PERFORMING SACRIFICE (HADEETH # 32 – 33)
Reported S. ‘A’isha (may Allah be well pleased with her) : Allah’s Messenger () commanded that a ram with black legs, black belly and black (circles) round the eyes should be brought to him, so that he should sacrifice it. He said to ‘A’isha: Give me the large knife, and then said: Sharpen it on a stone. She did that. He then took it (the knife) and then the ram; he placed it on the ground and then sacrificed it, saying: Bismillah, Allah-humma Taqabbal min Mohammedin wa Al-i-Mohammedin, wa min Ummati Mohammedin (In the name of Allah,” O Allah, accept on behalf of Mohammed and the family of Mohammed and the Umma of Mohammed”). (Muslim)
The Holy Prophet () slaughtered 100 sheep during his farewell Hajj and made intention for himself and all those (alive, deceased and to come) who bring faith on his Holy Prophet hood. (Nasbur Raaya, Allama Zailee)
The evidence here is that the Holy Prophet () sacrificed animals and donated its reward to his entire Ummah – which includes both the living and the dead – i.e. all those who existed in his time and to all those who were to come after him, until the last day.
Hazrat Hanash (may Allah be well pleased with him) said: I saw Ali (may Allah be well pleased with him) sacrificing two rams; so I asked him: What is this ?? He replied. The Apostle of Allah () enjoined upon me to sacrifice on his behalf, so that is what I am doing. (Abu Daud)
Whilst most Muslims do offer sacrifice for themselves, their relatives (alive and deceased) etc., they should also remember the above Hadeeth, and offer a sacrifice on behalf of the Holy Prophet (). May Allah grant us Tawfeeq – A’ameen.