What is Qurbani?
Qurbani means sacrifice. Every year during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world kill an animal – a goat, a sheep, a cow or a camel – because Prophet Ibrahim agreed to sacrifice his son Ishmael, for God’s sake. Partially one-third of the meat from the animal should go to the poor or susceptible. Traditionally, a Muslim keeps one-third of the meat for their family and gives the last third to their neighbors.
The importance of Qurbani
The practice of Bakra Qurbani can be learned from the Prophet Ibrahim, who dreamed that God commanded him to sacrifice his only son Ismail. In his devotion to God, Ibrahim agreed to follow his dream and make sacrifices. But God intervened and sent a ram to sacrifice Ismail. Ismail escaped because Ibrahim proved that he would sacrifice his son as an act of devotion, despite the loss it was to him. The constant practice of sacrifice shows Ibrahim obedience to God.
In the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, Eid-ul-Adha, also known as Dhul Hijjah, is celebrated as the Feast of Sacrifice – translated as the “Lord of Pilgrimage”. Pilgrims will travel to Mecca this month to visit the Kaaba. Hajj is implement on the eighth, ninth and tenth days of the solar month. Eid ul-Adha begins on the 10th and ends on the 13th. In 2014, Eid is taking place on October 3rd.
Islamic Relief We have been conducting Bakra Qurbani projects since 1986 featuring 670 Qurbani. In 2013, approximately 110,000 sacrifices were performed, benefiting over two million people. Meat is delivered fresh, frozen or canned, depending on distribution, price, availability and accessibility, although most countries receive fresh meat. Meat is procured from local suppliers to benefit the local economy.
Among those who received the sacrificial meat were widows, orphans, refugees, and the poor, the elderly, or the disabled. For the majority of these people, meat is not part of their normal diet. Sacrifice meat allows some families to eat meat throughout the year. When families receive Goat Qurbani meat, it raises real hope for them and enables millions of other Muslims around the world to celebrate this important occasion.
This year, we will make poor people around the world celebrate Eid-al-Adha. You can help: Give your Qurbani today with Islamic Relief. Click below the link to more information…