The Qurbani Connection Anecdotes

We asked you to tell us about how connected/ disconnected you are to your Qurbani, or maybe how a standard day of Eid-ul-Adha is for you, or to simply recall an important Qurbani memory in a paragraph of around five sentences. Here are your responses. #TheQurbaniConnection 

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“The practice of Qurbani represents a moment of both commemoration and renewal. Commemoration in the sense of acknowledging and honouring the deep faith of Sayyidina Ibrahim A.S and Isma’il A.S. And, yet, it’s also a time to renew my own faith – if one man was willing to sacrifice his son for his Beloved then what about me? As I cut through the animal while remembering God, that animal represents everything I hold dear and that quick slicing motion represents my willingness to strive and sacrifice myself and of myself for my Beloved. ”
– @AnwarJhetam, 27, student, Lenasia #TheQurbaniConnection


“Qurbani means ‘sacrifice’ in the languages of the Indopak territories. To me, Qurbani serves as a poignant reminder that attaining anything precious requires a sacrifice. Above all precious things, a connection to Allah is a most precious gift. In developing that connection, many self-sacrifices have to be made. A big lesson: the external sacrifice I offer on the days of Qurbani or Udhiyya should make me pause and reflect on my spiritual and internal place – is it one of willing sacrifice for Allah, like Ebrahim and Ismaeel (as) offered?”
– Ml Sulaimaan Ravat, media presenter, Lenasia #TheQurbaniConnection


“I do not feel the need to make Qurbani this year because not only am I disconnected from my Qurbani but because I am also disconnected from my faith. The only reason why I made Qurbani in previous years is because I felt scared that God would make things even worse for me if I did not comply… But now I look around me and see all these people that comply with the sacrifice and nothing gets better for them, they are just tried tested and teased more, myself included. Besides, there are members within my household that will make the sacrifice anyways so… ”
– Disconnected Muslim, Analyst, 24, South Africa #TheQurbaniConnection


“I remember my beloved grandmother making soap. The day after Eid-ul-Adha, Ma placed fat from the Qurbani animal in a large pot on an open fire. I am not sure what else Ma added to the fat, but she stirred the mixture and set it out in bars to dry. This soap was then used for domestic household use.
Home executive, 60, Johannesburg #TheQurbaniConnection



“My family used to run a shop in Beestekraal, rural North West. The eid-ul-adha morning started off with the Qurbani of one goat immediately after fajr-before-dawn prayers. We would cut off two whole legs of this carcass, and then drive to my uncles in Havanna (Sansdrift), Soutpansdrift and Rooikoppies. Here we would swop the legs of our Qurbani with the legs of Qurbanis that they did. Thereafter, we would continue to Brits and read our Eid salaah in the masjid. We would leave our swopped Qurbani legs for the Brits “town” family, who did not as yet start slaughtering, and return to Beestekraal. We would then slaughter another six goats and slice them. The majority of the meat would be packed in brown paper bags and distributed in Brits on the same day. We would keep some meat for ourselves. Having no electricity and no deep freezer, we would store the meat for a short while in our “pinchroo”. This is like a “cooler” cupboard made of mesh wire and wood. We would make “khormoo”, which is like indian biltong, from a lot of this meat that we kept. The meat is chopped in small pieces, spiced, cooked and then fried. This preserved the meat, especially if the meat was kept in enough oil and ghee.”
Mohamed Cassim Essop Areff, bicycle shop owner, 78, Lenasia #TheQurbaniConnection


“…the sacrifice of the day of ‘Īd is supposed to signify something higher than the taming of our baser desires; it signifies the willingness to commit the best in and of ourselves to our Creator.”


– Na’eem Jeenah and Shamima Shaikh, from the book “Journey of Discovery: A South African Hajj” #TheQurbaniConnection


When I was younger, like 5 or 6, we kept the sheep in a pen at my grandparents’ house. They broke out of the pen and tried to get in to our house. It was funnier than it sounds.
– Student, 18, South Africa #TheQurbaniConnection


Qurbani reminds us of the responsibilities and sacrifices that are due upon us as Khalifat-ul-Ard, stewards of the earth. An essential step for Muslims is to treat the sacrificial animals humanely. We and the animals are part of one natural system.
– Urban Development Researcher, 32, Cape Town #TheQurbaniConnection


We always make sure that our children experience the Qurbani. They learn that the meat on their plates does not simply come from the butcher or supermarket. It comes from a living animal that Allah SWT has created and sustained through the resources of our world.
Hibernating Teacher, 53, Rustenburg #TheQurbaniConnection


One year, I particularly remember how they slaughtered a bull. They used that cage-looking-thing that turned him on to his side.
Stay-at-home mum. 24. Roodepoort, Johannesburg #TheQurbaniConnection


Teach your children the basic skills — slaughtering, skinning, slicing, sorting, packing and distributing of the meat. Remind them of the etiquette they need to show the animals, their family, their friends and all people in their community.
Ustadha, North-West Province #TheQurbaniConnection


The sacrifice provides us with food and clothing — important reminders of our connection and dependence on the natural ecosystems of our world.
Policy and Research Officer, Western Cape #TheQurbaniConnection

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