Eid-al-Adha 2015: 6 Tips for Buying an Animal for Qurbani
Hajj, the annual Pilgrimage to Mecca, is an obligatory ibadah for every Muslim who possesses the financial as well as physical means and resources to perform it. On the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, the pilgrims congregate in the plains of Mount Arafah to worship their mighty Creator (SWT). A day after, Hajjaj offer animal sacrifices in remembrance of Ibrahimi Sunnah. Once the Hajj is completed, Muslims from every nook and corner of the world celebrate Eid-al-Adha. While commemorating the trials, tribulations, temptations and triumph endured by Prophet Ibrahim, Muslims slaughter a lamb, goat, ram, sheep, camel, cow or any other permissible animal on Eid-al-Adha and give the meat to their friends, neighbours, relatives and the needy. Purchase of sacrificial animals is not a trivial task by any stretch of imagination. With Eid-al-Adha just around the corner, let us share with you a few tips that would facilitate you enormously in your pursuit for accomplishing this apparently cumbersome task of buying an ideal animal for this year’s Qurbani.
1 – Judiciously Decide What to Sacrifice?
With the rampant rise in modern-day inflation rates, as soon as the time for Eid-al-Adha approaches, the prices of animals go sky high and become virtually unreachable for an ordinary man. So this is the point in time where the middle class bourgeoisie have to find an answer for the all important question “What to sacrifice and what is the price range that is affordable?”. You should plan before-hand on this issue; keeping your financial and materialistic resources in perspective. If you want to opt for a cost-effective solution to this query, then combined qurbani could well prove to be your route to redemption.
2 – Meticulously Select Your Cattle Market
After having rummaged through all your savings in your pockets and bank accounts, if you do decide to go through with the purchase of a sacrificial animal, then the next stop is the Cattle Market. Do check with your mates, friends and relatives about the cattle markets in your vicinity to get a better idea of the quality and prices of animals housed there. Obviously, a number of factors such as the increasing gasoline prices, ease in getting to the market and bringing back the purchased animal back home etc. will have a significant role to play in your final decision. Anyways, try and gather multiple recommendations from your surroundings to better help you decide. Keep all options opened!
3 – Conduct a Rigorous Market Analysis
You now know what animal you want to purchase and you have a fair idea of the affordable price range in your mind as well. You have also selected your preferred cattle market. Once you set foot in the market, it’s time for some in-depth market research! Visit the various stalls and get hang of the deals on offer. Try and work out a comparison shopping strategy while keeping a close eye on your monetary resources at hand. You will be better off performing some bargaining on the way as well so that you can get to know final prices and do not have to waste your energies haggling over the animal you have finally chosen.
4 – Choose the Animal After Thorough Examination
A lot of caution has to be put in while determining the weight, age, teeth and health of the animal. It is important to note that all halal quadrupeds can be offered in sacrifice. But a goat or sheep that is not even a year old cannot be sacrificed unless it is so strong and healthy that it looks like a year old. If one is sacrificing a cow then it must not be younger than two years, and as for the camels, the age limit is five years. It must also be ensured that the animal being sacrificed is not defective in anyway. Scrutinize their eyes, tails, horns, teeth in detail! Once you are satisfied with the appropriateness of the animal, go on with the deal in accordance with the previously bargained price.
5 – Get Your Sacrificial Animal Loaded
Now that you have finally purchased the animal that you will be sacrificing on the revered occasion of Eid-al-Adha, it’s time to go home. If you have sufficient space in your vehicle then get your animal loaded on it and off you go. However, in case you don’t, then look for a carriage vehicle in the cattle market to transport the animal to your home. Once again use your skills in bargaining to seal the deal. The personnel associated with the carriage vehicle will load the animal and will follow you right down to your home.
6 – Go Online
If you have been going through some really hectic schedules and can extract no time to carry out the aforementioned practices, or if you prefer a hassle-free and convenient mode of purchasing an animal, then Online Shopping is the way to go. Such web platforms allow the customers to buy qurbani animals by weight and offer really flexible modes of payment as well. They also provide efficient slaughter services.
Finally, it is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself has nothing to do with atoning for our sins. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran, “It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37). Hence, it is our virtue and good deeds that Allah (SWT) desires from us. No matter how much effort we put in, in buying our animal for qurbani, our ultimate goal must always remain to seek the pleasure of our Creator (SWT).