The just concluded eid al-Adha is a day -In which the greatness of Allah his celebrated with the slaughtering of animals. However, by the same token of slaughtering, the greatest and the only unforgivable sin could be committed - shirk. Sacrifice is due only to Allah Who created the animal and the one who sacrifices. We are commanded to say:
"Say: "Truly my prayer and my service of sacrifice my life and my death are (all) for Allah the Cherisher of the ,Worlds: No partner has He: this am I commanded and I am the first of those who bow to His Will." .(Q6[An'am}: 162-163).
Several ways do people (some Muslims are equally guilty of this too) slaughter for other than Allah. The following are some of them:
Slaughtering for any other religious celebration other than that which is sanctioned by Allah is shirk. Some of those celebrations include the Easter and Christmas celebration of the Christians and commemorations of traditional idols and deities. Some Muslims are unwittingly drawn into this grave sin when they are invited by the unbelievers to slaughter animals for their religious celebration. A Muslim should decline helping the Kufar to slaughter for their religious celebrations.
Allah's command is:
"Therefore to your Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice!' (Q I08[AI-Kawthar}:2).
Ali (R.A) reported that the Prophet (salallahu alyhi wa sallam) told him four things:
:Allah cursed him who cursed his father, Allah cursed him who sacrificed for , anyone besides Allah; and Allah cursed him who accommodates an. innovator (in religion); and Allah cursed him who changed the minarets (the boundary line of the land)" (Muslim).
Tariq ibn Shihab related that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Flies provided the circumstances for a man to go to Paradise. and for another to go. to Hell". When he was asked to explain how that was possible, the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Two men passed by a people who had an idol to which they prescribed an offering for every person seeking to go through their territory. When the first objected that he had nothing to offer as sacrifice to the idol. the people told him he had to sacrifice something, even ifit were a few flies. So he caught a few flies. sacrificed them and was let' through. Naturally. he was consigned to Hell. When another was required to sacrifice something he objected that he would never sacrifice anything to anyone but Allah. They killed him; and he, of course went to Paradise" (Ahmad).
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited