|In Islam sacrifice, commonly known as Qurbani, means
slaughter of a permissible animal in the name of Allah on the 10th, 11th
or 12th of the Islamic month of Zil Hijjah. It is an essential religious
rite in memory of the sacrifice performed by Prophet Abraham.
Generally, slaughter of goats, sheep, rams, cows, and camels is offered. One third of the meat must be given to the poor in charity, while the rest can be distributed among friends, family and neighbors.
A couple of weeks leading upto Eid-ul-Azha you start seeing goats and
sheep showing up, grazing in the parks and open fields. As the days get
closer, you start seeing goat and sheep markets forming. The day before
eid is when most people buy their slaughter animal, because no one wants
to have the animal in the house any longer than they need to. It is eerie
to listen to all the goats and sheep baying and bleeting through the
night around the neighborhood the night before eid. It's as if they are
crying because it's their last night before slaughter.