Qurbani, or Udhiyah in Arabic, means sacrifice. Every year Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, a sheep, a cow or a camel – to reflect Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for the sake of God. This sacrifice commemorates the actions of the Prophet Ibrahim (as), when he was prepared to sacrifice his beloved son Isma’il (as) after seeing in a dream that Allah wanted him to do so. However, the dream was a test from Allah, and He sent down a ram from heaven to be sacrificed in Isma’il’s (as) place.
By sacrificing an animal each year, we are confirming that we are willing to sacrifice whatever Allah asks of us and to submit to Him completely.
With Eid ul Adha around the corner, we must remember that everyone should experience the joy of Eid. Eid is for the poor, the rich, the orphan, the widow, the have and the have-nots. As for us, we have an obligation to provide our Udhiya/Qurbani, and as for the less fortunate, they have the right to a blessed, joyous Eid celebration made possible through your donation. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran: In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy: therein let them rejoice. (Yunus 10:58).