Saturday, 24 September 2011
The Process of Qurbani
We go to the enclosure set apart for Qurbani and perform the rite. We must say BISMILLAHI, ALLAHU AKBAR. ALLAHUMMA MIN'KA VA LA'KA and we must see that the animal's face is towards the Holy Ka’abah. Qurbani is a must for the Qiraan Hajis and it is optional for others.
A sheep or goat is the unit of Qurbani, for each individual. Seven hajis can come together and give as Qurbani, one camel or one cattle, male or female. This category of livestock is considered equal to seven sheep.
The person performing the rite must mention the names of the Hajis who have paid for the animals and then sacrifice the animal for Allah.
Men go for a haircut or a total shave of the head. Women cut away an inch length from their hair.
Now we have come out of Ih’raam. We have a bath and put on normal dress. Except for conjugal relations, all prohibitions of Ih’raam are now over.
We go to Makkathul Mukarramah for Thawaaf-e-Ifaadah (also known as Thawaaf-e-Ziarat) at the Holy Baithullah and come back to Mina for rest and prayers.
Qurbani: In Mina, there is a special enclosure for this rite. Livestock (sheep, lambs and camels) brought in for sacrifice are grouped there for our purchase.
We must do the Qurbani in the sheds erected for the purpose. Here trained people are available for processing the meat after sacrifice. The stalls are kept clean and the requisite facilities and plentiful water are available.
The three days of our stay in Mina are characterized "the days for drying sacrificial meat".
This implies that the meat of the animals sacrificed must be eaten by us, distributed to the poor and also dried in the sun and taken home, if possible. A little effort and expense undertaken in this behalf will bring us good rewards, both delicious meat and liver dishes and spiritual fulfillment at a duty well done.
It may be noted that the meat of animals sacrificed as "dhumm" is not to be eaten. "Dhumm" is the penalty for contravening the prohibitions of Ih’raam. Even hair lost when we were in I’hraam, could render us liable for this.
For those who cannot afford the 'dhumm' sacrifice, it is permissible to observe ten days' fast instead. At least three days' fasting should be observed in the Haj season.
This is best done on the days preceding Arafaath Day. The remaining seven days' fast must be observed after returning home.