The 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah is from amongst the holiest days of the year. A day in which we should all make an effort to dedicate some time for worship, asking forgiveness, and requesting our needs.
Amongst the emphasized acts of worship during these holy days is for those who can, to sacrifice an animal with the intention of seeking nearness to Allah (SWT).
Why Sacrifice an Animal?
While we know that this is an act that is demanded by Allah (SWT) which is enough for us to perform Qurbani, there are many practical benefits as well:
While meat has become a plentiful resource in our country, in many places it still very expensive. Many families can go all year without meat because of the high cost. Your donation helps provide these individuals with fresh meat in these holy days.
Your Qurbani is a tool by which the most poverty stricken, sick, elderly and those in need are visited. We look for people in the most urgent need to provide them support. In the days of Eid these visits with gifts are welcome in every household, even amongst the most needy. Allowing them to share in the joy of Eid and being able to celebrate is one of the ways that we check in on families with support.
We always work to support local businesses and economy. All animals are bought locally from vendors and slaughtered and delivered through local resources. This brings your Qurbani to help not just the people who receive the meat, but the local markets as well. Your donation improves the lives of many!
Piety in the Eyes of Allah (SWT)
لَنْ يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَٰكِنْ يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَىٰ مِنْكُمْ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ سَخَّرَهَا لَكُمْ لِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُحْسِنِينَ[22:37]
There does not reach Allah their flesh nor their blood, but to Him is acceptable the guarding (against evil) on your part; thus has He made them subservient to you, that you may magnify Allah because He has guided you aright; and give good news to those who do good (to others).
As it is mentioned in the Quran, Allah (SWT) wishes to see your efforts in his way, and as such offering a sacrifice in the days of Hajj is how we attain proximity to our Creator and do goodness for people in need.
There’s still time to offer Qurbani this year!
Take advantage of the special window of these holy days! All Qurbani processed today will be offered in the days of Eid and support people most urgently in need. Help us make an impact to people in need around the world!
With Salaams and duas in these auspicious days:
Sh. Bilal Hussain & the Zahra Trust USA team.