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Let’s talk about Qurbani

Let’s talk about Qurbani

As the Islamic calendar turns to Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world prepare for one of the most spiritually enriching periods of the year.

Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and final month, holds particular importance due to its association with the Hajj pilgrimage and the practice of Qurbani (sacrifice). This month not only marks a culmination of reflecting on our relationship with the almighty Allah, but also embodies the values of sacrifice, charity, and community.

Dhul Hijjah is distinguished by the observance of Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. This pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who are physically and financially able.

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are particularly revered. Our beloved master, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) emphasised their importance, in which he stated in a Hadith: "There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days" (Sahih Bukhari).

Fasting, increased prayer, and acts of charity during these blessed days are highly encouraged as they carry immense spiritual rewards.

The Ritual of Qurbani

Qurbani, or the act of animal sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Ismail in obedience to Allah’s command. As Ibrahim (AS) put his emotions aside in complete surrender to Allah (SWT), our Almighty Creator intervened and provided a ram to sacrifice instead. This act of devotion is remembered annually by Muslims through Qurbani, performed after the Eid al-Adha prayers.

The practice of Qurbani involves the sacrifice of a sheep, goat, cow, or camel, with the meat distributed among family, friends, and the less fortunate. This act embodies the principles of generosity and communal support, ensuring that even the neediest members of the community can partake in the festivities of Eid.

Spiritual and Social Dimensions

Out of Allah’s will and mercy, the act of Qurbani serves multiple purposes. It is a reminder of submission to Allah’s will, echoing the ultimate sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim. Additionally, it reinforces the values of empathy and social welfare. By distributing the meat, Muslims ensure that everyone, regardless of their socio-economic status, can celebrate Eid with dignity.

The act of sacrifice and distribution aligns with the Islamic principles of zakat and sadaqah. It highlights the importance of sharing one's blessings and fostering a sense of unity within the Ummah.

Nowadays, the logistics of Qurbani have adapted to accommodate various circumstances. For those unable to perform the sacrifice personally, numerous charitable organizations offer Qurbani services, ensuring that the sacrifice is carried out in accordance with Islamic principles and that the meat reaches those in need.

As Dhul Hijjah approaches, we are encouraged to prepare both spiritually and practically. Reflecting on the lessons of Prophet Ibrahim, increasing acts of worship, and planning for Qurbani are integral to making the most of this sacred time.

Dhul Hijjah and Qurbani are not just rituals but profound expressions of faith and community.

They connect us to our rich religious heritage and emphasise core Islamic values such as obedience, sacrifice, charity, and compassion. As we embrace this blessed month, let us strive to embody these values, seeking Allah’s pleasure and fostering a spirit of unity and generosity within our communities.

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