Malik has reported from Hisham bin ‘Urwah and he from his father that he used to tell his sons: “O my sons! Do not slaughter an animal in the name of Allah such as you will be embarrassed to present as a gift to a close and respected friend of yours. Allah is the Most Honourable and Most Generous, and He is the most deserving to be offered the best of what you have.”
Sa’id bin Mansur reported that Ibn ‘Umar once mounted in Makkah on a nice she-camel, which he liked very much, and said, “Excellent! Excellent!” admiring it. Then he dismounted, marked it as an offering, and a sacrifice for the pleasure of Allah.