Qurbani Q&A

What is Qurbani?

Qurbani is the paying for or the action of sacrificing an animal as a form of worship to Allah (SWT). It is based upon the test of the Prophet Ibrahim (as). The meat is then distributed to the poor and needy. Qurbani is performed at the time of Eid-ul-Adha.

When should I give Qurbani?

Donated Qurbani should be paid for prior to the Eid prayer on the day of Eid-ul-Adha. The sacrifice should then take place on the day of Eid-ul-Adha and in the three days following, during which the meat should be given to those in need.

Who needs to give Qurbani?

Qurbani is considered a confirmed Sunnah action. Some schools of thought consider it as wajib (obligatory). It is agreed that it should be performed (or paid for if one cannot perform it) by every adult, sane Muslim who possesses the Nisab– the measure of wealth used to determine the giving of Zakat.

Can I give Qurbani on behalf of my family?

Yes, you can! Qurbani is a Sunnah with a collective, community responsibility. This means that if the head of a household donates Qurbani in charity on behalf of the rest of the family, this duty is lifted from and considered fulfilled.

I cannot afford to give Qurbani – what should I do?

If you think you are unable to afford to give Qurbani, you should check your eligibility against the Nisab. If you do not hold the level of Nisab then you are not required to give Qurbani. If you choose to give a smaller or another amount in charity, this will be accepted as sadaqah from you (voluntary giving).

Who does the Qurbani meat get given to?

The Qurbani meat is distributed to those who live in poverty. It is general practice to give one third in charity, one third in gift and to keep one third. If this cannot be done as the Qurbani is performed within another country, then all the meat can be given in charity.

Muslim Aid distributes Qurbani to remote communities across the world. For some of these people, Qurbani may be the only chance to eat a nutritious meat meal in an entire year. Others may literally be starving and your donation is their means to survive.

Which animals can be sacrificed for Qurbani?

It is usual practice for the slaughter to be of a sheep or goat. Camel or cattle are also permissible.

The animal must be healthy and the slaughter must be conducted in the correct manner according to the fiqh of halal. Animals which are lame, old, ill or injured are not eligible to be given in Qurbani.

When is Eid-ul-Adha?

Eid-ul-Adha is on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the Islamic month. In the lunar calendar, this moves through the year according to the moon. For 2018, Eid-ul-Adha is expected to be on or around Tuesday 21st August 2018.

Why are the prices for Qurbani different in different countries?

We offer a wide range of countries and price bands for your Qurbani donation. The reason the prices differ is due to the cost of the animal and the distribution within each country. We strive to keep costs as low as possible to ensure we can feed as many people as possible.

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