Q. Some people have dressed their Qur’baani animals and place even hats on their heads. The animals are also painted in an assortment of colours. It is all part of the fun of the Day of Eid, they say. Please comment.
A. Qur’baani is in commemoration of the supreme sacrifice of Hadhrat Nabi Ibraaheem (alayhis salaam) who had laid his son at the altar of sacrifice for the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. It was an occasion when the illustrious father drove the knife on the throat of his illustrious son at the command of Allah Ta’ala.
Qur’baani is not a merry-making kaafir practice to be enacted in the manner in which the kuffaar behave during their Christmas festival season. Qur’baani is a serious and a holy practice. Dressing up Qur’baani sheep as if they are clowns to be subjected to mirth and laughter is haraam. It is an absolute mockery of the ahkaam (laws) as well of the spirit and ethos of Qur’baani to make clowns of the sacred Qur’baani animals. These are such animals which will transport us as swift as lightning over the Siraat (Bridge) over Jahannum. About these animals Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that every hair on their bodies and every strand of wool on their bodies is the equivalent of a virtuous deed. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that even before the blood reaches the ground, Allah Ta’ala accepts the intention of Taqwa which underlies the sacrifice.
The blood of these animals are being shed in commemoration of the Blood of Hadhrat Ismaaeel (alayhis salaam) who was offered as the supreme sacrifice of love and devotion. How then can a true Mu’min’s Imaan tolerate this satanic mockery – making a mockery and making clowns of the holy Qur’baani animals?
It is not permissible to paint these animals and to transform them into clowns The spirit of Qur’baani demands responsibility, dignity, decorum and devotion permeated by some grief in consonance with the natural sadness which Hadhrat Ibraaheem (alayhis salaam) must have undergone when he was taking his little son for the sacrifice, and at the time when he drove the knife on his son’s throat.