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What is Qurbani?

Qurbani is an important religious obligation on Muslims as it reminds us of Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when ordered to by Allah. Muslims across the world on Eid Al Adha slaughter an animal (a goat, a sheep, a cow or a camel) to reflect Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for the sake of Allah. 

Who is required to perform Qurbani?

Qurbani is compulsory for all adult Muslims who can afford it. Therefore, normally those who are eligible to pay Zakat are obliged to give Qurbani.

Who is eligible to receive Qurbani?

Qurbani meat is distributed to those in need. It is given to families who are living with food insecurity, are poor and don’t have access to nutritious meals. 

It is mustahaab to divide the meat into three: one third to be eaten, one third to be given as gifts and one third to be given in charity. This was the opinion of Ibn Mas’ood and Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them). The scholars agreed that it is not permissible to sell anything from its meat, fat or skin. In a saheeh hadeeth, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Whoever sells the skin of his udhiyah, there is no udhiyah for him (i.e., it is not counted as udhiyah).” (Classed as hasan in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6118).

Can I donate my whole Qurbani to the poor? 

It is preferable to slaughter it in the country where you are, so that you may be present at the slaughter and say the name of Allah over it, and eat from it, give some as gifts and give some in charity, by thirds. But if it is a rich country, and if you give it to some of them they will store it for several days and they have abundant meat throughout the year, then it is permissible to send it to those who need it in poor countries where meat is scarce and they only have it rarely. But it is essential to make sure that the sacrifice is done during the days of sacrifice, and that the animal is of the right age and free of defects, and that the person appointed to do that is trustworthy. 

Where is Muntada Aid distributing Qurbani?

Our Qurbani project is aimed to serve poor families, orphans, widows, refugees, elderly and economically deprived communities. This year, with your support, our Qurbani project will again be reaching thousands of poor and vulnerable families in 23 countries.

How is meat distributed?

The meat is distributed fresh, though in some cases, depending on the local factors and need, it may be distributed frozen or canned. 

When is Qurbani 2021 performed?

Qurbani in 2021 will be performed after the Eid Salah in all 23 countries. At Muntada Aid, we aim to implement and deliver your Qurbani over three days of Eid al Adha (10th, 11th and 12th of Dhul Hijjah).

How much is Qurbani? 

As Qurbani is an act of worship, the animal selected for sacrifice need to be healthy and well cared for. At Muntada Aid, we adhere to high-quality standards when it comes to selecting sacrificial animals.

Our partner organizations purchase animals from local suppliers, which is cost-effective and also helps the local economy. The average meat packet contains roughly three to five kilograms of meat (depending on the region and type of animal) and can provide an essential protein supplement to a family of five for over a week at least.

What is the share?

One sacrifice within a price band is equal to a sheep or 1/7 of a cow. 

Which animals are eligible for Qurbani? 

The commonly used animals for Qurbani are sheep, goats, cows and camels. There is no gender specification, however, animals should be in good health and free from any defects. The goats and sheep must be at least one year old, cattle two years and camels five years old.

Can I give Qurbani on behalf of other people?

Yes. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to make multiple sacrifices on Eid Al-Adha. You can give Qurbani on behalf of other people and also on behalf of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). 

Qurbani and Zakat

Qurbani and Zakat are two separate religious obligations. This means that a Qurbani donation cannot be made with Zakat money or Sadaqah.

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