A life-giving sacrifice

PAWS EID Campaign 2010

“It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37)

In July and August, the Pakistan floods wiped out 1.2 million large and small animals in Pakistan and left those that survived in poor condition with limited access to food.

For Eid-ul-Azha sacrifice this year, join PAWS and help restore the lives and livelihood of people affected by the floods. Buy a goat – and this year, instead of sacrificing it, send it back to a village to replace what was lost and help people back onto their feet. Goats can provide an ongoing income for families through the sale of milk, ghee, meat and kids, as well as supplement their own diet and agriculture.

Your donation of 12,000 PKR will buy a healthy, local goat and will deliver that goat to a flood refugee in Sindh. This cost includes: purchase of the goat and its delivery to the flood affected family, initial veterinary examination including vaccination and drenching, and high quality fodder for two months (as fodder is not easily available in the areas to where the families are returning).

Send your cheques to: Pakistan Animal Welfare Society
Mailing Address: Office No. 8, Hamilton Court, Complex G-1, Main Clifton Road, Karachi 6, Pakistan. (Please provide a return address and contact number for the receipt of your payment to be sent to you.)

Why not just donate the meat from my sacrifice to a family instead?
A living goat is worth more to a family than the meat from a dead one – it is an ongoing source of income to that family. Also, the logistics of getting meat from its source to people in need means that a lot of meat goes wasted every year.

Where will you buy the goats from?
The goats will be sourced from locals who sell goats every year for sacrifice. The idea is that these sellers shouldn’t lose the annual income they depend on from goat sales, but that the goats purchased will be given to a local family rather than sacrificed. Furthermore, by buying directly from a poor family, the family can benefit from the best value for its goat.

How can I be sure that my goat goes to a family in need?
PAWS is partnering with local NGOs with a proven track record to ensure that every goat donated goes to a deserving family that has been displaced by the floods. You can follow up on your donation by contacting PAWS at the contact details provided below.

Why don’t I just donate money instead of donating a goat?
By donating a goat, you’re ensuring local goat sellers their annual income, and you’re also giving a long-term gift to a family. That family will be able to use the milk and fertilizer produced by the goat and its offspring to help support themselves for years to come.

Doesn’t the Qur’an say that an animal must be sacrificed?
Some people feel strongly that animals should be sacrificed for Eid-ul-Azha. Even if you only donate one of the animals that you would normally offer for sacrifice to a family, you would be making a big contribution to that family’s life.

Note: For logistical reasons, PAWS is only able to provide goats as gifts in place of slaughter. Please don’t let this discourage you from opting for a ‘life-giving sacrifice’ of another animal this year, on your own.

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31 thoughts on “A life-giving sacrifice

  1. What a wonderful idea!
    I will not only contribute but pass this along to vereyone I know!
    I’m proud to know organizations like yourselves exist and and are working deligently to restore our nation and it’s citizens’ lives back to some normalcy.
    Gods speed to all of you!

  2. This is a proper, God-fearing idea. Will our neighbourhood mullah accept this as the most legitimate reason not to hack up the goat?..or will he, in his true high-mightedness condemn this as a new vehicle of the ‘shaitaan’??!!..we have lost the true meaning of ‘sacrifice’..it means to help each other in a disaster..

  3. Now this is what I call following the Religion and not the Rituals…. following and practicing sacrifice and not slaughter
    Its a great idea…. I wont miss the opportunity to contribute!
    keep it up everyone! and May God give people wisdom to understand the ideology behind it!

  4. Asalam o Alaikum,

    Your intention is commendable in helping people from rural areas.

    Unfortunately one cannot substitute qurbani on Eid ul Azha with a Sadqa.

    There is nothing dearer to Allah Taâ’ala during the days of Qurbani than sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of judgment with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart. (Tirmizi, Ibn Majah) from http://www.qurbanionline.com/faq.aspx

    You can send hides/skins to those people. Better to ask a Mufti Scholar.

  5. Listen guys qurbani is wajib from islamic point of view. By donating 12000 Rs will not fulfill the criteria. But yes you can donate all that meat to the needy ones and there is no need of keeping a part to yourself from that meat.

