Can a Muslim do Fariza-e-Qurbani on behalf of his deceased parents?

Qurbani is the graceful act every Muslim man and woman wants to perform on 10th of Zil-Hijjah. It is indeed pleasurable to know that the act of Qurbani is’farz’ upon every man and woman. Apart from this, Muslim can also perform Qurbani from behalf of their deceased parents. It will help in deletion of their sins before the emergence of the Day of Judgment when they would appear to be accountable in front of Allah (S.W.T.).
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Usually sadiqah-e-jariah, contribution in charity, recitation of the Quranic verses and ayaats are the acts one individual Muslim can perform so that his/her deceased father or mother would get benefit (Sawaab). But we are thankful to Allah (S.W.T.) that He made the instructions for Qurbani flexible enough that both alive and dead Muslims would earn Ajar-o-Sawaab by slaughtering their bought Halal animal to fulfill the purpose the Qurbani.
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Muslim son can carry out Qurbani on behalf of his expired parents. Muslim woman would have to follow the same instructions. If she is married then she has to ask his husband so that his husband would carry out Qurbani for her deceased parents. If he doesn’t allow her then she couldn’t perform this act. But if   is single or married and she earns money, if she wants to perform Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi for her parents then she is allowed to do so.

Among the months of Islamic calendar, the last month of Zil-Hijja is the most blessed of them. It is advised to recite specific aurado-wazaif and to offer ‘Nafl’ Namaz from the 1st of Zil-Hijja till 13th of the month. This should be kept in mind that ‘Fariza-e-Qurbani’ is only applicable to those Muslim brothers and sisters who have gone through the stage of Puberty.

It is especially advised to the Muslim Ummah to follow this act if they want their deceased beloved to receive bestowed blessings from Allah (S.W.T.) wherever they are after they had played their roles upon the stage of the world. Our beloved Prophet whom we also call as ‘Companion of Allah (S.W.T.)’ AND Hazrat Ismail has done a great of kindness towards humanity and Muslim Ummah.
Source by Pak Qurbani.

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Does the husband have to pay for his wife’s qurbani, or is she legally responsible to pay for herself in hajj?

Qurbani is obligatory on every Muslim regardless of their gender be it male or female they have to perform this sacred act in order to prove of their submission to ALLAH’s will and command. Everyone has to pay for their qurbani animal if they have reached puberty. However, it is the husband or father who can pay for their wife and children (not reached puberty) respectively.
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If wife doesn’t have the required amount i.e. 613.35 grams of silver or any kind of wealth which is equivalent to it then it affirms that she is solely dependent on his husband for her maintenance and thus husband should pay for her wife’s qurbani. Similarly, it is with the children who are still looked after by their parents i.e. they are dependent but have reached the age of puberty then also father can perform the same role aforementioned for the husband. Father or husband, if they both can afford the expense of another qurbani other than their own, can perform this act on behalf of the dependent wife and his children. For this he will be definitely rewarded as it is his right to safeguard and take responsibility of them all.
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Similar would be the case with the couple at Hajj where it is also permissible while performing qurbani that if wife is sahib-e-nisaab i.e.  She is wealthy enough to pay for her qurbani animal then she should do so. Otherwise it will not be wrong if asks of her husband to perform qurbani on her behalf as well.

It is thus concluded that qurbani cannot be neglected in any case except the conditions which make the laws lenient and easy-going when a Muslim cannot perform qurbani or when he wants to perform but is unaware of the rules that are to be followed prerequisite to qurbani at Hajj or simply at his own place.Resource by Pak Qurbani.

Other Types of Qurbani: Aqueeqa for a New Born Child

The Qurbani which is most famous and popular among the rest is the slaughter of animal at the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. However, there are other qurbani types too i.e Sadqa and Aqueeqa.

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Sadqa is given as to save the person from any calamity which can harm him or take away his/her life. In it animal or even some part of its meat can be distributed among the ones who are particularly nominated to be the ones who can eat the meat distributed as to fulfill the conventions for sadqa.

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On the other hand it is aqueeqa which is related to the new born child who is a blessing from ALLAH Almighty and thus Aqeeqa has to be performed as to free the Chile from impurities. It is also said that it makes the child obedient to his parents or inhibits the troubles or hardships that he will have to bear or pass through in his life. It has many explanations stated by great religious scholars. Most effectively it had been performed by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) on the birth of his grandsons Hassan and Hussain.

