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Qurbani Rules & FAQs

What is Qurbani?


Qurbani – which means sacrifice - takes place during the final month of the Islamic calendar (Dhu Hijjah) and commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS) to Allah (SWT).

The annual commemoration involves the act of ritually sacrificing an animal in order to distribute its meat to those who are in need. It is a deeply spiritual activity and a chance to draw closer to Allah. 

Nowadays, many Muslims choose to donate their Qurbani, so that it can 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. 

Qurbani Rules 

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

Qurbani must be carried out after Eid prayer on Eid al-Adha, from the 10th – 13th 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 the Nisab value. 

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. 

One Qurbani is either a small animal, e.g. a sheep or goat, or a portion of a larger animal, such as a cow You may also choose to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet who used to perform an extra sacrifice on behalf of his Ummah.  

‘The Prophet (PBUH) sacrificed for the one who could not sacrifice from his Ummah, one who bore witness to the Oneness of Allah and (his) Prophethood’. 

(Tabarani & Ahmad)

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: 

o Goats and sheep must be at least one year old 

o Cows, bulls and buffalo must be at least two years old 

o Camels must be at least five years old oIf you purchase the animals before the correct date, you, or someone on your behalf, must care for them well in the intervening days.

o Similarly, animals should be slaughtered quickly and painlessly, with the use of appropriate equipment to ensure they do not suffer needlessly. 

We have years of experience distributing Qurbani, and have local field officers making regular assessments to ensure only the most needy families in their communities receive it. Choose to donate your Qurbani with us and ensure a brighter Eid for those in need across the world. 


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