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The 9th day of Zulhijjah

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Saturday, 08 December 2007 14:37

The 9th day of Zulhijjah is called 'Youmul - "Arafah' (The Day of 'Arafah). This is the date when the Hujjaj (Haji pilgrims, plural of Haajj) assemble on the plain of 'Arafat, six miles away from Makkah al-Mukarramah, where they perform the most essential part of the prescribed duties of hajj, namely, the 'Wuqoof of'Arafat (the stay in 'Arafat).

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Slaughter or Sacrifice?

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Saturday, 08 December 2007 14:35

"Ibrahim was indeed a model devoutly obedient to Allâh, true in faith and he joined not gods with Allah" (16:20)

Ibrahim alayhis salam is distinguished in the Qur'ân as the intimate friend of Allâh and a model for humanity. His entire life was a journey of unquestioned obedience, undying love, and unparalleled struggle. He was ostracized by his own family, flung into a blazing fire, and banished from his homeland. Eventually Allâh granted him a son, a son to help him and accompany him in his old age, a companion, a source of hope and security, the fruit of his life, and a reward for a century of suffering. Ismail u being the promise of future generations was the whole world of Ibrahim alayhis salam. Ultimately, Ibrahim alayhis salam was instructed to place the knife on the neck of his beloved son. It is this sunnah of Ibrahim u that we emulate every year on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.

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Qurbani Masaa'il

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Saturday, 08 December 2007 14:33

  • Qurbaani is Wajib (necessary) on a person on whom Sadqe-e-Fitr is wajib.
  • Qurbaani is not necessary upon a traveller.
  • The days of Qurbaani begin from the 10th after Eid salaat up to sunset of the 12th Zil-Hijjah. The sacrifice may be made during the course of these three days. It is however, best to slaughter on the day of Nahr (Eid-ul-Adha), then on the 11th and thereafter on the 12th day till sunset only.
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    The Spirit of Qurbani

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    Saturday, 08 December 2007 14:32

    "It is not their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is your Taqwa that reaches Him." (Surah Hajj)

    Ibraheem (Alayhis Salaam) had two alternatives: either to follow the cry of his heart or to submit to the call of his Creator. He chose to submit. Qurbani, therefore is not a monetary Ibadah or a duty that is discharged in distant poor countries. Qurbani is a personal experience, an intimate and emotional encounter, an intimate occurrence made real by the oozing of blood.

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    Qurbani & the Battlefield of Faith

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    Saturday, 08 December 2007 14:30

    Ibrahim (Alyhis Salaam) abandoned his life of solitude to confront a world steeped in tyranny and rebellion against Allâh. He boldly challenged the icons of power and openly denounced falsehood, which pitted him in a grim struggle against the barons of deceit, disbelief, evil, and injustice. He was ostracised by his father, banished from his homeland, flung into the fire by Nimrûd and physically threatened for raising the banner of truth. At every stage during this long and heart-rending struggle between truth and falsehood, Ibrahim (Alayhis Salaam) displayed the fortitude of a devout and obedient slave of Allâh who braved the unending flow of oppression and terror. He became a stranger within his own home, a refugee in his own country, and a dissident within the religious elite.

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