The Month of Dhul-Hijjah
Dhul-Hijjah is the 12th month of the Lunar Islamic calendar. The First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in the Islamic calendar. The Holy Prophet (saw) has said, "One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the "Lailatul-Qadr". (Sunan Tirmidhi, Book of Fasting, Chapter 52)
May Allah give us chance to benefit from this wonderful opportunity!
Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice or Greater Eid)
It 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). In traditional or agrarian settings, each family would sacrifice a domestic animal, such as a cow, sheep, goat, or camel, by slaughter. The meat would then be divided into three equal parts to be distributed to others. The family eats one third, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the other third is given to the poor & needy as a gift.
This day of Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah. This year it will fall on Tuesday the 15th of October according to the moon sighting in Saudi Arabia.
Facts about Qurbani/Udhiyah (Qurbani or Udhiyah is an Arabic word for "sacrifice")
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) was asked. What is Qurbani (Udhiyah)? 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)
EZ Qurbani (Carried out by ICNA Relief on your behalf)
Call (718) 658-7028 or (866) 354-0102 or click here to donate your Qurbani.
We offer Qurbani domestically to give meat to poor and needy in our neighborhood. Here are some compelling reasons why you should offer your qurbani through ICNA Relief
- We will offer the qurbani in the name you specify, which will be mentioned at the time of slaughter.
- The meat from your sacrifice will be distributed to the poor and needy communities, including widows and orphans.
We start distributing the fresh meat immediately on the days of Eid.
|Last year, we were able to distribute meat to more than 4,500 needy families in a nationwide distribution. This year, ICNA Relief looks to collect meat to feed more than 8,000 needy families, twice the amount of last year's goal.|
Schedule for meat drop off points and distribution points will be posted soon.