On Eid Ul Adha, which marks the completion of the annual Hajj, the Muslim world celebrates and honours the tradition of the Prophet Ibrahim (Alahi Salaam) by sacrificing an animal and distributing the meat to those in need.
In 2013 Islamic Help is celebrating its 10th anniversary and running its 10th Qurbani campaign. During the years since our formation, we have reached millions of the world's poorest with our Qurbani projects.
Our Qurbani programme, part of our iHelp Feed the World campaign, allows donors to select those they would like to see benefit from the ritual sacrifice that they make on the occasion of Eid Ul Adha. We organise the distribution of fresh meat to vulnerable people afflicted by poverty or affected by natural or man-made disasters. Each package of meat distributed provides a household with meat for one week.
This year millions are suffering in Syria and in the refugees camps bordering Syria. In Pakistan, tens of thousands are struggling to rebuild their homes and lives after floods in Pakistan.
They are just two of the countries Islamic Help is working in to help those in need. You can share the blessings of Qurbani with them.
We will be carrying out Qurbani in Syria, Jordan (for Syrian refugees), Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Tanzania, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. Give yours today.
Last year, our teams around the world recorded distribution of Qurbani meat to 30,000 families, feeding more than 210,000 in the world's poorest regions.
What is Qurbani?
Qurbani is the offering of an animal as sacrifice to Allah (swt) at Eid Ul Adha. It commemorates the sacrifice the Prophet Ibrahim (alahi salaam) was prepared to make of his son Ismail (alahi salaam) for Allah (swt).
Is Qurbani obligatory?
Qurbani is obligatory for all adult Muslims of sane mind.
What animals are sacrificed at Qurbani?
The animals to be slaughtered at Qurbani are a goat, sheep, cow, bull, buffalo or camel. They can be male or female but should be in good health, free from disability or handicap, and above a certain age. Goats and sheep must be at least one year old, two years for cattle and five years for camels.
How many Qurbani animals do I have to sacrifice?
Qurbani animals have shares. Sheep and goats have one share, camels and cattle have seven shares. So for a single person, Qurbani is fulfilled with a sheep or a goat, while seven people must share in the purchase of a cow or a camel and the sacrifice will be made for the seven.
When is Qurbani performed?
Qurbani can be performed from the 10th day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah until the sunsets on the 12th of Dhul-Hijjah. The best time is to perform the act of Qurbani is immediately after the completion of the Eid-ul-Adha prayers.
How should Qurbani meat be distributed?
Ideally, the meat from Qurbani should be divided in three equal parts - one for the home, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor and needy. The meat from Qurbani can be distributed to the poor or rich, Muslim or non-Muslim. However, because of the relative lack of poverty in Western countries, many Muslims prefer to have their Qurbani performed in poorer countries or those in dire need and the meat to be distributed to the neediest or those suffering adversity and poverty.
What is Udhiya or Qurbani?
Both refer to the Qurbani at Eid Ul Adha. Udhiya is the Arabic term and Qurbani is the Persian/Urdu word.
Where does Islamic Help perform Qurbani?
Islamic Help performs Qurbani on behalf of its donors in countries where people are suffering because of economic or social deprivation. We distribute the meat to the poor and needy. In many cases it is the only time of year they receive meat. This year we will be having Qurbani in 10 countries – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Somalia.
We will have Qurbani distribution in Syria itself and in Jordan for Syrian refugees who have fled their country because of the conflict.