“Therefore, to your Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice.” (Al-Quran 108:2)
The lexicon defines sacrifice, the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone.”
‘Eid al-Adha’, translated as ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to follow God’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael, until Allah intervened and replaced His son with a sheep during the sacrifice. Muslims around the world observes this event on the 10th day of Dhu Al-Hijjah, according to the Lunar Calendar. They afford best halal (foods that are permissible) animal(s) (i.e. cow, camel, goat, etc.) on this event and sacrifice (slaughter) them for Allah.
A sacrifice gives spiritual contentment to the sacrifice-giver and material gain to the beneficiary of sacrifice. God says:
“By no means shall you ever attain (the status of) true virtue unless you sacrifice (in the way of Allah) of those things that you hold dear.” (Al-Quran 3:92)