Why Do We Perform Qurbani Today?
“And the camels and cattle We have appointed for you as among the symbols of Allah; for you therein is good. So mention the name of Allah upon them when lined up [for sacrifice]; and when they are [lifeless] on their sides, then eat from them and feed the needy and the beggar. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may be grateful.”
Muslims around the world perform Qurbani every year to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) sacrifice, to honour his utter devotion to Allah (SWT) and to seek nearness with Allah (SWT).
Qurbani must be performed following Hajj during the festival of Eid ul-Adha, in Dhul Hijjah, the final month of the Islamic calendar. It involves the practice of slaughtering a livestock animal and then sharing its meat into three equal parts – one for the individual performing Qurbani, one for their family and friends, and a third for the poor. Every eligible Muslim must perform Qurbani, although the head of the household may perform Qurbani on behalf of each individual within the household.
Performing Qurbani enables us to remember the sacrifices that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Ismael (AS) made atop Mount Arafat all those years ago, encouraging us to learn from their selfless deed to inspire obedience and dedication in our own lives.
We must always remember to obey Allah’s (SWT) wishes without pause or question. We must always submit to Him and keep the Five Pillars of Islam in mind throughout our daily lives, reciting the Shahadah, offering Salat, paying Zakat, performing Sawm, and completing Hajj. In addition to all the additional acts of kindness, generosity and compassion that we carry out in the name of Allah (SWT).
You can find out more about Qurbani here or, alternatively, discover the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions around Qurbani.