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Important Rules and Guidelines Regarding Qurbani

Qurbani or Udhiyah as it is widely referred to, is a significant religious practice in Islam performed all over the world by billions of Muslims on Eid-ul-Adha and the two days following it. For the sake of clarity and to inform those who are not familiar with the concept, it is the practice of slaughtering an animal, usually a sheep, goat or a cow, as an offering to Allah SWT.

As mentioned earlier, this is very important religious practice. Therefore, careful attention should be given to every detail no matter how big or small so as to see to it that Qurbani is conducted properly and in full accordance with the rules of Islam. Below we will talk about a few important guidelines related to Udhiya and Qurbani rules.

First and foremost; eligibility. Unlike prayer (Salat) that is compulsory for every Muslim, Udhiya demands that certain criteria must be met in order to be eligible for Qurbani. Any sane, adult, Muslim male or female who possesses the Nisab amount for Zakat must also perform the duty of Udhiya. Furthermore, Qurbani is also compulsory for every family member, including children. It is paid by the parents unless the children themselves are adults. In short, if you are eligible to pay Zakat, you must also perform Qurbani for yourself and every family member including children.

Secondly, the time of Qurbani. This is very important as there are very strict and specific guidelines as to the timing of this extremely important Islamic practice. Udhiya can only be performed after the Eid-ul-Adha prayers from the 10th of Zul-Hijja to the 12th of Zul-Hijja (the last month of the Islamic Calendar). This means Muslims have three days to perform this ritual. If it is performed before the allotted time, it must be repeated. If performed after the time has passed, then Qurbani was not properly conducted and will not be accepted.

The health and condition of the animal is also very important. Animals that are weak, blind, physically disabled, or those who are young, have broken horns or no teeth are ineligible. Regarding the types of animals that can be used for Qurbani, people generally opt for a goat. However sheep, cow, bull, buffalo or camel are also acceptable.

Saying the Takbeer at the time of sacrifice is paramount to ensuring a successful and acceptable Qurbani. Bismillahi Allahu Akbar (in the name of Allah, Allah is Great) are the correct words to say at that moment. It is not necessary to say these words out loud.

With Eid-ul-Adha just a month or so away, it is important that Muslims who will be performing Qurbani for the first time this year to get it done properly. May Allah SWT give us the opportunity to perform Hajj next year Inshallah. May he accept our sacrifice as a testament to our faith and belief. Ameen!

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  • RICARDO said on 15 Oct 2016, 01:19

    please it's important, why was i wrong to give my dog the bone from the animal killed for Bakar Eid. Am nt muslim, my wife is, i hated disrespecting her belief. Thank you.

  • Zafar Hameed said on 16 Sep 2016, 11:14

    Is sacrificing of an animal on Eid Al Azha occasion canbe done on Fourth of day of Eid Al Azha as for the first three days the person was due to some reason away from country and the placee he was there was no arrangement

  • does qurbani needs to be given by head of the family alone.It will be taken as every member of the family is given qurbani. Is it true as per Hannafi school of thought. said on 15 Sep 2016, 10:24

    ERRORThis field is requiredoes qurbani needs to be given only by head of the family alone on befalf of every member of a family?

  • Mohd asaf said on 14 Sep 2016, 05:44

    Please guide me qurbani meat distribute in non muslim are eligible /ineligible

  • sami said on 13 Sep 2016, 20:58

    Assalamualaikum, we bought a goat for qurbani .the day before eid night 4 dogs tried to killed the goat.and ppl woke up and they drove the dogs away..but the goat got scratches from them nothing more than that still can i give the goat for qurbani..or i should go for a new goat..

  • sami said on 13 Sep 2016, 20:57

    Assalamualaikum, we bought a goat for qurbani .the day before eid night 4 dogs tried to killed the goat.and ppl woke up and they drove the dogs away..but the goat got scratches from them nothing more than that still can i give the goat for qurbani..or i should go for a new goat..

  • Olivia said on 13 Sep 2016, 03:04

    Assalamu alaikum , please let me know if I have 7 adults in my house hold should I give qurbani in all of their names or give qurbani in my dead parents or people's name instead

  • wali mahmood said on 12 Sep 2016, 18:22

    Just like to know do i have to give everyone 's name for qurbani or a ship will cover every one. Pl let me know. Thanks

  • Ahmad Helmandi said on 11 Sep 2016, 20:32

    Salamualikum Brother my question is in the family the head of the family is responsible to do the Qurbani on behalf of thier family so here is the quistion if the wife have gold and she do not have any other income is she obligated to do the qurbani even if husband is in charge of the gold also. Thank you

  • Asif khan said on 11 Sep 2016, 13:01

    According t। authentic hadeet has the qurbani can be offere on all days of Ayyame tashreeq. Which means 11, 12, 13 of dhul hijjah. Therefore qurbani can be offered on 4 days.

  • Razi ur Rahman said on 09 Sep 2016, 11:08

    Narrated 'Ata bin Yasar: "I asked Abu Abyub [Al-Ansari] how the slaughtering was done during the time of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). He said: 'A man would sacrifice a sheep for himself and the people in his household. They would eat from it and feed others, until the people (later) would boast about it and it became as you see now." Grade : Sahih (Darussalam) Reference : Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1505 In-book reference : Book 19, Hadith 16 English translation : Vol. 1, Book 17, Hadith 1505

  • Rezaul karim said on 08 Sep 2016, 12:34

    I Need to know any fasting for befoure kurbani ? if is it when to be start . and i have experience many muslims pepole dont have mony problem but they are not performing Kurbani . and muslims are not publishing or media dont highlighting . Thanks Rezaul karim from dubai

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