Qurbani: Helping Families, Farmers and the Community
Co-authored by Musa Bukhari
Why do we perform Qurbani?
He (Ismail) said, “O my father! Do as you are commanded. If Allah wills, you shall find me of the patient”. (Qur’an, 37:102)
In previous blogs, we’ve discussed the significance of Ibrahim’s (AS) story and the importance of honouring his sacrifice by performing Qurbani (or udhiyah), but what about the process of performing Qurbani? How do your donations impact and support local communities? Read on to find out.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Eid al-Adha than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgment with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
Who does your Qurbani impact?
When you donate your Qurbani through Human Appeal, your charity supports some of the most vulnerable people around the world. While many of us have easy access to protein and nutrients, this is a luxury that most people lack. For many families that Human Appeal supports, Qurbani is their only opportunity to eat meat in the year. What a beautiful opportunity to help struggling families and to reap a blessed reward!
Your Qurbani not only helps to feed thousands of families across the world, but it also supports local farmers. We usually source local cattle for Qurbani, which supports and sustains the farming community and their families. When projects are focused on local communities, it supports growth, resilience and self-reliance, and the impact can be transformative.
Help one another in acts of piety and righteousness. And do not assist each other in acts of sinfulness and transgression. And be aware of Allah. Verily, Allah is severe in punishment. (Quran 5:2)
O People! Eat of what is lawful and good on the Earth and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitaan, for he is your open enemy. (2:168)
When selecting the animals for Qurbani, we inspect their health and condition, making sure that they conform to halal and Qurbani standards. Goats and sheep must be over a year old, and cows or camels over two years. We make sure that they are healthy and show no signs of sickness or injury. If an animal appears unhealthy, Human Appeal does not use them for Qurbani.
Anas bin Malik said, “The Prophet (saw) used to sacrifice two rams, and I also sacrifice two rams.” (Bukhari)
What happens on Eid day?
Eid should be a day of celebration for Muslims around the world. But for those struggling to feed their families through war, displacement and poverty, it can be hard to feel joy on Eid. When you fulfil your Qurbani duty, you allow some of the most vulnerable families to celebrate Eid without worrying when their next meal will be.
As these families eat together, imagine the reward and blessing you are receiving; imagine the bodies of our brothers and sisters testifying on the Day of Judgement that you provided them with a nourishing meal. SubhanAllah. You can also give Eid gifts to children, putting a smile on the faces of little ones who might never before have received Eid presents such as toys, sweets and clothes.
Many Allah allow us to give in the best way. May He allow us to fulfil the obligations of our wealth by fulfilling the rights of others. May we all have a joyous Eid, nourished in His mercy and blessing.