According to those of the Muslim faith, you can give gifts to needy people all around the world through what is called Qurbani. Traditionally, this is the sacrifice of an animal to Allah, something that occurs during Eid ul Adha. The animals that are slaughtered may include sheep, goats, cows or camels, each with a differing value. The way that people can donate to Qurbani is to send in a monetary donation which will be used to purchase one of these animals so that it can be sacrificed, allowing the meat to be processed and distributed to people that are in need. Here is an overview of the Qurbani donation process, and how people can contribute to this worthy cause that has helped feed millions of people worldwide.
When Is Qurbani?
Qurbani is performed on the tenth of the month of Dhul-Hijjah. Dhul-Hijjah represents the final month of the Islamic calendar, the sacred month in which Hajj takes place. Hajj is a pilgrimage that occurs every year where practicing Muslims travel to Mecca. Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia, specifically in the city of Hejaz. It is during this time of pilgrimage, one that every Muslim must take at least once in their life, that Qurbani will be held. The sacrifice of these animals and any donations that are given will be received at this time and should be provided only by those that can afford to do so. All of this is done during the Festival of Sacrifice, otherwise known as Eid ul Adha.
What is Eid ul Adha?
This is a reoccurring three-day festival that is a combination of the Hajj pilgrimage that commemorates and honors the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim made. He was commanded to sacrifice his son Ismail, and you to the faith that he had in Allah, a ram was sent to the Prophet Ibrahim, allowing him to bypass the sacrifice of his son. It is during this time that those of the Muslim faith can think Allah for any and all blessings that have been received. It is an excellent opportunity to be thankful for family, friends, and also for all of the food that Allah has provided for them and their family. At the same time, it is also when Qurbani occurs. This makes perfect sense since, during the celebration of all of the things that Muslims are thankful for, they can also provide blessings for those that are less fortunate. That is why the animals are sacrificed at this time, and the meat is distributed to those that are needy so that they can also show their thanks to Allah. It is a time of sharing gifts, providing donations, and celebrating all of the good things in life that have occurred. There is often some confusion for those that have never participated before on the difference between the animals that are sacrificed. Several different kinds are permissible, and each of them will have a particular value regarding the donation that is given. As mentioned earlier, donations that are sent in are used to purchase the animals, and those that are in charge will make sure that animals are sacrificed in the meat will be distributed. To understand the difference in their value, and how Qurbani is related to this value, let’s look at the differences between each animal sacrifice.
Understanding The Difference Between The Animal Sacrifices
Qurbani is not only a word that describes this sacrifice but is also a value that is attributed to each animal. They are divided into two groups which include small and large animals. Small animals consist of either a sheep or goat, and they are valued at 1 Qurbani. Cows, bulls, buffalo and camels are each estimated at 7 Qurbani. When you make a donation that is monetary, this money will be sent to individuals that will make the sacrifice for you, and the amount that you give will be represented by how many animals that money can purchase. Although they explicitly state that you should not try to attribute a dollar value to the animals, or worry about how much you are giving, this is how Qurbani is understood in context with the animal sacrifices. Therefore, a goat Qurbani and a Cow Qurbani will represent different Qurbani prices. Since Eid ul-Adha, or Bakra Eid, falls on the 10th day of the month, the same day that Qurbani begins, it is sometimes referred to as Eid Qurbani, the beginning of the sacrifices in Dhul-Hijjah, which completes as the sun sets on the 12th day.
The Benefit Of Qurbani Animals For The Poor
There is a great benefit to those that are in need of this meat, sometimes representing the only meat that some people get each year. Qurbani meat distribution goes out to many countries including the Central African Republic, Somalia, Burma, and Bosnia to name a few. If you have ever seen a Qurbani video, you will understand that those that are in charge of meat distribution often go into countries that are quite dangerous. The goal of these organizations is to feed as many people as possible that are less fortunate, making this sacrifice to Allah very worthwhile. Although this might make Qurbani dangerous for those that are going into countries where wars are occurring, these people are not concerned about their safety. They know that they are doing the work of Allah and that the distribution of the meat is what is important.
How Much Should You Give?
The amount of your donation will be appreciated, regardless of the number, but you can also think of your contribution regarding its value. As mentioned earlier, a 1 Qurbani donation will be representative of a goat or sheep whereas a 7 Qurbani can represent a camel, bull, cow or buffalo. Essentially, the size of the animal is representative of a large or small donation, and all donations are welcome. It is about giving what you can afford to give, and knowing that it will be appreciated by those families that will receive this gift of meat as a result of your kindness and personal sacrifice.
Make Your Donation Today
You can learn more about Eid Qurbani online to see how useful this process is for people that are hungry worldwide. This is part of the efforts of those that are devout Muslims that has made such a difference for those that are less fortunate. Although Qurbani started as something that only Muslims did, helping neighboring villages, it has expanded into a global effort. They believe that the donations from people worldwide can make a difference in feeding the hungry and less fortunate. If you would like to contribute to this effort to feed the hungry, your donation will go toward purchasing an animal that can be processed and sent out to people that are starving in many different countries. It is through even the smallest donations that the efforts of those that are using Qurbani to help as many individuals as possible can be as successful as it has become. Anyone can donate, regardless of their faith, and they will know that they are making a positive move toward helping and world hunger. Only submit your donation online, and you can contribute to one of the most worthy causes that are operating today that continues to feed the hungry and less fortunate.