Cannot afford full qurbani: ..
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Assalamalaikum Wa-Rehmatullahi Wa-Barakatuh
I have a question about Qurbani. People who cannot afford an animal for Qurbani, during Eid-Ul-Azha (Bakrid), have been taking part in giving a hissa (share) in 1 cow which some islamic institutions slaughter on our behlaf. We just need to give them the details in whose name that hissa is going to be and pay the appropriate amount for that hissa, and the delivery is done at your doorstep. So my question here is, "is this an acceptable act?" Is there a Hadith which can support this act?
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Cannot afford full qurbani
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 37:It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them (the animal) subject to you that ye may glorify Allah for His guidance to you: and proclaim the Good News to all who do right.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.1 Narrated by Umar bin Al Khattab
I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) saying, "The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended."
The important thing here is the intention that one has for the sacrifice. The intention of the one who truly believes in Allah and the Last Day, must be to earn and win the Pleasure and Good Will of his Lord and Creator by following this Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws). If ones intention is correct and pure, then Allah has promised a great reward for the sacrifice.
Al-Muwatta Hadith 23.9
Yahya related from Malik from Abu'z-Zubayr al-Makki that Jabir ibn Abdullah said, "We sacrificed with the Messenger of Allah (saws) in the year of Hudaybiya, a camel between seven people, and a cow between seven people."
There is indeed allowance in Shariah for maximum seven people or seven households sharing in the sacrifice of one cow or one camel.
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