The month of Dhul Hijjah is the final month in the Islamic calendar. During this time, it is considered an obligation (wajib) or confirmed Sunnah action (Sunnah Muakkada) for Muslims to perform Qurbani as an act of worship.
Also referred to as Udhiyyah, Qurbani means to pay for or perform the sacrifice of an animal as an act of worship with the meat being divided into three equal portions; to be distributed between oneself, neighbours and those in need. The animal is normally a sheep or goat and the slaughter is conducted in line with the usual Islamic practice. This meat is then given to those who would qualify for Zakat as a form of charity on behalf of the donor.
Qurbani only needs to be completed by those who can afford it – this is measured using the Nisab in the same way as Zakat. This is an obligation upon adult, sane Muslims with the means to afford the sacrifice once they have fulfilled any other obligations or duties.
The act of giving Qurbani is based upon the example and story of Prophet Ibrahim (as) and commemorates the test He was given by Allah (SWT). His great bravery and unwavering trust in Allah (SWT) continues to serve as an example to Muslims of His piety and of the unrelenting Mercy of Allah (SWT). It is reported within the hadith from the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as well as mentioned several times within the Holy Qur’an.
"I prayed 'Eid-ul-Adha with the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon Him, and when He finished (the prayer), He was brought two rams, and He sacrificed them. He said, 'In the Name of Allah, Allah is the Most Great. This is on behalf of myself and any member of my Ummah who did not offer a sacrifice.” (Dawud)
The donation for the Qurbani must be made before Eid-ul-Adha prayers and the meat distributed between the 10th and the 12th of Dhul Hijjah. It is a way in which Eid-ul-Adha can be shared with those in need and for many people, is the only chance they will have to eat well.
Distributing Your Qurbani
Here in the UK, many people choose to donate their Qurbani to those in need around the world. At Muslim Aid, we ensure that donors are offered a wide range of countries and price bands to choose from.
We also offer a ‘Need is Greatest’ option which allows us to ensure that meat is distributed to those in urgent need or in the remotest of circumstances.
Giving Qurbani is a collective Sunnah – meaning that the need to donate is placed upon the community. As such, when the head of the family donates on behalf of the family, the duty to give is then lifted from the others.
Because of this we offer our family Qurbani option for selecting your Qurbani, allowing you to give in charity and complete this.
Call 020 7377 4200 or make your donation now.