Zulhijjah: Embracing the Sunnah of Qurban and Charitable Giving

zulhijjah Month

As the sacred month of Zulhijjah unfolds, Muslims around the world embark on a spiritual journey marked by devotion, sacrifice, and gratitude. This month holds a deep significance in Islam, encapsulating moments of reflection, worship, and selflessness. At the heart of Zulhijjah lies the practice of Qurban, a tradition deeply rooted in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW, symbolizing sacrifice and obedience to Allah.

 

Historical Significance of Zulhijjah

Historical Significance of Zulhijjah

Zulhijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is known for its critical events in Islamic history. The tradition of Qurban originates from the story of Prophet Ibrahim A.S., who, in his dream, Allah commanded to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail A.S., as a test of his faith and obedience. However, just as Prophet Ibrahim A.S was about to carry out the sacrifice, Allah, in His infinite mercy, sent a ram to be sacrificed instead. Muslims commemorate this act of compassion and obedience every year during Aidiladha by sacrificing an animal, such as a sheep, goat, cow, or camel, and distributing the meat among family, friends, and the needy, emphasizing the importance of charity and community.

 

Culmination of Hajj and the Day of Arafah

Culmination of Hajj and the Day of Arafah

Zulhijjah also marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage, a profound expression of faith where millions of Muslims gather in Mecca to perform rites ordained by Allah, such as entering a state of Ihram, circling the Kaaba (Tawaf), walking between Safa and Marwah (Sa’i), and standing in prayer at Arafah, which Prophet Muhammad SAW emphasized the importance of Arafah by stating, “Hajj is Arafah” (Sunan Ibn Majah) and “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of Arafah” (Sahih Muslim). This day, occurring on the 9th of Zulhijjah, is also significant for non-pilgrims who fast to expiate sins of the past and coming years. These rituals emphasize equality, unity, and devotion, encouraging Muslims to reflect, seek mercy, and renew their faith and commitment to Islamic principles.

 

The Sunnah Practice of Qurban

The Sunnah Practice of Qurban

Central to the observance of Zulhijjah is the tradition of Qurban, or Udhiyah, where Muslims sacrifice an animal, such as a sheep, goat, cow, or camel. The meat is divided into three parts: one for the family, one for relatives and friends, and one for the less fortunate. This distribution is crucial as it directly translates the spirit of sacrifice into a tangible form of charity that immediately benefits the community. By sharing the Qurban meat with those who are less privileged, the act serves as a powerful reminder of the social responsibilities that Muslims have towards alleviating hardship and hunger in their community. The act of Qurban therefore becomes a means to cultivate hope among those who are most in need, providing not just nourishment, but a symbol of solidarity and communal support.

The Prophet Muhammad SAW emphasized the importance of caring for the needy. He said:

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

sadaqah

Thus, Qurban is not only a ritual of faith but a proactive step towards social equity, designed to spread hope and provide support to those who need it most. It embodies the Islamic ethos that wealth is a trust from Allah, which must be used responsibly to uplift the entire community. Through Qurban, Muslims have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of the impoverished, underscoring the universal values of empathy, generosity, and communal.

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Expanding the Practice of Qurban

Don’t Miss Your Daily Dhikr

Beyond performing Qurban during Zulhijjah, Muslims can extend their charitable acts by embracing other forms of giving, such as Aqiqah, Nazar, or Sadaqah. Aqiqah involves the sacrifice of an animal upon the birth of a child, symbolizing gratitude for the gift of new life and seeking Allah’s blessings for the newborn. Nazar entails fulfilling a vow or oath by offering a sacrifice, expressing devotion and reliance on Allah’s grace. Moreover, Sadaqah, or voluntary charity, serves as a means to purify wealth and uplift those in need. By contributing to charitable causes, individuals not only fulfill their religious obligations but also foster a culture of empathy, solidarity, and social responsibility within their communities.

 

Making a Difference through Charity

Making Sadaqah Part of Your Routine

In the spirit of giving, initiatives like Project Infaq Maqam Habib Noh exemplify the transformative impact of collective charity. Founded on the principles of compassion and service, this project aims to preserve and refurbish the Maqam of Habib Noh, a beloved heritage site. Through donations and sponsorships, individuals can support the enhancement and uplift of this significant spiritual landmark, a spiritual oasis in the city, ensuring it remains a place of solace and inspiration for future generations.

By performing your Qurban in Indonesia with Masjid Haji Muhd Salleh @ Habib Noh, you not only fulfill a sacred duty but also contribute to the preservation of this heritage landmark. With just $199 for a sheep, your Qurban, Aqiqah, Nazar, or Sadaqah will have a dual impact, supporting both the needy and the refurbishment project.

As the blessed month of Zulhijjah unfolds, let us embrace the Sunnah of Qurban and extend our generosity to those in need. By practicing acts of charity, we not only honor the legacy of Prophet Ibrahim A.S but also reaffirm our commitment to serving humanity and seeking Allah’s pleasure. As a community, let us strive to make a meaningful impact, uplift the vulnerable, and embody the spirit of compassion and solidarity that defines our faith.

 

For more information or to participate in the Qurban project, please visit our website link here🡪 https://www.hjmuhdsalleh.org.sg/qurban/. May Allah SWT bless you with abundant rewards in this life and the hereafter, Insya Allah.