Dhul-Hijjah is upon us, a truly special time of the year where Muslims from all around the world can ask forgiveness from Allah for any potential shortcomings they may have had. Fasting is also sunnah during the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah. Bringing with it the equivalent reward to that of staying up during Laylatul Qadr, it’s really that powerful.
“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days.” (Bukhari)
As the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah draw to a close, and we complete our ninth fast, our attention turns to one of the most blessed, joyful and celebrated days of the year, Eid al-Adha. With the arrival of Eid al-Adha comes the reason we celebrate, Qurban. The act of offering Qurban is obligatory for all Muslims and carries with it a powerful significance, but just what is that significance?
Offering Qurban isn’t just a chance to celebrate Eid-al-Adha, it’s a period of remembrance, remembering the sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim made to Allah in his willingness to forgo his son in the name of Allah. It is during this holy period that we should remember those less fortunate, and exercise our willingness to bring them joy during this special time.
Donating your Qurban is about more than just providing meat to a family in need. It’s about recognising the importance of not being attached to worldly desires, and truly submitting ourselves to the will of Allah. Acknowledging that there is nothing more important than attaining Allah’s love and a special place in the Hereafter.
Prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son to fulfil Allah’s wish, no greater sacrifice for a parent. This shows us just that, Allah seeks only our love and in return gifts us with his boundless mercy, which we should never take for granted.
To visit our Qurban page to donate, please visit: https://www.qurban.islamic-relief.com.au/donate-now/