What is Qurbani?
Qurbani (sacrifice) is one of the required rituals carried out at Eid ul-Adha. It involves thesacrifice of an animal (a camel, cow, goat or sheep) for the sake of Allah.
The meat is then divided into three parts, with the person performing the sacrifice taking one part, his friends and family another and the third part going to the poor.
What is the significance of Qurbani?
The practise of Qurbani can be traced back to the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) who dreamt that Allah ordered him to sacrifice his only son, Ismail (pbuh). In his devotion to Allah Ibrahim agreed to follow his dream and perform the sacrifice, but Allah intervened at the last minute and sent a ram in Ismail’s place. The continued practise of sacrifice acts as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah.
When does Qurbani take place?
Eid ul-Adha, the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, is celebrated during the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, known as Dhul al-Hijjah, which translates as ‘Lord of the Pilgrimage’. It is during this month that pilgrims travel to Mecca in order to visit the Kaaba. The Hajj is performed on the eighth, ninth and tenth days of the month. Eid ul-Adha begins on the tenth and ends on the 13th.
Islamic Relief and Qurbani
IR has been carrying out its Qurbani project since 1986. In 2007 over 70,000 IR Qurbani’s were performed, benefitting over 1.9 million people in 25 countries.
The meat is distributed fresh, frozen or canned, depending on factors such as cost and availability, though the majority of countries do receive fresh meat.
Beneficiaries include widows, orphans, the poor, elderly, disabled, refugees and those affected by disasters. For the majority of these people – particularly with the current food crisis - meat does not form a part of their general diet. The IR Qurbani pack enables them to celebrate this important occasion along with millions of more fortunate Muslims across the world.
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