Qurban means sacrifice. Every year in the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world roam oxen, goats, sheep or camels to reflect the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, at the command of Allah the Lord. But Allah intervened and sent a ram to sacrifice in the place of Ishmael.
فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ
So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone].(QS. Al Kautsar: 2)
The slaughtering of the beast is the way of the Messenger of Allah. The Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) was commanded by Allah, the Lord, to follow the religion of the Prophet Ibrahim in doing so. These prove to be remarkable expressions of unconditional love and commitment, an expression of faith in devotion to Allah in all respects. It is their unwavering loyalty and strength to religion.
Aqiqah is an Islamic tradition of animal sacrifice on the occasion of the birth of a child. If he is not able to slaughter the seventh day, he shall be put to death on the fourteenth day or on the twenty-first day. If one does not have the capacity to do so, one can kill the animal at any time prior to the child’s maturity. Aqiqah is a donation and a Sunah according to various Hadiths.