As Eid-ul-Adha comes closer Muslims start preparing themselves for the big celebration. We buy new clothes, while wives, sisters, daughters and mothers acquire recipe books to cook delicious foods and children plan to collect Eidi to buy sweets. However, sometimes individuals forget about the basic things which they need to do during this time.
If you are planning on spending a lot of money on throwing Eid celebration party but not performing Udhiya, you are forgetting about the obligation that has been put on us by Allah (SWT). All the well-settled Muslims who can afford an Udhiya should not spend all of their money on the celebrations of Eid-ul-Adha but focus on buying an animal for Sacrifice. After all, the purpose of Eid-ul-Adha is to make sacrifice for the will of Allah (SWT).
If you bought new clothes and accessories to decorate your house because you couldn’t afford to perform Udhiya but didn’t give any donation; you didn’t fulfil your responsibility. Islam teaches about helping out others in need and inviting the helpless and needy to our celebrations. If we cannot afford to buy an animal for sacrifice we surely can give some charity to those who cannot even eat adequate food on the blessed day of Eid-ul-Adha. By helping the poor and needy we will not only play our part as good human beings but also will become a recipient of Allah’s blessings.
Lastly, if you are planning on keeping all the Qurbani meat for yourself or distribute among your relatives or friends, you are not doing what is being taught to us by the Prophets of Allah (SWT). You have to distribute a big part of the animal’s meat to the poor and needy.
Knowing what is Qurbani or how to perform it is not enough. One has to make sure that he is involving other people in the celebrations, especially those who have no one to invite them to such celebrations. This will not only please Allah (SWT) but will provide a deep satisfaction to each and every one of us who decide to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha the way it should be celebrated.