Qurbani: Follow the Footsteps of Ibrahim (as)
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When the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah draw to an end and the pilgrims near the completion of Hajj, we commemorate what can be seen as the Prophet Ibrahim's (as) greatest sacrifice and testament of tawakul (trust in Allah).
Allah (swt) commanded Ibrahim (as) to sacrifice his son. After both he and his son submitted to the order of Allah (swt), placing their full trust and faith in Him alone, Ibrahim (as) took to making the sacrifice. At this moment, Allah (swt) placed a ram in the place of Ismail (as), saving him from any harm.
This occasion marks a test of defiance and strength, an example to us all of the magnitude of Ibrahim's (as) taqwa and trust in Allah (swt). To honour this test, we're encouraged to sacrifice an animal (goat, sheep, cattle, buffalo or camel) on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, if we are able.
Zaid bin Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that the companions of the Messenger of Allah ﷺasked him: "O Prophet, what is this sacrifice?" He said: "It is the way of your forefather Ibrahim."
They asked: “What (reward) is for us therein?" He replied: "There is a reward for every hair (i.e. the reward for meat will be great, but there will also be a great reward for the inedible parts).
They asked: "For the wool, Ya Rasulullah?" He replied: "There is one reward for every strand of wool." (Ahmad, Ibn Majah)
Charity Begins at Home
Each year, by the grace of Allah (swt), many of us rush to secure our Qurbani. In our eagerness to ensure that the meat goes to those truly in need, we often focus our attention to countries afar, neglecting those who are literally on our doorstep.
How can we give to those we have never met, whilst at the same time denying those we share a land, society and country with?
The importance of giving our Qurbani to those in close proximity is something that holds significant Islamic bearing.
Ibn Jibreen said: "If there are poor people in one’s own country, then it is better to give it to them so as to meet their needs."
The Hanbalis, Shaf'is, and Malikis, said: “It is permissible to transfer it no more than the distance at which shortening prayers becomes permissible, from the country in which the udhiyah is due. But it is haram to transfer it, as in the case of zakah, the distance at which shortening prayers becomes permissible, although it is valid."
Dr. Wahbah az-Zuhayli said: "As for transferring udhiyah to another country, the Hanafis said: It is makruh (detested) to transfer it, like zakah, from one country to another, unless he is transferring it to his relatives or to people who are in greater need of it than the people in his own country. If he transfers it to anyone else, it is valid although it is makruh. The Malikis said: it is not permissible to transfer it the distance at which shortening prayers becomes permissible or more, unless the people in that place are in greater need of it than the people in the place where it should be offered.”
GIVE YOUR QURBANI CLOSER TO HOME
So, this year give your Qurbani a little closer to home. Give light to a family who thought they had been forgotten. It makes a world of a difference.
“My mother would get meat on Eid, strangers would come to see you and tell you they love you for the sake of Allah. These small acts become a rope for us to hold onto. If I could say anything about this charity I would say that this charity reminds me of the kinds of sacrifices made by the Sahaba (companions of the Prophet ﷺ) for each other."
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A Basic Guide To Qurbani
According to the Hanafi madhab, one of the opinions narrated from Imam Ahmad and Ibn Taymiyyah, it is obligatory for all sane adults who have the wealth to do so. All other schools say it is sunnah mu'akkadah (confirmed sunnah) for all sane adults who have the wealth to do so.
You can sacrifice goats, sheep, cattle, buffalo or camel. They must be of good health, free from disability and above the specified age (goats and sheep must be at least 1 year old, cattle must be at least 2 years old and camels at least 5 years old). The quantity of sacrifice is open-ended.
Any time between 10th Dhul Hijjah until the sun sets on 12th Dhul Hijjah. The deadline for placing orders with HHUGS will be 9th Dhul Hijjah 5pm.