Our Two Cents on “Qurbani”

I was taking a class on the topic of “Purification of Hearts” and in one of the sessions, our teacher mentioned that “eating meat” used to be a sign of luxury back in the days. Only the elite could afford to eat meat. I was surprised because today even middle class average Muslim families cannot imagine their dinner table without the proper share of their protein. She continued to say that one of our pious predecessors stopped eating meat toward the end of his life. Even though it is totally permissible to eat Halal meat in Islam, he was only eating fruits and dry food because he calculated that it takes him more time to chew on meat which he could have spent to worship Allah in better ways.