Qurbani is an annual ritual for Muslims across the world and a remarkably holy time in the Islamic calendar. Qurbani means sacrifice. Muslims devote animals to Allah during the period of Eid ul Adha in honour of the memory regarding the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son for the will of Allah. Moreover, this post is about how to split the meat of Qurbani.
History of Qurbani
One night Prophet Ibrahim (AS) experienced a dream in which he was ordered to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail (AS). After waking up, he understood that it was a message and a command from Allah. Without any hesitation, he prepared his son for the sacrifice. Ibrahim (AS) loved his son affectionately yet this was no barrier to sacrificing his son for the will of Allah.
At the last moment, Allah replaced Ibrahim’s son with a ram and Ismail (AS) was unharmed. Allah tested Ibrahim’s faith to see his dedication to the creator. Ibrahim (AS) successfully passed the test and his devotion was rewarded by Allah. From that day onward, every Eid al-Adha once a year, Muslims slaughter an animal to celebrate Ibrahim’s (AS) sacrifice.
How to Split Qurbani Meat?
Generally, we all know about the rule of how to divide Qurbani meat in Islam. Meat from Qurbani animals should be equally distributed in three parts-
- One part for the person who sacrificed the animal
- One part to be shared out among their family, friends and neighbors who are in need
- One part to be given to those who are poor and helpless
In Surah Al-Haz, it is mentioned that:
“So make them stand (at the time of sacrifice) and pronounce the name of Allah over them, and when they fall down on their sides (after they are slaughtered), eat from them and also feed them who do not ask and those who ask.”
Qurbani is a chance for sacrifice and it can teach us so many things about our world, our faith, and our relationship with Allah- an ultimate expression of the meaning of the word ‘Islam’.