It's Qurbani season and many of you may be seeing the phrase 'Prophetic Qurbani' a lot across social media and articles like this one. This phrase refers to the extra Qurbani the Prophet (saw) used to give on the days of Eid.
But what are the rewards and benefits of giving this second Qurbani? What difference will it make to you and others on the days of Eid al-Adha? And why is it even more important to give an extra Qurbani during difficult times?
Here are seven reasons to give an extra, Prophetic Qurbani this year.
1. Follow the Sunnah
The first reason is that the Prophet (saw) used to sacrifice two animals on the days of Eid al-Adha. In addition to his obligatory sacrifice, the Prophet (saw) also sacrificed an animal on behalf of someone from the Ummah who couldn't afford to sacrifice an animal.
‘The Prophet (saw) sacrificed 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]
This extra sacrifice is what we call the Prophetic Qurbani. Many of the Sahabah used to give a Prophetic Qurbani too. Anas bin Malik (ra) said, ‘The Prophet (saw) used to sacrifice two rams, and I also sacrifice two rams’. [Bukhari]
By giving an extra Qurbani this year, you will earn the reward of following the Sunnah.
2. Revive a forgotten Sunnah
Although this Sunnah was continued by the Sahabah, today it has almost been forgotten. How many of us are aware that the Prophet (saw) sacrificed two animals on the days of Eid?
The reward of reviving a forgotten Sunnah is truly immense, as the Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever revives a Sunnah of mine that dies out after I am gone, he will have a reward equivalent to that of those among the people who act upon it, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest’. [Ibn Majah]
The Prophet (saw) is the best example for mankind - ‘There is indeed a good model for you in the Messenger of Allah [saw] - for the one who has hope in Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah profusely’. [Qur’an 33:21]
It is thus important to follow his example and revive his blessed Sunnah.
3. Double your impact
For many impoverished families, Eid al-Adha is the only time of year they will benefit from nutritious meals with meat. Your Qurbani goes first and foremost to widows and orphans, and it is also distributed to impoverished families, refugees and war-torn communities.
The more Qurbanis people give, the more people we are able to feed on the days of Eid. Therefore, don’t just give your Qurbani to one family: feed two families by giving a second Qurbani!
4. Double your reward
And of course, if you feed two families instead of one, you will double your reward! Don't forget that everything you give to the needy brings more goodness to you in this life and the next.
Aisha (ra) narrated that they had slaughtered a sheep, and after distributing it, the Prophet (saw) asked, ‘What remains of it?’ She said, ‘Nothing remains of it except its shoulder’. He (saw) said, ‘All of it remains except its shoulder’. [Tirmidhi]
When you order your Qurbani, don’t forget that everything that you give is an investment in your akhirah, while everything you hold back is a loss, just like the shoulder of that sheep.
By investing in a second Qurbani, you can share your wealth with those less fortunate, and reap the countless rewards Allah has promised.
5. Protect from calamity
It is especially important to increase our rewards during these uncertain times. While your first Qurbani is an obligation, your second Qurbani is a Sadaqah, and it is essential to give Sadaqah during times of crisis.
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity’. [Tirmidhi]
Whatever tests or struggles you are going through in life, giving Sadaqah will help protect you from calamity. It is a way to express our trust in Allah and our faith in His plan, while simultaneously supporting others who are less fortunate than us, such as victims of conflict and disaster.
6. Support farmers during the economic crisis
Small farm-holders are even more dependent on this year's Qurbani to support their families. Communities in third world countries do not have a safety net to protect them from losing income due to the impact of the pandemic, soaring food prices and economic crises - and they need our support.
This year, as always, all our animals are sourced from local farmers, helping to boost the local economy in vulnerable communities.
Now more than ever, it is important to support local farmers by buying animals from them. You can do this by giving an extra Qurbani like the Prophet (saw).
7. Share the blessings of Eid with more families
Ultimately, distributing Qurbani to needy families allows the whole community to celebrate Eid al-Adha, which is one of the best days of the year.
As food prices have risen worldwide, even more people are struggling to support their families, and buying meat on Eid is out of the question. That's why it's even more important to give a Prophetic Qurbani this year, so these families don't miss out on celebrating Eid al-Adha.
'The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever'. [Bukhari]
Your Qurbani is a gesture of kindness, compassion and sympathy, showing impoverished and war-torn communities that their suffering has not been forgotten. It is a way to share the blessings of Eid with those who are struggling in our Ummah, including in Yemen, Syria and Kashmir.
To summarise: giving an extra Qurbani is both following and reviving the Sunnah. You can double your reward and impact, while protecting yourself from calamity. You will also be helping local economies and farmers, while sharing the blessings of Eid with more people from the Ummah.
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