Some Benefits Of Qurbani
If ‘Bismillah Allahu Akbar’ is recited while sacrificing the animals, the meat becomes Halal to consume. By slitting the throat, dirty blood of the animals’ flow out, making it clean.
With Qurbani there is a feast for servants of Allah (s.w.t). There is a devotion in the cause of Allah (s.w.t) in performing Qurbani. It is a way of showing gratitude to the many blessings Allah (s.w.t) has given us, to get closer to Allah, gain rewards and it also acts as a barrier against troubles.
Around the world, hundreds and thousands of animals are slaughtered each and every day. But only those who have the wealth and means can benefit from this. With the Qurbani, the poor and needy can also benefit from its meat and hide. Instead of individual benefit, the benefit of the community takes priority.
By sacrificing Qurbani, the number of animals slaughtered will not increase greatly. Because there will be many people performing Qurbani, many butchers will not slaughter animals to sell their meat due to the fact that people have their own.
It is not a fair judgement for people to criticise the sacrificing of animals once a year for the sake of Allah and be content with the slaughtering of many more animals every day for the pleasure and luxury of man.
In summary, Qurbani has been commanded because it has many religious, moral and social benefits. It is unthinkable for an able minded person to not acknowledge this.
CONCERNING BASMALA IN SACRIFICING
The animal is sacrificed by saying ‘Bismillah Allahu Akbar.’ The animal must be sacrificed straight away without saying or doing anything else, this is essential.
If the knife is sharpened after saying the Basmala, then the Basmala must be recited again.
If the animal gets up from its place after the person says ‘Bismillah Allahu Akbar’ then this must be recited again before sacrificing.
If after saying Basmala, the person puts down their knife and gets a new knife, the Basmala does not need to be repeated.
If after reciting Basmalah over an animal, the person leaves the animal and moves on to sacrifice another animal, then the Basmala must be repeated.
If many animals are to be sacrificed one after the other, then ‘Bismillah Allahu Akbar’ must be recited for each and every animal.