Importance of Qurbani
A Small Kindness for those who need it most.
Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha by sacrificing an animal in remembrance of the spirit of sacrifice (Qurbani) symbolised by the trials of faith experienced by Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
Qurbani is observed all over the world at the same time (on the 10th, 11th and 12th of the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah) and is also a key component of the annual Hajj pilgrimage which millions make to Makkah. Qurbani is compulsory according to some scholars and a highly stressed Sunnah according to others, for those who have the means to perform it.
Whilst most of us are blessed with food and take our next meal for granted, spare a thought for the many children and families across the world whose lives are blighted by poverty and for whom basic food is a scarcity and meat a luxury.
As Eid al-Adha approaches, you can help those in need celebrate this festival by giving them the ‘Gift of Eid’ through your Qurbani. Qurbani arranged through Small Kindness is sourced from local farms and is specifically aimed at the most needy, such as orphans, widows, survivors of natural disaster (such as recent earthquakes and floods), the sick, the elderly and those living in poverty.
This year we will be providing Qurbani in the Balkans (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo & Serbia) and Indonesia, where people struggle due to high unemployment and high rates of absolute poverty. We will also be supplying Qurbani to the needy in the UK through our partner charity.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was asked,
“What is Qurbani?” He answered, “It is the sunnah of your father Ibrahim (AS). For every hair of the Qurbani, you will receive a reward from Allah and for every hair in the wool you will receive a reward.”
[Related in Ibn Maja & Tirmidhi]