Qurbani is the name given to the slaughter and sacrifice of an animal, whose meat should be distributed to those in need. During the month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims on Hajj are obligated to have this sacrifice done on their behalf, as part of the rituals of the Pilgrimage.
In order to share some of the blessings of the season and to be rewarded in the same way, Muslims who have not travelled for the Hajj this year will also sacrifice an animal and have the meat distributed to the poor.
The sacrifice is completed every year in the spirit of the story of the Prophet Abraham (AS), who through a dream, was commanded by Allah to offer his son Isma’eel (AS) as a sacrifice. This test of devotion was most heart- wrenching, as Allah knew that Isma’eel (AS) was incredibly beloved to his father. Abraham’s faith was unwavering though, and as he prepared for the sacrifice, Allah (SWT) spared Isma’eel and instead sacrificed a ram.
Most Muslims living in the West choose to have their Qurbani done by charities, who perform and distribute the sacrifice on their behalf. This enables the meat to be distributed to the most needy recipients around the world.
Have a look at some of the key considerations for Qurbani below:
- Qurbani should be carried out by the 10th, 11th and 12th day of Dhul Hijjah at the latest, to mark the start of Eid-ul-Adha and the feast of the sacrifice.
- Muslims who are eligible to pay Zakat: i.e. adults and of sound mind, should offer Qurbani.
- Sheep, goats, cattle and camels are all suitable animals to be offered for sacrifice.
- If you are able to complete the Qurbani personally, or at least locally, your Qurbani should be divided equally in three parts and shared between your family, your friends and relatives, and then the poor in your area.
Eid ul Adha Mubarak!