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Gift your Qurbani to the one whose door is closest

Charity Begins at home


From the footsteps of our father Ibrahim (as)…to blessings on our doorstep

Our target for Qurbani has been met, and meat has been allocated to our families, any excess meat received will be given to a Muslim Food Bank to support those in need in this country.

With what seems like little notice, the joyous days of Eid ul Adha are fast approaching. We may have already bid farewell to family and friends who have set out for the journey of Hajj. For us remaining here at home however, our thoughts turn to our own obligations of Qurbani.

With so many options of offering a Qurbani abroad, it is easy to forget the vulnerable families here in the UK who remain desperately in need of support. Eid can be an isolating- even painful- experience for HHUGS families who suffer the absence of their loved ones. Offering your Qurbani through HHUGS not only provides families in need with a memorable Eid meal and experience, but also reminds us all of the common obligation and brotherhood which bind us all together.The spirit of Qurbani: A story of sacrifice

The spirit of Qurbani: A story of sacrifice

The Companions of the Prophet (saw) asked 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.

They asked: "For the wool, O Messenger of Allah?"

He replied: "There is a reward for every strand of wool." (Ahmad, Ibn Majah)

The origins and essence of Qurbani is heavily steeped in a tradition of sacrifice. As Ibrahim (as) stood over his son, ready to sacrifice the life of one he loved so dear- he had already imbibed the true meaning of what it is to give something up for the pleasure of Allah.

At this moment, Allah (swt) placed a ram in the place of Ismail (as), saving him from any harm.

To honour this test, we're encouraged to sacrifice an animal (goat, sheep, cattle, buffalo or camel) on the days of Eid, if we are able.

The practical act of Qurbani not only provides an important and beneficial source of food for the poor, but in performing Qurbani- we are given the chance to reconnect with our purpose as Muslims.

Whether we are in the position of giving a Qurbani or receiving food, we are united in brotherhood through connecting with the Sunnah of our father Ibrahim. With so many families in need of a generous act here in the UK, Qurbani provides the perfect opportunity to demonstrate our care for our brothers and sisters in a real and practical way.

"Whoever made a sacrifice with full sincerity, the act of sacrifice will protect him from the hell fire"(Zayd ibn Arqam)

Offering your Qurbani in the UK

In countries like the UK, there’s not “real” poverty, surely? The reality may surprise you. We often underestimate the desperate financial constraints which families in the UK suffer through. The absence of a breadwinner leaves the burden of providing for children solely on the parent left behind- most often this is the mother. These families are forced to rely on state benefits which can be insufficient to meet their minimum needs of daily life. Many families live hand-to-mouth, surviving barely above the poverty line. This can be further exacerbated by an arrest– identity documents and cash seized in raids, accounts shut down or frozen, benefits cut and jobs lost. The stigma of detention can make it difficult for individuals to find further employment – whether it’s their mothers, siblings, or those who have been detained. Socially, many are isolated from the community as their needs are not understood and soon forgotten. Emotionally, they nurse the wounds of separation and loss from their loved ones.

In such desperate circumstances, offering your Qurbani to a HHUGS family provides relief and solace to a family who often have little to look forward to. Families will be able to unite over a celebratory meal and share in the joy of Eid.

Giving your Qurbani to those in need close to home, is not only permissible but a much neglected obligation.

"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…it is preferable to slaughter it in the country where you are." (Ibn Jibreen)

Scholars from all four schools in the Islamic tradition encourage giving to those within our own countries.

The Hanbalis, Shafi‘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.” (Dr Wahbah az-Zuhayli).

THIS DHUL HIJJAH, GIFT YOUR QURBANI TO THE ONE WHOSE DOOR IS CLOSEST

 “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 ) for each other."


Slaughter the Best You Can Afford

HHUGS gives you the opportunity to sacrifice and distribute high quality lamb in the UK. Although some may feel deterred by the price, HHUGS are striving to provide the best quality meat and heavier animals, and that we’re recommended to give from that which we love, and offer the best sacrifice we can afford. As a result, you get the additional reward, for “every hair…every fibre of wool”.  As the Prophet (saw) said, “The best Qurbani is the one which expensive in price and very fat.” (Imam Ahmad)


A Basic Guide To Qurbani

Who?

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.
 

What?

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. HHUGS gives you the opportunity to sacrifice high quality lamb in the UK. We do not have the facilities to offer cows or shares.

When?

The sacrifice can take place at any time between 10th Dhul Hijjah until the sun sets on 12th Dhul Hijjah. HHUGS Qurbani will take place on the 3rd Day of Eid/12th Dhul Hijjah (corresponding to Sunday 3rd September subject to moon sighting).

When can I place my order by?

The deadline for placing orders with HHUGS will be 9th Dhul Hijjah 11.59pm.