  6. Excellent idea…………will do it…………and for all those people who says qurbani is “wajib” are not correct…….it is sunat-i-Ibrahimi……………and even Hazrat Ibrahim didn’t sacrifice a goat, he actually put his son down on the ground, it was Allah who replaced Hazrat Ismail with the goat. So if you really want to follow the sunat of Hazrat Ibrahim then put your son down (or let your father put you down) on the ground and see if Allah send the goat or not…………..till then just shhhhhhhh

  7. Its an excelent idea , but first may you seek on fatwa on it ,so we can promote it in best possible way.
    with best regards

  8. Great idea – but just a little confused… I thought the sacrificial goats are all male goats that obviously do not provide milk. So I guess I was wrong?

  9. Why do we have to ask for a fatwa for each thing – it is most likely that the muftis will turn this idea down. “There is no substitute for actual sacrifice”. Why can’t we humans evolve with the times. I liked Aqeel’s proposal of fathers putting their sons down on the ground for a sacrifice. The idea is to sacrifice what is most precious to you. Now money (which you use to buy the goats) is not the most precious thing these days – all Tom, Dick and Harry’s have money (lots of it). I think our most precious entity these days is the time and effort that we can give to the society…. Can anyone sacrifice that?

  10. http://yfrog.com/5khadithsacrificej (Sahih-Al-Bukhari Vol 7 Book 73 ) Though this also doesn’t tell whether it is replaceable with any other type but It clearly explains that sacrificing on Eid-ul-Azha is not just helping the poor but it is part of Islamic practice from which only ONE PART out of 3 goes to poor.

    I feel such acts are like bringing down the *human & animal rights* from west where then some of the important values of local culture and religion are being deprecated. I can also see the Quranic verse has been USED in similar way the normal local mosque clerk or a extremist would use for their personal interest. All I can understand from this post is that it is just trying nto *save* animals. It could have been better that if you people first discussed it with a scholar(s) and then bring down any suggestions with explained text by scholar(s).

  11. Why don’t we .. 🙂
    Instead of arguing about this.. promote it as something in addition to the sacrifice we are making? Meaning, if we’re buying 2 goats (say), let’s donate one [or the money yeah] to PAWS, and sacrifice the other one.

    This way, we help out the needy as well as follow the Sunnah Insha Allah.

    For those who just cannot buy anything other than ONE goat for themselves, just give 1/3rd the sacrificial meat to the poor [like we do, in Eid], and you’re done. No harm done. Simple 🙂

  12. AOA,
    I really appreciate that your intention is to help more and more people, being a part of PAWS I tried to help as much animals as i could in Lahore but unfortunately i never participated in Karachi.
    This would be a great idea after a little bit of change in it. Eid-ul-Adha is THE MOST important part in every Muslim’s life so its not an easy debate and we are not that authorized to make our own decisions, remember this is not about Mullahs. getting a lot of knowledge about everything doesn’t mean we are able to do whatever we think is good. We are Muslims and we blindly believe that before creation of this universe GOD knew everything, we believe right? and we believe that GOD knew what will happen after thousands years, right? GOD already told us about these disasters, right? Is this flood or toofan is bigger than the TOOFAN-E-NOOH? ofcourse NOT. If GOD knew everything the he would definitely have given us some clue about this.
    If we people really want to help those people we should do something we can buy goats or other animals for them but don’t try to change the actual meanings of Eid-ul-Adha. I am not a mullah and Islam is not the religion of Mullahs. Non muslims talk about same thiings that why do you sacrifice animals in shape of ZIBAH? why don’t you just give them to poors, murdering them is cruelty etc etc. They say these things because they think from their minds, your mind may ask you tomorrow not to worship GOD he is invisible infidels are better they worship of something they can see etc etc. but know its not about what you think is right… its about believe, its about believe in GOD without seeing him, so my dear brothers and sisters you may disagree with me but GOD knew all these things before creation of this universe he would have told us.
    help them as much as you can, buy animals for them give charity or whatever you do, but QURBANI means QURBANI.

