Special Gift

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Gifting is not only an expression of love – it is a means of creating and enhancing love. When a person gives a gift, his simple gesture conveys the sentiments of appreciating and honouring the one who is receiving the gift. Hence, when one receives a gift, the love for the one giving the gift is automatically enhanced as one values the sentiment and effort behind the gift.

Just as people give gifts to one another during their lifetime, it is possible to give a ‘gift’ to a person after his demise as well – through conveying the reward of a good deed to the person.

Since the occasion of qurbaani has once again arrived, it is the ideal opportunity, for those who have the means, to carry out nafl qurbaani and convey the reward to their deceased parents, spouse, siblings, asaatizah, etc.

It has been narrated from Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that he would slaughter two rams (on the occasion of qurbaani); one for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the other for himself. When he was asked the reason for doing this, he replied, “He (i.e. Nabi [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam]) instructed me to do this, so I will never leave it.” (Sunan Tirmizi #1495)

Similarly, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was the embodiment of compassion and love for his Ummah, and hence Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself slaughtered an animal for qurbaani and conveyed the reward to his Ummah.

Sayyiduna Jaabir bin ‘Abdillah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions that two large, castrated rams, which had horns and were black and white in colour, were brought to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). While slaughtering the second animal he said, “Bismillah Allahu Akbar! This is from Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his Ummah, those who testify to Your oneness and those who testify that I have conveyed the message.” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #5969)

Being the Ummatis (followers) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), we should not only convey rewards to our deceased relatives, but should also try to gift the reward of our nafl actions to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

In fact, if one is able to do so, one should try to dedicate the reward of a separate animal for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), in which no other person has a share, as this will be showing due honour and respect to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). In doing so, one will undoubtedly please the blessed heart of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and enhance the love.

May Allah Ta‘ala make every one of us His beloved and the beloved of His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

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