The word udhiyah means an animal of the ‘an’aam class (i.e., camel, cow, sheep or goat) that is slaughtered during the days of Eid al-Adha and Qurbani is an Urdu and Persian word derived from the Arabic word “Qurban” which literally means an act performed to seek Allah’s pleasure. On Eid Ul Adha, which marks the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the Muslim world celebrates and honors the tradition of the Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him).
- Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone]. Al Quran Al Kareem 108:2
- Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.” Al Quran Al Kareem: 6:162
- It was narrated from al-Baraa’ ibn ‘Aazib (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever offers a sacrifice after the prayer has completed his rituals (of Eid) and has followed the way of the Muslims.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5545.
- The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said concerning the udhiyah: “Eat some, store some and give some in charity.” Narrated by Muslim (1971).
Muslims all over the world observe Udhiyah or Qurbani by sacrificing of livestock and sharing meat to the less fortunate. This act of sharing is considered as a gift to many people in need all over the globe. Udhiya gives us the means to provide meat to communities suffering from food deprivation where meat is considered a very special gift, if not a luxury.
Let us pull our resources together and help the economically deprived children, women and families all over the world by making a donation to these very needy and oppressed from our Udhiyah obligation. And when you donate, you’ll know that you’re helping the needy enjoy their Eid too.