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Qurbani Rules

What is Qurbani?

Qurbani is the act of performing the ritual of slaughtering and sacrificing an animal in order to distribute its meat to those who are in need. Qurbani takes place during the first ten days of the final month of the Islamic calendar (Dhu al Hijjah) and commemorates the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim was prepared to make for Allah (SWT).

Nowadays, many Muslims choose to donate their Qurbani to be performed across the world on their behalf. This enables the meat to be distributed to the poor and needy in less fortunate parts of the world, allowing it to reach the places where it will do the most good.

We are now not taking any Qurbani donations for this year. We hope you had a joyous Eid and we thank you for your support.


Qurbani Rules

There are certain rules and traditions that are associated with Qurbani. These rules must be honoured and upheld each year.

Qurbani rules are as follows:

  • Qurbani must be carried out only on the 10th, 11th and 12th days of Dhul Hijjah. Qurbani may be ordered prior to these dates, but the actual sacrifice must be carried out on these days only
  • There are specific requirements surrounding those who can offer Qurbani. In order to qualify, you must be a mature Muslim of sound mind and in possession of 52.5 tolas of silver or the wealth equivalent. Children are not expected to offer Qurbani, yet if you meet the criteria and don’t offer Qurbani, you will be expected to pay compensation
  • Charity doesn’t substitute Qurbani donations nor fulfil your obligation during this time of year
  • Qurbani sacrifices must be equally shared in three parts – one for the individual’s family, one for their friends and neighbours, and the final part is reserved for those in need

When it comes to deciding which animals are eligible for Qurbani, there are certain rules and regulations which must be adhered to.

Applicable animals are goats, sheep, cattle and camels – here is a brief guide to the eligible animals:

  • Goats and sheep must be at least one year old
  • Cows, bulls and buffalo must be at least two years old
  • Camels must be at least five years old

If you purchase the animals before the correct date, you must care for them well in the intervening days. Similarly, animals should be slaughtered quickly and painlessly, with the use of appropriate equipment to ensure they do not suffer needlessly.

Here at Human Relief Foundation, we have many years of experience when it comes to distributing Qurbani to the people who will benefit the most from your generosity.

Choose to donate your Qurbani with us and ensure a brighter Eid for those in need across the world.


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