Why Qurbani/Udhiya is So Much More Than Meat

The first 10 days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah are some of those most blessed days of the year. When you commit to giving Qurbani/Udhiya during this time, you make a world of difference.

As another Ramadan slips further into the past, many of us start to lose some of the gains that were made during that blessed month of mercy. But have no fear—the 10 blessed days of Dhu al-Hijjah are here!

That’s right—the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) 10 days of Al-Adha [Dhu al-Hijjah].” How wonderful is it that just as one blessed time ends, another on opens up?

One of the most well-known deeds to do during this month is to give meat to those in need, known as Qurbani/Udhiya. This simple act commemorates the willingness by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Prophet Ismail (AS) to sacrifice for the sake of God. At the same time, it’s a practical application of the most basic principle of Islam: feeding the hungry.

So Much More Than Meat

Do you never miss a year of giving Qurbani/Udhiya? Or have you never given before, and want to know more?

Either way, the most important thing to consider is that when act to give Qurbani to a family in need through Islamic Relief USA, you’re giving so much more than just a gift of meat. Here’s how:

  • NUTRITION—You’re bringing critical nutritional relief to some of the world’s most impoverished communities (like Yemen or Somalia)
  • JOY—You’re spreading joy during Eid season because for many, the Qurbani/Udhiya meat they receive is the only meat they eat all year.
  • DEVELOPMENT—You’re playing a role in a holistic approach to development—did you know that in Niger, Islamic Relief USA partners with women entrepreneurs to raise and care for the livestock used for Qurbani donations, creating an additional source of livelihood?
  • NEARNESS TO GOD—You’re growing nearer to God through choosing to do a good deed that is beloved to Him.

There you have it. So when you give your Qurbani donation this year and the next, be proud that you are part of a beautiful cycle of nutrition, joy, development, and nearness to God.

An early Eid al-Adha Mubarak from all of us at Islamic Relief USA!

Article written by:

Kelly is part of the Communications & External Relations team at Islamic Relief USA.

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