The Prophetic Qurbani
The Prophet (saw) said:
‘Whoever revives a Sunnah of mine that dies out after I am gone, he will have a reward equivalent to that of those among the people who act upon it, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest’.
By adding a Prophetic Qurbani to your own sacrifice, you will be providing food for even more needy families and refugees, many of whom will enjoy a meal with meat only on the days of Eid-ul-Adha. Qurbani was prescribed as a symbol of sacrifice made by a servant to Allah. It is an act of obedience as well as an expression of gratitude for all the blessings Allah (swt) has provided for us. Qurban is a means to extend the good relationship with relatives, neighbours, guests and fellow Muslims. The slaughter then becomes a phenomenon of happiness and gratitude for every blessing Allah has given to human beings, and so it is a highly recommended expression of thanking God for His bounty:
“But the bounty of the Lord - rehearse and proclaim (by thanking Him)” (Ad-Dhuhaa - 93: 11)
Qurbani is an affirmation for everything we have received from Allah (swt). The animal created by Allah is indeed a blessing for human beings and that He has allowed them to slaughter it for them to eat. In fact, the slaughter is a way to approach Him. Making Qurbani is a devotion most beloved by Allah on Nahr day (the day of sacrifice), as narrated in a hadith by At-Tirmidzi from ‘Aisyah (pbuh) that the Prophet once said:
“The son of Adam does not perform any action on the day of sacrifice that is more endearing to Allah than the sacrifice of animals; the animal will come on the Day of Resurrection with its hair, horns and hooves (for reward). Verily the blood has reached Allah before it drops to the ground. So make yourselves purified therewith.
This year, why not revive this neglected Sunnah? Give a prophetic Qurbani abroad or in SA, with the intention of following the Sunnah, feeding the poor and gaining Allah’s (swt) reward, all from just R695!