ACTNews, JAKARTA – In less than a month, Eid-ul-Adha celebration, known also as Eid-ul-Qurban, will arrive. However, are you ready to welcome it?
After learning about the wisdoms and meanings of qurbani, one will probably be motivated to perform this special act of worship. Performing qurbani is about proving our piety to Allah. Before we pweform qurbani, it is wise for us to first learn the rulings of performing qurbani.
Ustaz Zulfikarullah, an Indonesian Muslim scholar, explained that there are several different opinions on whether qurbani is an obligatory or a supererogatory act of worship. The scholars of the Shafii, Hanbali, and Maliki schools of Islamic jurisprudence consider qurbani to be a Sunnah Muakkadah, a supererogatory act of worship which Prophet Muhammad and His Companions had emphasized. Hence, it is strongly recommended for Muslims to do qurbani, especially those who have the ability.
The scholars of Hanafi school of jurisprudence, on the other hand, consider qurbani to be an obligatory act of worship even for those who don’t have the ability to do so, and not doing qurbani would be something strongly frowned upon. “Therefore, for us who have the ability, it is strongly recommended to perform qurbani.
The requirements of the qurbani animals also need to be learned. There are three main requirements for the animals to be accepted as qurbani animals according to the Islamic sharia. The animals need to be goats, sheep, cattle, buffalos or camels. Each type of the animals need to reach the minimum age, and the animals need to be healthy.
“The minimum age requirement varies for each type of the animals: six months for sheep, a year for goats, one or two years for cattle, and three to four years for camels,” explained ustaz Zulfikar.
He continued that the time for doing the sacrifice is after the Eid-ul-Adha prayer, as written in second verse of the 108th chapter of the Quran. “So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone].” It is best for the qurbani animals to be sacrificed on the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of Eid-ul-Adha.
“The most suitable time to sacrifice the animals is on the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah although it is permissible to sacrifice until the third day after Eid-ul-Adha (The Days of Tashreeq),” he added.
With proper understanding regarding the rulings of performing qurbani, ustaz Zulfikar hopes that there will be more Muslims who are motivated to perform qurbani, so that the blessings could reach more areas across Indonesia and around the globe.