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It is actually the removal or shaving off the newborn’s head and distributing meat of an animal which is as elucidated by our Last Prophet. Hazrat Aisha (R.A) narrates that “The Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam instructed us to sacrifice two goats in favor of a boy and one goat in favor of a girl.”(TIRMIDHI). It is advised to perform the act of shaving off the child on the 7th day after his birth which can be simplified by putting it this way that if the child was born on Monday then on Sunday Aqueeqa is to be performed. And if it was Tuesday then Monday will be the day on which by name of the child the animal be it a sheep or goat which is healthy and qualifies for qurbani, it should not be weak or sick, and must be one year old or looks healthy enough to be sacrificed as passing off to be one year old.

Thus Aqueeqa if not possible for the guardians or the ones who will be responsible to look after the child are not to take loan or ask someone else to pay for his/her Aqueeqa. If they can then they should follow what our religion teaches and demands to perform specifically on the seventh day after the child opens his eyes in the real world around him.  

Online Qurbani Services Offered By Pak Qurbani

Donate QurbaniQurbani is what is termed Wajib (obligatory) on a person who conforms completely to the requirements prescribed in the Islamic law for which he is suitable or in the basic sense of the word ELIGIBLE to perform qurbani to please ALLAH.

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Muslims who live in far flung areas i.e. in places or in countries where they are either not facilitated with a place to perform animal slaughter at such an auspicious event as Eid-ul-Adha, or they are forbidden by the authorities of that region not to practice their Islamic ritual peacefully, in both the cases online qurbani has eased away all the troubles and turbulent times that our Muslim brothers had to face. PakQurbani has taken the initiative well on time when Eid is near at its arrival and people are looking for their qurbani animal as to slaughter the best animal for the sake of ALLAH. However, at PakQurbani you will not have to bother about the animal and the meat to be cut hygienically. Once you give PakQurbani the hold of everything by just paying for the Qurbani animal by Credit Card or via Western Union/ MoneyGram, then it’s their responsibility to perform Qurbani by your name and deliver meat to some specified Pick-up points from where their customers can easily collect it.

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Their service is quite effective as for their team mates are available 24/7 to reply to your queries and questions. Moreover, the most unique part of their service is that they wait up to the 5th day of Eid for any of your designated or chosen person to whom you have asked to collect qurbani meat from the mentioned place at their website. If in case the meat is left with us them and the customer doesn’t arrive to take it with him then this portion of meat will be delivered to the welfare organizations serving the destitute and poor beings or itself the PakQurbani team will donate it to the deserving populace.

Source by : PRLog ( Online Qurbani ) Article

Qurbani: Before and After in Pakistan

The Pros and Cons of Qurbani in Pakistan

10th Zil-Hajj of Islamic calendar marks the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha all over the muslim world. It is an even of great religious fervor and jubilation. In Pakistan Baqr Eid, as some call it, is celebrated with huge excitement. The preparations for the festive occasion starts well in advance with the animals for sacrifice being the star attraction. People of all ages, mostly children wait anxiously for this event all year as they enjoy it the most.

As mentioned above, the animals for sacrifice especially cows, bulls and goats are bought by people to perform the sacrificial act is offered to God in the remembrance of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S who tried to sacrifice his son to Allah. The meat is largely distributed among the relatives and needy people who can’t afford to buy or eat meat during the whole year.
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Temporary cattle markets are setup across the length and breadth of the country from where the people buy goats, sheep, cows, camels, etc to sacrifice. This business is a major source of income for many industries, for example, the skin of animals are used in the leather industry for making shoes and other items related to leather.
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The Season for Children to Rejoice

For at least 10 days or so, there is a festive environment all over the country. The animals for sacrifice are decorated and kept with great care. Children especially enjoy these days with taking care of those animals and take them for a ride and making sure they eat a lot of food and drink water so that they remain fit and healthy right till the day of sacrifice.
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The Adverse Aspects of Qurbani in Pakistan

But there is a downside amid all the fun and festive mood. People tend to block the streets and even main thoroughfares that cause much nuisance and hardship to people who use these to commute. This is mainly done in the name of security but there is no justification for causing trouble to other peoples for your sake. Another negative aspect is the litter and waste that spreads all over the area where the animals are kept. This is perhaps lack of common sense and care for the other people which cause these hardships for others.

And once the sacrificial act is done, there is more garbage on the streets and everywhere in Pakistan. The leftovers of animals after they are slaughtered are dumped onto the streets and open areas making the whole area polluted with pungent smell prevailing for many days. But people do bear these one or two negative aspects as this a religious obligation for every muslim to sacrifice animals if he has enough disposable money.

