Qurban is the sacrificial slaughter of livestock in the name of Allah. The word ‘Qurban’ comes from the Arabic word ‘Qurb’ meaning closeness. The act of sacrifice brings one closer to Allah. It is a significant annual ritual on the Islamic calendar, with rules for how and when it takes place.
Meaning of Qurban
The Qurbani animal sacrifice must take place during the 4 days of Eid Al Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s absolute devotion and willingness before Allah, who instructed him to sacrifice his beloved son. At the moment of sacrifice, however, Allah put a goat in the boy’s place instead.
The Qurbani sacrifice was then maintained in the sunnah by Prophet Muhammad (sallal lahu ‘alayhi wa salam) as a way to show one’s devotion and become closer to God. Qurban is traditionally performed once a year by able households. The meat is shared amongst friends, family, and importantly, with the poor.
The Prophet (pbuh) said “O people, it is compulsory for every household to make a sacrifice yearly.” [Ahmed]
Eid Al Adha
Eid Al Adha is a time that friends and family come together to celebrate in their best attire to exchange gifts and share meals. Nowadays in affluent Australia, it’s more common to buy and donate Qurbani meat through charitable organisations. GIM Foundation buys high quality meat from local farmers, hiring teams of local workers to process and distribute the fresh meat to the hungry in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Rewards of Qurban
Donating Qurban provides food and celebration for people who could not otherwise afford it. It also brings significant spiritual rewards for the person sharing with the poor:
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever feeds a needy person until he is satisfied, Allah (SWT) will allow him to enter Paradise from a door, nobody will enter that door except those who did the same as him.” [Tabarani]
Give Qurban To People In Need
They wait all year round for Eid Al Adha. Let’s help them celebrate!