In Arabic, Eid-l Kabir means “The Greater”, it’s the commemoration of the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his first and only son, in obedience to the command from Allah, (Quran Chapter 37 Verse 102-107).
So, according to teachings in Islam, Eid-l Kabir is associated with the sacrifice of Animals, family and friends gather together, dressed in their best clothes, share meals, especially breakfast and lunch while also sharing prayers.
There are Six animals allowed for sacrifice during this celebration period, and there are various rewards attached to each animal used as Layya Sacrifice.
The reason why the cost of Ram usually goes up during this period to as much as N100,000, is because Ram attracts the highest reward. Provided one can afford it, it’s advisable Ram be used for sacrifice.
This is another close substitute for Ram, as Sheep is the next to Ram in reward.
3. A He-Goat.
This is the third based on the hierarchy of rewards. In Nigeria today, most people who can’t afford Ram and Sheep mostly go for a He-Goat, because it’s relatively affordable, with a price range of around N8,000.
4. A She-Goat.
Just like some couples prefer to have a male child rather than a female child, so is it in sacrifice as well. Although it’s very rear to see people sacrifice She-Goats, because the price difference isn’t too much, compared to the He-Goat.
Yes! A Cow is the fifth in the hierarchy of rewards regardless of its massive size and cost. It’s also allowed for people to join funds together to buy a cow, as each person would also be rewarded as well.
Now, the sacrifice of a Camel would attract more reward, followed by Cow, for those people performing Hajj, but in terms of Layya, it attracts the lowest reward.
Layya is among the great rituals of Islam. It is the sacrifice of prescribed animals (Camel, Cow or Sheep) as an act of worship to Allah, during the period from after the Eid prayer (Eid al-Adha) until the last day of Tashriq (the 13th day of Dhul-Hijjah).
Sacrifice is an act of worship (‘ibadah). As we have the times of prayers so we also have time for making a sacrifice during `Eid Al-Kabir.
May Every sacrifice be accepted on this day and rewarded accordinly. May Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.