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Sacrifice

14th September, 2015

Qurbani follows the annual Hajj (pilgrimage). The word Qurbani means the sacrifice and slaughter of an animal for Allah. The meat of the animal is usually then distributed three ways; one portion amongst family, one amongst neighbours and one amongst those in need. Qurbani can also be donated via charities such as Islamic Help, in order to reach those in need around the world.

Qurbani is performed on Eid-ul-Adha, which is sometimes referred to as ‘Big Eid’ or the ‘Greater Eid’ (the other is Eid ul Fitr at the end of Ramadan) and follows the completion of Hajj.

Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam; meaning it is obligatory for a Muslim to perform Hajj. The other four pillars are Faith (in Allah SWT), Salaah (prayers), Zakat (charity) and Sawm (fasting). These five pillars complete the foundation of being a Muslim.

Amongst us, there are many people who have had the privilege to perform their Hajj, and also amongst us, there are many who will be performing their Hajj very soon, inshallah.

However, can you imagine how amazing it would feel to send an orphan on a pilgrimage? Umrah, which is a non-obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina and much shorter than Hajj, is a gift beyond some of these orphans’ dreams.

That’s why Islamic Help launched its new project, called Umrah for Orphans; where you can send an orphan to Umrah for just a one-off donation of £400. Alternatively, you can also sponsor an orphan from £360; or even both.

Your payments can even be divided into monthly instalments for ease.

Imagine the reward you will get for increasing the faith and religion in a child’s heart. Send an orphan to Umrah with islamichelp.org.uk.

Remember, charity doesn’t begin and end at specific times such as Ramadan and Qurbani, charity is needed all year round. The word charity doesn’t mean just monetary donations, your time and effort is just as valuable to those who need our help, so feel free to help and volunteer today.

May Allah SWT reward all your good deeds and actions. Ameen.