Prophet Ibrahim (as) (May the blessings of Allah be upon him) did not waver an iota when he saw the visions from Allah swt in his dreams to sacrifice his beloved son and passed the test with flying colours. Equally, his son was unflinching in his devotion to Allah swt and encouraged his father to carry out the order without delay. This sacrifice and devotion is commemorated annually as part of the rites of Hajj.
Eid ul Adha follows the day of Arafat or Hajj and is a special day in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for festivities when men, women and children dress up in their finest clothes to perform the Eid prayer. They prepare delicious foods and visit friends and relatives to exchange gifts and enjoy the day with their loved ones.
A Muslim who can afford to do this is obliged to sacrifice an animal such as a goat or sheep as a symbol and out of respect for Ibrahim’s (as) willingness to sacrifice his son. The sacrificed animal is commonly known as a Qurbani or a sacrifice and the meat is then divided into three equal shares and distributed to family and friends but more importantly to the poor and needy. Millions of animals are slaughtered across the world during this period and the charitable practices of the Muslim community ensures that with concerted effort no impoverished person goes wanting for meat during the Eid ul Adha days.
So, the poor and needy will eat well for a few days in the year but what about the rest of the time? How can the poor and needy get out of the poverty trap and also become people who do the Qurbani themselves and be of the distributors of the meat rather than the recipients?
Education is the key!
Education provides individuals with opportunities to secure employment and sustain their families as they earn a decent living using the literacy and numeracy that they have learnt in schools and colleges. There are many hundreds of thousands of people that are not able to educate their children and the perpetual vicious circle that they find themselves in passes on to their offspring:
No Education >>>>> Limited Opportunities >>>>> Hardship in Life.
So, as you put your new clothes on or sit down to a grand meal or see the delight in the faces of your children as they enjoy their presents on Eid day, remember the needy and less fortunate and do something that helps them help themselves. Help them out of the vicious circle they find themselves in by sponsoring their education to help them forge a brighter future for themselves. This is what READ Foundation do – find out how you can help by visiting