Eid ul-Adha – also known as the Festival of Sacrifice - is a double celebration for Muslims all over the world. It marks both the end of the Hajj and also commemorates the faith and dedication that the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) showed to Allah (SWT).
The annual pilgrimage of Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and every able-bodied Muslim is expected to complete the Hajj at least once in their lifetime. Hajj is an Arabic word meaning ‘aim’ or ‘destination’ and, for Muslims, is the ultimate journey to the house of Allah (SWT). If performed with the right intentions, Hajj will purify all sins and the reward is Jannah (Paradise).
The completion of Hajj is followed by Eid ul-Adha and Qurbani. A frequent enquiry is ‘when is Eid ul-Adha 2022?’ as the dates of these festivals change every year according to the lunar cycle, on which the Islamic calendar is based. The 2022 Eid ul-Adha dates are 9 to 13 July, with possible variations depending on your current location.
It is a time of coming together, being with family and friends, meeting in the community, and celebrating the global Ummah. Great pride is taken to dress in their finest clothes and perform the Eid salah prayer at the mosque.
The Qurbani is a momentous ritual for Muslims celebrating Eid ul-Adha, and the Qurbani Eid story is one that demonstrates the depth and intensity of the faith that Muslims have in Allah (SWT).
The story goes that Allah (SWT) came to the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) in a dream and commanded him to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail (AS). Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son were both unquestioning in their obedience to their Creator and climbed up to the top of Mount Arafat. There, the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) bound his sons’ feet and blindfolded his own eyes on Ismail’s (AS) request. Upon completing the task, Prophet Ibrahim (AS) removed his blindfold to see the body of a dead ram lying in the place of Ismail, who was standing unharmed next to his father.
This story illustrates the absolute faith that the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) had in the word of his Creator, to the degree that he was prepared to sacrifice that which was dearest to him. Allah (SWT) rewarded this faith by saving his son and sacrificing the ram in his place. During Eid ul-Adha, Muslims the world over perform the act of Qurbani, or sacrifice, to celebrate this faith.
Qurbani is an obligatory act for all Muslims who are of sound mind and have a disposable income that exceeds their essential needs. Performing Qurbani is an important lesson in the importance of devotion and obedience to the Creator and keeps in mind the fact that Eid ul-Adha is more than a family celebration.
There are strict rules that govern how to distribute Qurbani meat in the UK, and worldwide. Because the slaughter of meat is strictly controlled, many Muslims in the UK choose to donate their Qurbani through charities such as UK Islamic Mission to ensure that their contribution reaches those most in need.
Qurbani Eid 2022 donations through UK Islamic Mission can be made at any time during the Hajj leading up to Eid ul-Adha, but rest assured that the sacrifice will only be carried out during the three days of Eid ul-Adha in accordance with Qurbani rules.
We also guarantee that all Qurbani rules are precisely followed. For example, all livestock is selected for its age, quality, and health. UK Islamic Mission works with local farmers and shepherds in countries all over the world to make sure all animals are slaughtered according to halal tradition, and that the meat is divided equally.
This sacrifice ensures that Muslim communities around the world who are struggling with poverty, homelessness, and hunger can have access to nutritious food and join in with the Eid-ul-Adha celebrations despite their lack of resources.
There are many stories like that of Ayman, a Syrian refugee who lost his work due to Covid -19 and has been unable to support his family of seven. After receiving his Qurbani donation from a UK donor, he said: “This Qurbani meat will help us cooking for about two weeks. We will make meals and soup with it. This puts a smile on my loved ones’ faces. We give our prayers and appreciation for you.”
Asiya from Bangladesh is a widow with two daughters. Sadly, one of her daughters died due to poverty and hunger. Asiya depends completely on her brother, but he too has been out of work due to Covid-19. As a result, Asiya was forced into domestic work simply to put food on the table. After receiving her Qurbani donation from a UK donor Asiya sent us this message: “I will taste some meat almost after one year… I am very happy. May Allah (SWT) bless you guys for feeding me meat. I am a poor lady… may Allah (SWT) listen to my prayers for you”.
Mother of five Em Ahmad lost her husband during the Syrian war and has struggled to support her family ever since. She said, upon receiving her donation of Qurbani meat: “You help me and my family by drawing the smile on my kids’ faces. Thank you from all our hearts.”
Help your brothers and sisters join the global Ummah in celebrating n 2022 Eid ul-Adha and donate your Qurbani with the UK Islamic Mission this year.
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