With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 22 (Hajj)
The sacrifice is more than blood and meat
Verse 37: It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all who do right.
The sacrifice after the Hajj is a culmination of the great event however; even this last phase of the Hajj is not amiss in ritual. The real purpose is not the physical aspects that can be observed by the type of animal or the manner of slaughter but rather the inner dimension. The element that counts in the sight of Allah (SWT) is ones conscious appreciation of Allah (SWT) – Taqwa – without which is mere killing with bloodletting and consumption. Additionally as with the other Eid this celebration is not limited to mark the end of the Hajj (or the Fast) but also to glorify (and show appreciation) to Allah (SWT) for His Guidance.