With the days of Hajj upon us and Eid Ul Adha just a stone throws away, many intend to make the sacrifice of Qurbani this year, but find themselves in extraordinary times living among the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are uncertain how to perform the Qurbani under the lockdown restrictions.
VOC News spoke with SANZAF 1st Deputy National Chairperson, Moulana Hassim Cassiem who stipulated the details about the importance of Qurbani and its safety protocols during the global pandemic.
Hadith. “There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Qiyamah with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed on a persons good deeds). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart.” Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has recorded the first Hadith in question in his Sunan on the authority of Sayyidatuna ‘Aishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) and has declared it sound (hasan).
Ml. Cassiem advised not to be concerned about the price of the cattle that would be purchased but rather on the virtue it holds.
“Qurbaani means to get closer to Allah SWT,” said Ml. Cassiem.
“Charity will not decrease your wealth, in actual fact it will increase in your wealth,” said Ml. Cassiem on whether a person should get a cheaper or more expensive animal for sacrifice.
Cassiem further reminded Muslims that everything that is done for the Almighty should be done to the best of its ability.
“It’s not about the meat, or the blood it’s the intention and the willingness to follow Allah’s commandments and if we really loved Allah as much as we claim we do we would give Allah of our best,” said Ml. Cassiem.
“Doing good removes the anger of Allah,” answered Cassiem when asked about dealing with the global coronavirus pandemic.
“Sadaqah removes calamity and even though we find ourselves with economic constraints we should give even more so we may draw closer to Allah and He may remove us from the condition we find ourselves in globally,” encouraged Cassiem.
Ml. Cassiem advised those planning to perform qurban to follow the rules stipulated by the government that ensure covid-19 safety protocols are adhered to.
“You can go to a Qurbani farm, or even slaughter in your own homes if that is your prerogative and observe social distancing. You can still perform your Qurbani properly without inviting the whole world to come and view it,” smiled Cassiem.