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Q: Can God be pleased by making animal sacrifice?

 

A: Sikhism denounces any type of animal sacrifice.

How can one make God happy by killing His innocent creatures for no reason? The sacrificing of animals has no place in Sikhism. Sikh Gurus preached to live in harmony with God’s creation. Sikh are to be vegetarian so as to not hurt the animals as they have emotions, family bonds and feel pain. "You say that the One Lord is in all, so why do you kill chickens?" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1350). "Kabeer says, to use force is tyranny, even if you call it a religious sacrifice. When your account is called for in the Kingdom of God, what will your condition be then? Kabeer says, the dinner of beans and rice is excellent when flavored with salt. Who would cut throats to have meat with his bread?" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1374).

 

"Kabeer says, they oppress living beings, kill them, and call it proper. When the Lord calls for their account, what will their condition be? Kabeer says, it is tyranny to use force; the Lord shall call you to account. When your account is called for, your face and mouth shall be beaten" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1375). "You keep your fasts to please Allah, while you murder other beings for pleasure. You look after your own interests, and so not see the interests of others. What good is your word? O Qazi, the One Lord is within you, but you do not think or contemplation on Him. You do not care for others, you are mad about religion, this is why your life is wasting away" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 483).

 

One does not need to perform animal sacrifice, fast, or go on pilgrimages to please God or receive God’s love. All one has to do is love Him and live an honest life in harmony.

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