The Udhiyah (sacrifice) revives the sunnah of Prophet Ibrāhīm (peace be upon him). He (peace be upon him) was ready to give up everything for the sake of Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) and submitted unconditionally to Allāh’s (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) commands by even offering his beloved son as a sacrifice. Let us revive the spirit behind the sunnah.
Be generous and select a healthy animal for sacrifice. You may have given a lot of charity other than the udhiyah, but if you miss out on this, you have missed out on a great act of charity specific to this occasion. Look at how you have spent your money on luxuries for the entire year. Now what will you offer as a sacrifice to gain the closeness of Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā)?
Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) makes a special connection between sacrificing animals and taqwa (piety) as mentioned in the Qur’ān: “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allāh, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.” [Qur’ān 22:37] Thus, let us remember Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) and perform this act of worship solely to obtain His pleasure.
As you strive to attain taqwa by sacrificing your animal, remember that you should even sacrifice your bad habits for the sake of Allāh (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā)! Will you quit (and sacrifice) your haraam job and look for halaal sources of income? Will you let go of any forbidden relationships? Will you sacrifice your sleep to get up for fajr regularly? Will you let go of your ego and make amends with your relatives? Will you repent from all your sins and try your level best to fulfill your ultimate aim of the Hereafter: to attain Paradise? Are you ready, like Prophet Ibrāhīm (peace be upon him), to submit unconditionally to all of Allāh’s (subḥānahū wa ta’ālā) commands?