sacrificed on behalf of one person; then sheep; then goats; then one-seventh of a camel; then one-seventh of a cow. The best type of animals are those which are fat and have more meat, and are physically complete and good looking.
Today, the same animal – or a sheep, cow or camel, depending on the region – is sacrificed in memory of the story. The Qu'ran quotes the Prophet Muhammad as saying: “On the 10th of al-Hijjah, there is no better act in the view of Allah than shedding the blood. Hence you should offer it in good spirit."
In Saheeh al-Bukhaari it is narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may ALLAAH be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him) used to sacrifice two horned rams that were white speckled with black.
It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may ALLAAH be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of ALLAAH be upon him) sacrificed a whole (i.e., not castrated), horned male sheep, with a black face and black (circles) round the eyes, and black legs. This was narrated by the four. Al-Tirmidhi said, it is hasan saheeh; it was also classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 2796. Please note that Dhul Hijja starts tomorrow as such those who can fast should start to fast from tomorrow as many days as possible till the Arafah day. Those sacrificing should avoid shaving/cutting nails from tomorrow.
May ALLAH keep guiding us all and grant us the blessings of these 10 days ahead of us_Aameen.
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