The title of this post matches the lyric of P. Ramlee’s song that often lingers in our minds when we are asked to talk about the true meaning or nature of sacrifice.
In the song, the word ‘sacrifice’ is associated with the sacrifice or compromises one makes for the sake of deep love, affection, and attachment toward someone. When we are bounded by affection, we are willing to compromise or sacrifice to some extent for the sake of the loved one’s happiness and comfort. This is part of human nature.
Islam also demands us to do the same. A Muslim is supposed to hold the highest level of love for Allah SWT. So what kind of sacrifice could we be willing to make for our Creator?
The word ‘korban’ or sacrifice in the original Quranic language is derived from the Arabic root word, ‘qarraba’, which means ‘near’. The term carries the meaning of slaughtering livestock as an approach to draw one’s heart closer to Allah SWT.
Sacrifice was a common phenomenon even before the time of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. In fact, it has been a part of religious preachings since the time of Prophet Adam AS. Sacrificing or slaughtering livestock for the sake of Allah SWT is a symbol and gesture of obedience to Him. The act expresses a deep sense of gratitude for the blessings of life that Allah SWT has bestowed upon us.
“And for every Ummah, we have prescribed slaughter (sacrifice) so that they mention the name of Allah SWT for the sustenance that Allah has bestowed on them in the form of livestock.” (Surah Al-Hajj, Ayat 34)
Similarly, giving donations and charity to those in need is also a form of sacrifice. When we part ways with a portion of our wealth for the sake of attaining Allah’s blessings, we are making a materialistic sacrifice for the greater good.
Sacrifices are only accepted by Allah by those who are truly sincere in carrying out the act. When it comes to charity, the more secretive you are about it, the more reward you get.
Automating your donations to the Malay Muslim community via GivingFridays will not only make it very convenient for you to fulfill this obligation but also prevent you from adding an element of arrogance to the noble act.