For me, it was 20 minutes ago on Youtube. And that could possibly be the first time I have watched one. Most of the qurbans that I can recall done for my family during Eid Al Adha were through friends in Indonesia, so that they would give the meat to the less fortunate there. We’d get photographs of our designated sacrificial goats a couple of weeks later.
While it is scientifically clear that the Islamic way of slaughtering animals is the most humane way, I’m still quite a wimp and feel a little queazy watching it happening in motion.
Nevertheless, it is a symbolic reminder of Prophet Ibrahim’s (a.s) act of sacrifice for his devotion to Allah.
In some ways, I think it’s also God’s way of reminding us where our meat comes from. Not from the supermarket, but from a 4 legged herbivore.
Eid Mubarak to all!
CAUTION: Not recommended for those allergic to blood or wimps like me!