Qurbani Appeal - 2024

“Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).”
(The Holy Qur’an, 108:2)

What is Qurbani?

Qurbani, which is derived from the Arabic word for sacrifice, holds a significant place in the Islamic faith. It is a commemoration of the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS) as an act of obedience to Allah's command. Every year, during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims all over the world perform Qurbani by slaughtering an animal such as a goat, sheep, cow, or camel.

This act symbolizes the devotion and submission to Allah that Prophet Ibrahim and his son exemplified. Despite the profound personal sacrifice that Ibrahim was willing to make, Allah intervened and provided a ram for sacrifice instead. This event underscores the importance of obedience and trust in divine will.

The meat from the sacrificed animal is then distributed among those in need, ensuring that the joy of Eid ul-Adha is shared with the less fortunate. Donating Qurbani is not only highly recommended by scholars but also considered obligatory in certain Islamic schools of thought, particularly the Hanafi Madhab, for those who are financially able.

The continued practice of Qurbani serves as a reminder of Ibrahim's obedience to Allah, and this is why Muslims all over the world are asked to make a sacrifice each year. Your Qurbani donation represents a sacrifice of worldly attachment and a step closer to Allah. By donating to ECHO, you will help the world's most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities enjoy Eid, as this is often the only time many families eat meat throughout the year.

Why do we donate Qurbani?

The act of Qurbani holds significant religious meaning as it represents the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was prepared to make atop Mount Arafat. This year, as you make your Qurbani donation, take a moment to reflect on the courage and dedication that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son, Ismail (AS), showed on that day. Although Allah (SWT) does not ask us to make sacrifices as great as this, the act of Qurbani serves as a reminder of our Creator and the blessings He can give us when we follow His wishes.

  • Share the meat with people in need: Many people who receive donations through ECHO rarely get the treat of meat. Some of them haven't had any since the last Eid al-Adha. Your gift can make a huge difference to them. Also, each donation you make has a significant impact on the fight against hunger. With just one donation, you can feed between 5 and 10 families in need. Masha'Allah! They get the meat, and you get the reward!
  • It's in the Quran: “Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” (The Holy Qur’an, 108:2)
    “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.” (The Holy Qur’an, 22:37)
  • It's in the Sunnah: Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (RA) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stayed in Madinah for 10 years, offering sacrifice (every year on Eid).” (Ahmad and Tirmidhi)
    Al-Baraa’ ibn ‘Aazib (RA) said the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever offers a sacrifice after the prayer has completed his rituals (of Eid) and has followed the way of the Muslims.” (Al-Bukhari)

Who has to give Qurbani?

According to the majority of Muslims, Qurbani is strongly encouraged, and according to the Hanafi school of thought, it is considered obligatory for every mentally sound adult Muslim, regardless of gender, who possesses wealth beyond their necessities. Hence, typically those who meet the criteria for Zakat are required to perform Qurbani.

Qurbani Donation Online

Support ECHO's mission by participating in online Qurbani this year, offering vital sustenance and relief from poverty in regions ravaged by conflict and deprivation. As an act of devotion during Qurbani 2024, partner with ECHO to uplift impoverished lives. Amidst warfare, oppression, destitution, illness, and calamities, numerous individuals grapple with hunger, with meat remaining an elusive luxury. What does Qurbani signify in Islam? Your contribution can nourish the most vulnerable, granting them sustenance for survival.

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