  13. @Aqeel, Asslam-0-Alaikum, first of all my dear you can’t say shhhhh, this forum is for everyone to comment, let people share their views, people think differently but you know this is our problem that we believe what we think is perfect, but it actually is not. I very respectfully object your comment, you might have read the whole story how qurbani began in ISLAM if not then lemme tell you very briefly. GOD did not ask Hazrat Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, but asked to sacrifice THE MOST PRECIOUS thing that you may sacrifice, To Hazrat Ibrahim(AS) THE MOST PRECIOUS was his son that he tried to sacrifice but when the time came knife didn’t work etc and GOD said that he is too happy with him and you need to sacrifice your son but a Ram was given, now if you read full story at the end GOD told that he’s too happy from his act and from now on till qyamat “Qurbani is wajib/farz on every Muslim who is of sound mind, mature (who has reached the age of puberty), muqeem (i.e. he is not a Shar’ee traveler) and possesses the amount of fifty two and half tolas of silver (612-36 grams) or wealth equivalent to that value which is in excess of one’s aslee (basic) needs. It is not necessary that this amount be in one’s possession for a complete lunar year. It’s possession during the three days of Qurbani will make Qurbani obligatory. Qurbani is not incumbent on a child or an insane person whether they own wealth equivalent to the amount above or not, nor is it wajib upon their guardians to perform it on their behalf. Similarly, it is not wajib on a Shar’ee traveler. ”
    So my dear brother for assistance you may read ISLAM that Qurbani is not only the sunnah Ibrahimi but also farz/wajib.

  14. dear friends, while searching some material about this topic i came to know some more details that i would like to share here.
    “During the days of Qurbani, sadaqah and charity cannot compensate for Qurbani nor fulfil the wajib. Qurbani is a unique ibadah. Just as Zakah cannot compensate for Hajj, or Sawm (Fasting) cannot compensate for Salaat, similarly charity cannot compensate for Qurbani. However, if the days of Qurbani had passed, and the Qurbani was not offered due to not knowing, negligence or for some other valid reason, then it becomes wajib to give in sadaqah the price of Qurbani animal or the animal itself to the poor. ”
    Reference: http://www.central-mosque.com/fiqh/VIRqurbani.htm

  15. Exactly. That’s what came on my mind after I gave this post a read.
    Ok even if we donate the male goats out, what are the possible goods/commoditites they would produce?


  16. i agree with Jafakash

    what u r promoting is Sadqa and regardless of the occasion it can be done at anytime of the year- piety reaches Allah like u said.

    Eid-ul-Azha is to SACRIFICE the dearest thing u have- like the story of Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Ismail goes. By sending a goat there is no SACRIFICE on the part of the person on whom the SACRIFICE is farz. He is just helping out someone in need and that is will count as SADQA-E-JARIA since the goat will help for a longer time.


  17. Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is–whether its victim is human or animal–we cannot expect things to be much better in this world… We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.
    Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans. If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans. Such tendencies can easily lead to crime. SO Killing animals is the most pathetic thing in this world..

  18. I believe that in extenuating/abnormal circumstances, God has given exemptions for the “wajib” or farz: be it prayers, fasting, hajj. The floods have destroyed a significant portion of our livestock, and pushed things beyond “normal” circumstance. Milk prices for eg have crossed Rs. 70/liter – that is for those who can afford it. These are not normal times, and I will pray to Allah for an exemption from my farz for this year, and will donate to buy livestock to help feed His creation. And I have faith that He will understand.

  19. Please don’t be counter productive . i think they have said this is not substitute . Just who can afford they definitely should sacrifice goat but who can afford one more they should consider this as well.

  20. Finally someone has spoken sense. I am all for this kind of charity and sacrifice. I have always loathed the idea of senseless slaughter of animals on a single day(or 2) all over the world just to fulfill a ritual. Muslims need a progressive thinking like this to appeal to the saner humans. Please count me in. Keep up the great work.

  21. What an excellent idea – now this is what I call productiveness! Could you please let me know whether we can still donate a goat to a family even after Eid? Thanks.

  22. Aqeel #

    Excellent idea…………will do it…………and for all those people who says qurbani is “wajib” are not correct…….it is sunat-i-Ibrahimi……………and even Hazrat Ibrahim didn’t sacrifice a goat, he actually put his son down on the ground, it was Allah who replaced Hazrat Ismail with the goat. So if you really want to follow the sunat of Hazrat Ibrahim then put your son down (or let your father put you down) on the ground and see if Allah send the goat or not…………..till then just shhhhhhhh

    sirf insaan yeah comment perh k sharam sey doob marey ga !!!
    is k amma abba ki taleem hai yeah jo is ney likhi hai

    shame on ur path !!!

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