With Qurbani 1437 just days away, much excitement has set in. Preparations are underway, knives are being sent for sharpening, butchers are readying themselves for the influx of meat, and families are setting themselves up for a day of sacrificial slaughtering.

The blood stained clothes, the stench-filled yard, the sight of children equally terrified and fascinated by having animals in their midst are all part of the Ibadah of Qurbani.

But there is more significance to it than it being a day of commemoration: HazratAaisha (RadhiyallahuAnha) reports that Rasulullah (SallallahuAlayhiWasallam) said:

“The son of Adam (Alayhis Salaam) does not perform any action on the day of Nahr (EidulAdha) which is more beloved to Allah Ta’ala than causing the blood (of the Qurbani animals) to flow”(MishkaatulMasaabih Vol.1 Pg.128).

If you haven’t considered taking an active part in the Qurbani perhaps the above hadith could prove as reason enough to recognize the significance in doing so. After all, the reward thereof is yours to keep.

 

 

How should the animal be treated?

Try to be as humane to the animal as possible.

Essentially they should be provided with:

  • Clean drinking water
  • Feed for animal consumption. Inadequate feed can cause the death of the animal.

 

Speak to your livestock dealer with regards to feeds that are suitable as certain grasses, if eaten in excess, can cause bloating and in some cases the death of the animal.

 

Where should the animal be kept?

Fresh open air is more apt for the animal that being cooped up in a garage.

If you do have a back yard rather keep them there.

Wooden pellets are easily available and can be used as fencing. It is essential to remember that wrong material used (for fencing) could either injure the animal or enable it to break loose.

 

How do we begin preparing for the actual slaughtering?

On the authority of Abu Y’alaaShaddadibnAws (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who said: “Verily, Allah has prescribed excellence in all things. Thus, if you kill, kill in a good manner. If you slaughter, slaughter in a good manner. Each of you should sharpen his blade and spare suffering to the animal he is slaughtering”. [Muslim]

The amount of stress an animal goes through prior to slaughtering affects the quality of the meat. If you have just one animal that is being slaughtered, seek out people in your neighbouring vicinity who are slaughtering as well. A lone animal becomes very scared in comparison to when it is in the company of a few other animals of its kind.

As far as possible do not let the one animal see the other animal being slaughtered. When you come down to the last animal, it is preferable to slaughter them as swiftly as possible. It makes it easier for the animal.

The Do’s and Don’t of transportation?

Try to stay away from black bags and newspapers. Newspapers tend to stick to the meat as this poses problematic. Make sure the carcass is hosed off before it is stored. This ensures that any dirt on the animal is removed and this will not cause any form of decomposition.

There are many complaints attached to the stench that emits from the Qurbaani meat, however, this is as a result of the meat not being hosed of properly after having been skinned. It is important to maintain hygiene even in such an instance.

Hazrat Ali (R.A) reports that Rasulullah (S.A.w) said to Hazrat Fatimah (R.A):

“O Fatimah! Go and witness your Qurbani, because the first drop of blood that falls from it causes all your sins to be forgiven. On the Day of Qiyamah, this animal will be brought with its blood and flesh and will be placed on your scale increasing it seventy times more.

Hazrat Abu Saeed (R.A) after hearing of the great blessing asked Rasulullah (S.A.W) whether this great favour was only for the family of Rasulullah (S.A.W) because they are more worthy of this good action or is it for the family of Rasulullah (S.A.W) and the entire Muslim Ummat?   Rasulullah (S.A.W) replied that it is for both the descendants of Rasulullah (S.A.W) and the entire Ummah.”