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Thursday, 30 July 2020

A Compassionate Qurbani

Muslim Hands

Over the last few years, we have started to think about what we eat and where our food comes from. There has especially been a big push towards eating clean and green and supporting ethical farming practices.

It may be a new trend in the Western world, but conscious eating is nothing new in Islam.

Halal and Tayyib

Allah (swt) commands in the Holy Quran, that Muslims must eat meat that is both halal and tayyib.

Tayyib literally means to be good, pure, wholesome, and gentle. while halal ensure the animal is slaughtered in the correct way and is permissible for Muslims to eat, Tayyib ensures the meats are healthy, nutritious, and good for us.

As Muslims, we tend to place more emphasis on meat being halal, and sometimes forget about tayyib, but it is just as important. In fact, in the Quran, Allah (swt) mentions both concepts together so it is important that we consume meat that is both halal and tayyib.

A lot of the meat that we eat today is often the product of intensive and unnatural farming methods. as Muslims, we should refrain from purchasing livestock that has been farmed in poor conditions, or those who have been mistreated, as this is not considered halal or tayyib.

At Muslim Hands, we go the extra mile to make sure that the sacrifice you make is both halal and tayyib. We use local, healthy animals for your Qurbani, cared for by local farmers Malawi, Niger, Kashmir, and Yemen. 

Part of eating Tayyib is knowing that the animals we consume are healthy and free of disease, hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals at the time of slaughter. Many of our farmers will have looked after their animals for months before Qurbani, ensuring they are well-fed, watered, and treated with compassion.

Your Qurbani donations support the hard work of these farmers by ensuring that they have an income and receive a fair price for their animals, in line with fair trade best practices. Being compensated fairly gives these farmers the means to look after the animals well and prevents them from cutting corners to make profits.

We also ensure that your sacrifice is made under strict Islamic guidelines – we do not inflict unnecessary pain on the animal at the time of slaughter. Instead, every animal is slaughtered quickly, with a sharp knife to minimize pain, and away from the sight and hearing of other animals.

Our animal-loving Prophet (saw)

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) encouraged his followers to live on less and to worship the Creator by being merciful to His creations, including plants, trees, and animals.

Imam Bukhari reported that when the Prophet (saw) was asked if there is a reward for us in serving the animals, the Prophet (saw) replied, “There is a reward for serving any living being.”.

The Prophet (saw) was especially fond of all animals, including birds, sea creatures, and insects, and encouraged us to treat them with respect and kindness. He forbade the practice of cutting tails and manes of horses, branding animals at any soft spot, and keeping horses saddled unnecessarily.

If He (saw) saw an animal over-burdened or ill-fed, He (saw) would speak to the owner and say,

“Fear God in your treatment of animals.”(Abu Dawood)

This Eid-ul-Adha, make sure that your Qurbani is both Halal and Tayyib

With prices starting from as little as R850, giving your Qurbani through Muslim Hands means you can be reassured that your sacrifice will be both halal and tayyib as well as affordable.


Muslim Hands ZA

Established in 1996, Muslim Hands South Africa is an aid agency and NGO aiming to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. It is a branch of Muslim Hands UK established in 1993 in Nottingham.