Division of the meat and what it Entails

The Significance of Division of Meat on Eid-ul-Adha

Division of Meat on Eid-ul-AdhaWith the last month of the Islamic month comes one of the two holiest events that are Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha. The auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha is synonyms with the meat of cows, bulls and other sacrificial animals in Pakistan. As the slaughter of animals in such a huge quantity is done, the abundance of meat is obvious. Most of the meat is distributed among the poor and needy people who can’t afford the meat during any part of the year because of the exorbitant prices across the country.

People from all walks of life and regardless of their social status and class participate whole heartedly in distributing meat to the poor people. The meat is divided among the needy people chiefly by wealthy and affluent people in their homes as dozens of sacrificial animals are slaughtered there. They distribute meat in large quantities and no one leaves empty handed from their houses.

Role of NGOs in Division of Meat

Role of NGOs in Division of MeatThere are several Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) all over the country which helps too in distribution and division of meat in a systematic form. They achieve this feat through donations which they collect from Pakistan and from people who send their donation from all over the world. Pakistanis residing in the Gulf countries, U.K and the USA send the bulk of amount. Even after the animals are sacrificed, the skins of these animals are a vital source of income for these NGOs as well as many local mosques, religious institute, etc collecting these from people to sell them to factories who convert it into leather.

The Responsibility of Government  

All the distribution and division of meat from Qurbani is done from the private sector and from the ordinary people on their own. There is no mechanism from the government side to facilitate the poor and needy people so that they can also celebrate this festive occasion with joy. Even there is no checking mechanism from the government regarding the prices of the animals that are bought by people for the purpose of sacrifice. This is also a big factor why many people who otherwise will also take part in the process of sacrifice are left with no choice but to rely on the meat distributed by affluent and wealthy people.

So it is clear from the discussion above that the division of meat is not done in a systematic manner and so this entails a clear message that this should be done so that the poor and needy people would also enjoy this occasion.

Qurbani: Human Rights and Vegetarian Perspective

Eid-ul-Adha commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s [pbuh] unconditional submission to the Allah. He [pbuh] was willing to sacrifice his son Ismail [pbuh] after God commanded him [pbuh] to do so in a dream. Moments before Ibrahim [pbuh] could sacrifice Ismail [pbuh], Allah sent down a lamb in his place. The act of Qurbani symbolizes one’s willingness to submit to Allah’s will, to make self-sacrifice, even if it doesn’t correspond to our personal rulebook.

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But animal rights activists are unable to understand this. They’re campaigning for ritual sacrifices to be banned and point to animal rights abuses that occur under the disguise of religion. While Muslim scholars dismiss this as anti-Islamic propaganda some site it as a legitimate concern. At some point Australia stopped exporting cattle to Egypt ahead of the Eid-ul-Adha, citing video footage of animal cruelty. This included sheep being strapped to the roofs of cars, dumped into trunks for transporting and mass slaughtered on the streets in plain sight of other animals queuing to be killed. Such practices are violation of the Islamic laws of sacrificing—quickly, with minimum pain and out of sight of other animals.

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In many Muslim countries, ritual animal sacrifices are permitted as a hands-on experience of Eid. But for Muslims who are vegetarian, the sacrifice is hardly acceptable. For some people it’s challenging having to reconcile religious duty with personal choice. Thus as an alternative they give money to a charitable organization which performs the sacrifice on their behalf. Similar concerns about the inhumane treatment of animals and belief in the sanctity of all life have prompted some Muslims to adopt a vegetarian diet. They don’t view slaughtering as obligatory and prefer to demonstrate their faith in other ways like distribute money or food packages to the poor on their behalf. Others who have become vegetarian for health and moral reasons voice that even though they do not practice this ritual there are lots of things they do practice in Islam.

Irrespective what rights activists or vegetarians say, Qurbani is obligatory for Muslims adults if they meet the conditions laid down by Allah.

Online Qurbani – a pathway to Charity as well

Muslims all over the world want to sacrifice animal at the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha as to celebrate the Sunnah of our Prophet (P.B.U.H). However, some feel the urge to distribute meat of the qurbani animal as to please ALLAH and in making the destitute and downtrodden beings happy at this event.

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People who very much want to share their qurbani meat with the poor ones can now easily be benefited by the online qurbani whereby registering their qurbani at a trustworthy site which will enable them to enjoy Eid peacefully at their homes without ever worrying about the animal, its slaughtering expense, the hygienic and healthy way of cutting the animal’s meat etc. All this will be the responsibility of the website owners and employees to satisfy their customer’s needs and requirements and following them according to the way they like it to be conducted. These sites send the qurbani meat to such welfare organizations where sufferers of poverty are treated well, and this act is only executed either when the customer does not pick up qurbani meat or else he had simply instructed them to deliver the meat to such institutions.

