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QURBANI - THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
Every year Muslims across the globe celebrate Eid ul Adha with full zeal and zest. On the day of Qurbani Muslims follow the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). Eid ul Adha begins on the 10th day during the last month of the Islamic calendar, called Dhul Hijjah. It is also the same period when Hajj, one of the five compulsory pillars of Islam takes place.
Muslims unite as one Ummah and slaughter a domestic animal for the sake of Allah to celebrate Qurbani.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said “A person is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour goes hungry.” (Bukhari)
After Qurbani, the meat of the sacrificed animal is divided into three equal portions. The first portion is for the individual performing Qurbani, the second portion is for his relatives, and the third portion is for the poor and needy. Since most of the needy families in vulnerable situations eat meat only a few times a year. Thus, Muslims make sure that such poor families are prioritised for Qurbani distribution, providing them possibly the best quality meat.
This humble act of utter devotion recalls the story of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) who was commanded by Allah (SWT) to sacrifice his only son. Yet, at the final moment, Allah saved Hazrat Ismail (AS) by replacing him with a ram. This serves as a lesson to carry out our responsibilities with the same devotion and dedication as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
The Importance of Qurbani
Even though the act of Qurbani is to sacrifice the animal but the true meaning is to give life and hope to those suffering adversity and poverty. When these families receive Qurbani meat, it gives them a real sense of hope. The Qurbani meat also ensures them that they are not left excluded from community-wide celebrations.
The ongoing pandemic has not only impacted people throughout the world but has also changed our ways to celebrate festivals. Last year, Qurbani was different for all of us due to Covid-19. The pandemic had mostly impacted the less privileged poor members of the community. Since Covid-19 continues to weaken the most vulnerable, your Qurbanis can help us reach out to even more families.
The Sunnah and Hadith have quoted countless rewards for Qurbani in the way of the Almighty Allah. Qurbani not only increases our “Iman” and “Taqwa” but also strengthens our “Sabr” (patience) which helps us in the hereafter. The act of sacrificing and distributing also symbolises our willingness to obey any command given to us by our creator. Thus, Muslims completely neglect the love of this world and its short-lived wealth and sacrifice for the love of Allah.
The Prophet Muhammed (SAWS) said: “Be merciful to those on the earth, so the One above the heavens will be merciful to you” [Bukhari]
The life of the Holy Prophet (SAWS) is a living example of the teachings of the Holy Quran. He has given several examples of how we should treat one another throughout his life. Sharing meat from our Qurbani reflects mercy for the needy just how Allah (SWT) showed mercy to Ibrahim (AS).
The Qurbani Process
We are approaching the blessed time of Hajj and Eid-al-Adha once again. Following the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), it is time to perform the animal sacrifice. Allah (SWT) has promised a reward for every hair and every strand of wool of the animal sacrificed, and we can increase this reward by sharing it with the less fortunate! Covid-19 has created new levels of poverty and left millions vulnerable. Let’s take this time to sacrifice, to give, and earn rewards.
ATI has been carrying out extensive Qurbani projects for the past 14 years, ensuring that every measure is taken to perform your ‘wajib’ according to Sunnah on behalf of thousands of Muslims. We source healthy livestock locally and deliver fresh meat on the day of Eid-al-Adha to the most deprived in the developing world.
Donate your Qurbani today for as little as £25 for 1 share. You can also bring a smile to a child’s face by sending an Eid gift or help out a family during these difficult times using our Eid-ul-Adha package. May Allah (SWT) reward your generosity and kindness, Ameen.