Giving Aid during Eid (ul-Adha)
What does it mean to sacrifice?
Throughout a very whirlwind pandemic-ridden year - and it still continues to impact our daily lives right now - we’ve all made different sacrifices, both big or small. So many people have lost so much this year and the last, and everyday we are constantly reminded of things we should be blessed to have. (And most of the time, we need to remind ourselves of our blessings).
To still have family and health intact, is in itself a true blessing and gift. Especially celebrating Eid with your family by your side.
But what about those who are celebrating without having essential provisions? What about those who, in times like these especially, need our help?
We are welcoming Eid ul-Adha in just a few more days, and we figure it’s a good time to highlight one of the most important traditions in Eid ul-Adha - helping those in need.
It is our individual responsibility - one that we will be rewarded for immensely - to come forward and help the people in our communities who are struggling.
Let us, as Muslims, make an effort to help others celebrate this Eid. Let’s make a small sacrifice that will leave a big, lasting impact on those receiving our help.
Qurban meat gets donated to people who can’t afford meat or do not have the opportunity to enjoy meat as often as we do.
Not all Muslims sacrifice an animal themselves. Alternatively, they can buy special meat from shops and donate that meat. They can also donate money to organisations that do qurban on behalf of them.
Additionally, you can also simply reach out to those around you. Is there a family in your neighbourhood that you haven’t seen in a while? Or someone you know of that could do with some new provisions or daily essentials. While some aren’t able to venture out of their houses - due to sickness or COVID-19 restrictions, some are also in dire need of money.
The pandemic has forced some people to make different sacrifices - whether it’s their job, time or something else.
Reach out to them. Even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life.
All these ways honour the story of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) Taking care of others and showing compassion is an important part of being a Muslim.
"Feed the poor, double your Rewards"
As the rewards of acting upon good intentions during the 10 blessed days of Zulhijjah are significantly increased, we should be hurrying to give as much as we can. Allah honoured our charity and described it as ‘a beautiful loan to Allah’ - by doing something good that He loves, He will reward us doubly.
Let’s take this opportunity to share our blessings, especially to those who need it the most.
May Allah s.w.t reward us for all our good intentions and deeds.
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