The Prophetic Qurbani : Reviving a Forgotten Sunnah
Prophet Muhammed (saw) once said, "Whoever revives a Sunnah of mine that dies out after I am gone, He will indeed have a reward equivalent to that of those among the people who act upon it” [Ibn Majah]
The Prophet Muhammed (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 Prophet (saw) advised his cousin and son-in-law, Ali (ra) to follow it. When Hanash (ra) asked Ali (ra) why he was sacrificing two rams, Ali (ra) replied: “ The messenger of Allah enjoined upon me to sacrifice on his behalf, so that is what I am doing” [Abu Dawud]. This beautiful sunnah gained popularity among the Sahaba (ra) and was continued by the early Muslims.
Today, this beautiful act of generosity is forgotten. As followers of The Messenger of Allah (saw) it is our duty to revive His (saw) Sunnah and carry forward his legacy. The Qur’an tells us the Prophet (saw) is the best example for mankind: ‘There is indeed a good model for you in the Messenger of Allah (saw) (Qur’an 33:21). Therefore, we should take every opportunity to follow His (saw) example to reap rewards.
Like all Sunnah practices, there is divine wisdom and benefit to give an extra Qurbani. The Prophet (saw) said, "None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself." [Bukhari] The extra sacrifice not only allows for more poverty-stricken families to eat nutritious meat, but it also strengthens the ties of brotherhood, encouraging Muslims to be compassionate and generous towards each another, thereby making our Ummah more united.
This Eid Al-Adha, play your part in reviving this forgotten Sunnah. By giving an extra Qurbani, you will not only double your rewards. but you will also ensure your Muslim brothers and sisters will be the beneficiaries of your kindness.
At Muslim Hands, we take your Qurbani orders up until Eid morning and sacrifice healthy animals after Eid Salah. Fresh meat is then distributed to the most vulnerable families during Eid days, ensuring your Qurbani is 100% valid. You can choose to offer your Qurbani in 13 developing countries including Mali, Niger, Pakistan or even in emergency zones like Yemen. Alternatively, you can have the meat distributed where there is a need.
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