The Prophet (saw) was known to be “more generous than the nourishing wind” (Bukhari). One of the ways His (saw) generosity would manifest was during Eid Al-Adha, when he would offer a second Qurbani alongside his own, “for the one who could not sacrifice from his ummah, one who bore witness to the Oneness of Allah and [his] Prophethood” (Tabarani and Ahmad). The tradition started by the Prophet (saw) became known as ‘The Prophetic Qurbani’.
‘The Prophetic Qurbani’ is the Qurbani we still practice today every Eid al-Adha and it is important for us to not only make our intentions sincere, but also to keep in mind the rich history behind Qurbani.
An element of the Prophetic Qurbani which we should be keeping alive is the practice of sacrificing a second animal on behalf of those who cannot afford it.
This was a Sunnah his Sahabah would also follow, as Anas bin Malik said, ‘The Prophet (saw) used to sacrifice two rams, and I also sacrifice two rams’. (Bukhari)
Why not revive this beautiful Sunnah and give an extra Qurbani? There is wisdom in everything the Prophet (saw) did and immense reward in reviving his Sunnah. Furthermore, giving an extra Qurbani means even more families in need will benefit.
In poverty-stricken communities, meat is an unaffordable luxury and so it is a joyous occasion when they can enjoy the generosity of a Prophetic Qurbani. So not only will you be doubling your reward and the impact of your donation by giving a Prophetic Qurbani.
Together, let us spread the word about the untold story of Qurbani and revive a neglected Sunnah this year.