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In this way the desire of Muslims to feed the poverty stricken half our society can be easily fulfilled and no stress will be for you to deal with. In a way you can now make your Eid a safe, healthy and contented one for you and particularly for others as well by the inception of such websites in the online business. Moreover, if Muslims try looking at the other side of the coin too then it is apparent that for whose gratification Muslims strive all their lives i.e. ALLAH, HE will also be appreciative of this human act in which the poor are also made equal partners to share, eat and express their joy for HIS blessings at this holy and sacred event.

Online Purchase of Qurbani Animals: Changing Trends in Challenging Times

Innovations in the online market or rather if we say; Experiments conducted to upgrade the popularity of online business have brought a great deal of customers to this mode. For instance, the purchase of sacrificial (Qurbani) animal has gained popularity as it is found to be the most convenient way of buying an animal for the ceremonious day of Eid-ul-Adha.

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Benefits of an Online purchase, when weighed with that of the strain one has to take in going to the animal markets, spending countless exhausting hours, bargaining for the one you have finally chosen and then taking the trouble of loading the animal to bring it home, proves comfortable, quick and may be effortless too (if you find an animal that fits your financial range from the very first website that you survey). The animals being sold on the online forums are though expensive however, it is worth that price because it saves your time, fuel expense, energy and the stressful wandering that you would have to do for it. There are even some websites that provide you the complete on whole details of the animals with their display pictures on their WebPages, such as its weight, age, teeth etc.  Moreover, if customers want to see the animal for themselves i.e. the farms where these animals are being brought up or fed at then they are also provided with the opportunity to look and decide as it is a very sacred matter and the website owners want to maintain their position as the most trusted one in the business of Online Qurbani.

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The guarantee which any buyer anticipates in an online dealer is the guarantee of the animal’s health and the assurance that the one they have chosen, only that would be delivered at their place. If trust and proper governance will be put in the online market then this can facilitate a lot who are eager to take advantage from this medium and save time for themselves.

Hajj and Qurbani: The Essence of Eid-ul-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha (also popularly known as the Festival of Sacrifice) is a time of remembrance of the trials of Prophet Ibrahim [pbuh]. These annual three-day celebration marks the historical events that took place thousands of years ago during the time of Prophet Ibrahim [pbuh] while laying the foundation for Hajj and Qurbani.

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  • As commanded by Allah Prophet Ibrahim [pbuh] escorted his wife, Hajar, and his infant son Ismail [pbuh], to a deserted valley in Arabia and left them there. Hajar, concerned about feeding her baby, began searching the surroundings for food and water. She saw a water spring around Marwah hill from the distance. But by the time she got there, there was no water. Again, she saw a water spring around Safa hill, but by the time she got there, there was no water either. This act of Hajar running from Safa to Marwah back and forth for 7 times, is one of the main rituals of Hajj which pilgrims have to perform and is called Sa’i.
  • Finally tired she collapsed beside Ismail and prayed to ALLAH. Ismail struck his foot on the ground causing a spring of water to gush forth from the earth. The spring which miraculously gushed forth at Ismail’s feet never stops gushing and continuously gushing for thousands of years up to now, called Zamzam. During Hajj Muslims drink from the same well.

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  • Ibrahim [pbuh] returned to Mecca after ten years to meet his wife and son Ismail [pbuh]. This reunion was followed by a divine dream where he saw himself sacrificing his son Ismail [pbuh] for Allah’s sake. When he told this to Ismail [pbuh], he immediately asked his father to carry out Allah’s commands. But miraculously, when Ibrahim was about to sacrifice Ismail, Allah replaced him with a lamb. The sacrifice of an animal (also properly known as Qurbani) in Mina during Hajj and by Muslims around the world is a mark of this deed.

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  • Allah further instructed Ibrahim [pbuh] and Ismail [pbuh] to raise the foundations of Kaaba, an empty cube shaped building, the most sacred Muslim shrine, which the Muslims face during their prayers (Salat). Tawaf (circling of Kaaba) is one of the main rituals of Hajj. Then after circling the Kaaba, a Muslim prays behind the stone on which Ibrahim stood to build the Kaaba.
  • The last ritual of Hajj, the stoning of the stone pillars at Mina exemplifies Ibrahim and Ismail’s rejection of satanic temptations to prevent them from carrying out Allah’s command.