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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.
Our Qurbani programme 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.
In addition, in order to support those suffering in Gaza, we will be providing fresh meat and canned meat to Gazans - based on the choice you make.
Last year, our teams around the world recorded distribution of Qurbani meat to feed nearly 150,000 people in some of the world's poorest regions.
This year millions continue to suffer especially in Gaza, Syria and in the refugees camps bordering Syria. We will be carrying out Qurbani distributions in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon (for Syrian refugees) and Gaza, as well as Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Tanzania, Iraq, Central African Republic, Philippines, Bosnia, Burma, Yemen and Somalia. Give yours today.
Qurbanis for Pakistan and India can be received until Eid day. For all other countries, we cannot accept any donation after 5pm on the day before Eid ul Adha.
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 15 countries – Palestine (Gaza), Syria, Jordan and Lebanon (for Syrian refugees), Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Tanzania, Iraq, Central African Republic, Philippines, Bosnia, Burma, Yemen and Somalia.
In Gaza, we will be providing Qurbani meat either fresh or canned based on the choice made by a donor. We will have Qurbani distribution in Syria itself and in Jordan for Syrian refugees who have fled their country because of the conflict.
Do you provide canned Qurbani meat?
Canned meat is distributed in areas where disasters or conflict, such as Gaza, cause logistical, operational or health and safety issues with food preparation and distribution. Our canned meat for Gaza is guaranteed halal and animals are selected to Qurbani specifications by experts and slaughtered during Tashreeque days (the 10th, 11th and 12th of Dhul-Hijjah when Qurbani is carried out). The meat is pre-cooked, frozen and canned to ensure a shelf life of three years while retaining its nutritional value.