There is very great merit in Qurbani
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
“During the days of qurbani, Allah Ta’ala does not like any act more than qurbani. In the days of qurbani, the act of qurbani surpasses all other acts of piety. At the time of sacrificing the animal, this noble act is accepted by Allah Ta’ala before the blood of the animal can reach the ground. Therefore, make qurbani happily and open-heartedly.”
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also said:
“For every hair that is on the sacrificial animal, one reward is recorded for the person making the qurbani.” Glory be to Allah!
Can there be a reward greater than this?
A person receives hundreds and thousands of rewards for just one single qurbani! If a person had to count the strands of wool on a sheep from morning till evening he will not be able to complete the count. Just try and imagine the innumerable rewards for one single qurbani. Piety demands that even if qurbani is not wajib on a person, he should make it in order to receive such great rewards. When this day of qurbani passes, when will one ever get an opportunity like this again, and how will he be able to receive such innumerable rewards so easily?
Yes you can make Qurbani on behalf of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam and of relatives as well
If Allah Ta’ala has blessed a person with wealth, then apart from making qurbani for himself, he should also make qurbani for his relatives such as his parents who have passed away so that their souls will also be amply rewarded. One should also try and make qurbani on behalf of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his wives, on behalf of one’s spiritual guides, etc. If all this is not possible, one should at least make on one’s own behalf because qurbani is wajib on the person who is wealthy.
Upon who is Qurbani Waajib
Qurbani is wajib on every mature, sane muslim who is a muqeem (not a traveller). He must be in possession of the zakaat nisaab (612.36g of silver) which is in excess of his basic needs and debts for any of the three days of Qurbani. Who can be more unfortunate than he whois wealthy and has been blessed with everything and does not make Qurbani despite all this wealth? Apart from this, he will also be regarded as a sinner.