Sacrifice and the tradition

What does UDHIYAH/QURBANi mean to us?

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) was asked, "What is Qurbani (Udhiyah)?" and he replied, "It is the Sunnah of your Father Abraham (Ibrahim). For every hair of the sacrificed animal you receive a reward from your Lord (Tirmidhi).

Eid-ul-Adha is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma'il) as an act of obedience to Allah, but instead was able to sacrifice a ram (by God's command). By following the tradition of Udhiyah/Qurbani muslims reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice of a father and a son, (peace and blessings be upon them) exemplifying complete submission to the Will of God.  We are reminded to follow in their footsteps.  

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Feed the Hungry

It takes only 50 cents to provide a vegetarian meal, and $1.00 for a meal with meat for an adult. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee you will be feeding a hungry person with a satisfying and nutritious meal, which will probably be the only proper meal they eat that day. Encourage your children to put aside 50 cents every day to inculcate this habit of putting aside 50 cents everyday so that they establish a life-long habit of feeding a hungry person every day of their life. What a blessing and what a beautiful tradition.
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'Langar' Public Kitchen

'Langar' is a Persian word, which means a public kitchen established to provide food and drink to the needy.

In one of the Markaz in Islamabad under a simple banner at a corner is a Langar for the refugees and the miskin. The person heading it is hoping some people with generous hearts will book some days so food can be offered once a day every day at this public kitchen as some 125-150 people collect at 6.00 pm to eat here. One such person had already booked all Thursdays (significance of this day as your deeds are taken up) for one full year. Allah gives 'Taufiq' (opportunity, success). ".......and my success (in my task) can only come from Allah. In Him I trust, and unto Him I look. " (Qur'an 11:88)

Commitments are needed. Some days there is food donated otherwise the poor can see when the 'dastarkhwan' (runners to put food on) are not laid on the ground, a sign that there is no food available that evening.

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