The Adahi Experience in Mina
By Mohamed Muhsin
With the dawn of the 1436 AH Blessed Month of Dhu'l Hijah, there are many incredible and awesome memories of our Hajj pilgrimage last year that fills my mind. These images, we pray, should indelibly remain in our hearts and minds till we meet our Creator. But there is one event that I’d like to share with you which takes place behind
the scenes in Mina on the day of Eid Ul Adha--day of the Feast of Sacrifice. And that relates to the commemoration of the Abrahamic event of total dedication and
submission to the Will of God when the Prophet Abraham was called upon, in a dream, to a heart wrenching instruction and a Test of a lifetime : to sacrifice his son, Ishmael.
And what did Abraham do? Islam being the religion of total submission to the will of God, Abraham decided to comply with the instruction, but not before consulting his son who advised the father to do as he was commanded : in itself a lesson to us parents to consult our children and not simply impose our will. And as we all know from the Quranic, Talmudic and Biblical teachings, just when Abraham was about to place the sharp knife by the throat of his most precious son, the Almighty substituted a calf in
Ishmael's place. It vindicated the trust that the God Almighty reposed in his servant Abraham, and made him emerge with the optimum “pass mark” with distinction in the Test of Life: gaining the highest pleasure of Allah.
And this is what we commemorate whether we as Hajj pilgrims and Muslins world over
make a sacrifice as an integral part of the Hajj pilgrimage and celebration. The sacrifice is colloquially named Adhahi, or Qurbani or Udhiya, etc.
And so I was overjoyed when the Chairman & President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali graciously invited the writer to visit the Mina Camp Adahi complex where IDB is charged with operating and carrying out the Adahi program on behalf of the pilgrims.
I was advised that one's sacrifice could conveniently be arranged by going "On Line" on the Internet and placing an order. Before leaving my Tent in Mina I decided to go on line using my smartphone. I logged on to www.ahadi.org. It's a very user friendly site. Within minutes I was able to place my order and make payment using my credit card. One cattle
cost me SR 475 (Approx US$ 125). What was most impressive was that I immediately received an order confirmation and number, with a description in Arabic, French and English! And a few hour later I received another e mail, again in the three languages, confirming that the Adhai order was executed. Heartwarming accountability!
The visit to the Adahi Operations Complex was stunning: the monitoring room where the Dr. Ahmed Ali and his lieutenants monitor the operations has all the modern tools (see picture). Supervision is round the clock; the abattoirs or slaughterhouses are equipped with state of the art equipment and clean; some 40,000 (yes,forty thousand) persons
ranging from veterinarians to engineers, to religious scholars, workmen, cleaners and administrative staff are engaged.
The complex has the highest standards of cleanliness with a constant flow of water and that keeps the slaughter houses clean; and the freezers and meat packaging plants are sanitized, inspected by public health inspectors and certified or corrective actions taken.
The operational statistics are displayed on screens. On the day of my visit, as the screen shot shows, some 795,000 sheep had been sacrificed; at the end of the Hajj a total number of sheep sacrificed was 900,000; and 2,500 camel. The meat is distributed to the deserving in over 27 countries world wide as well as in Mecca and other parts of the Kingdom.
Since the inception of the project in 1983 under the care of the IDB, more than 17 million livestock has been sacrificed and the meat distributed world over, especially to counties where there is strife, natural disasters and other humanitarian needs. The Saudi authorities have invested over half a billion U.S. Dollars or 2 billion Saudi Riyals in this state of the art project.
What is most admirable in this massive operation is that it is accomplished with super efficiency and effectiveness, in a understated manner, with humility and no fanfare --in the backyard of Mina.
As one leaves the Adahi operational complex, one can only marvel at the smoothness of the workflow and be spontaneous in seeking the blessings of Allah to be showered on those who work over there . Indeed we ask blessings for other organizations too such as Islamic Relief, and Helping Hands, and others who also undertake Adahi projects in various parts of the world.
Hadith of the Day
Narrated: Aisha Safiya got her menses on the night of Nafr (departure from Hajj), and she said, "I see that I will detain you." The Prophet said, "Aqra Halqa! Did she perform the Tawaf on the Day of Nahr (slaughtering)?" Somebody replied in the affirmative. He said, "Then depart." (Different narrators mentioned that) 'Aisha said, "We set out with Allah's Apostle (from Medina) with the intention of performing Hajj only. When we reached Mecca, he ordered us to finish the Ihram. When it was the night of Nafr (departure), Safiya bint Huyay got her menses. The Prophet said, "Halqa Aqra! I think that she will detain you," and added, "Did you perform the Tawaf (Al-Ifada) on the Day of Nahr (slaughtering)?" She replied, "Yes." He said, "Then depart." I said, "O Allah's Apostle! I have not (done the Umra)." He replied, "Perform 'Umra from Tan'im." My brother went with me and we came across the Prophet in the last part of the night. He said, "Wait at such and such a place."
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