Qurbani – what is it? Qurbani is the act of offering a sacrifice on Eid ul-Adha. It commemorates the supreme sacrifice offered by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to show his total submission and gratitude towards Allah (SWT). It is also one of the compulsory acts of Hajj.
Once our beloved Prophet (SAW) was asked, what is Qurbani? The Prophet (SAW) answered, ‘‘It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim (AS). For every hair of the Qurbani, you receive a reward from Allah (SWT).’’ [Al-Tirmidhi]
The Holy Qur’an informs us that in a vision, Prophet Ibrahim (AS) saw that he offered his son Ismail (AS) in sacrifice to Allah (SWT). When he shared this vision with his son, Ismail (AS) said: "O my father! Do as you are commanded: you will find me, if Allah so wills, of the patient ones.’’ However, when Prophet Ibrahim (AS) carried out the commandment, Allah (SWT) replaced Ismail (AS) with a ram.
To remember his incredible bravery and to emulate the piety and example of one of the greatest men of Islam, donating Qurbani is considered a highly rewardable act of worship as demonstrated by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
In developed countries, it is very difficult to perform your own Qurbani. Therefore, it is permitted to arrange for Qurbani in a different country on one's behalf. In this case, the whole Qurbani is distributed among the poor and most vulnerable.
Muslim Aid ensures that Qurbani is performed in the country that you choose. We then distribute the Qurbani meat to the poor.