Facts About Qurbani

Qurbani, or Udhiyah in Arabic, means sacrifice. The slaughter of an animal – whether it be a goat, a sheep, a cow or a camel – marks an annual Muslim ritual to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for God.

The history follows the story of the faithful Ibrahim (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) , who was instructed by Allah to raise the foundations of Ka’bah. In a divine dream, he saw himself sacrificing his son, Ismail, for Allah’s sake. When he told Ismail, the latter immediately asked his father to carry out Lord’s commands without faltering. But miraculously, when Ibrahim was about to sacrifice Ismail, Allah spared the boy’s life and replaced him with a ram. This signified Ibrahim’s ultimate sacrifice.

Allah mentions in the Quran:

“So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), And We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim! You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus do We reward the doers of good: Most surely this is a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a Feat sacrifice (i.e. a ram).
(As-Saffat 37: 103 – 106)

During Eid-ul Adha, Muslims around the world commemorate and remember Prophet Ibrahim’s (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) trials, by slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, goat, cow or camel. In Islam, Muslims are taught to slaughter animals in the most humane way. We start by reciting the name of Allah at the time of slaughter – by doing this we are reminded that life is sacred. Meat from the sacrificial animal during Qurban will mostly be given away to others. The act of sacrificing animals for Allah’s sake symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah’s commands. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practised by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin, as mentioned in the Quran:

“It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.”
(Al-Hajj 22:37)

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said “A person is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbor goes hungry.” (Bukhari).

Qurbani must be given by whom?

A Muslim boy at puberty must perform the Qurbani procedure.

How is a Qurbani volume decided? Is it a cow or a sheep?

1 sheep or goat = 1 Qurban
1 cow = 7 Qurbanis (1 Qurban – 1/7th of the share)

What day will the Qurbani be performed?

It will be on a day of Eid when the slaughter takes place.

You will still be able to perform Qurbani on one of the days of Eid if you give Qurbani on the second or third day of Eid. The animals to be slaughtered have already been purchased by Islamic Relief.

The qurban is conducted according to relegion rules. We make necessary adjustments and transfer additional funds to the responsible country if necessary.

When should we give money for Qurbani?

Whenever possible, it is recommended to give early.

After Eid al-Adha and until Dhu’l-Hijjah 13, the time for offering sacrifices begins. In total, there are Threer days of sacrifice.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to eat the meat from the sacrifice that he offered after the Eid prayer as the first thing he ate on Eid.

What countries does Islamic Relief deliver Qurbani?


What can I expect from Islamic Relief?

Islamic Relief has been performing since 1986. Select animals strictly for their quality and ensure that they are transported and slaughtered in a humane manner. This ensures the best possible meat is provided to families. By managing the whole transportation and logistics network, we handle, pack, and distribute all meat according to strict hygiene standards.

How Much Qurbani Costs in Each Country?

Islamic Relief sources the produce of a country wherever possible for its work. The local price varies because of this. It is beneficial to the local economy, local traders, and local farmers to buy from local suppliers. When you perform your Qurbani by yourseld, you save money and reduce your emissions.

Why do other charities charge different prices for Qurbani?

Because some charities use different suppliers. Their project implementation methods and their administration costs, they may charge you a different price for your Qurbani. Among the largest organizations conducting Qurban around the world is Islamic Relief. Our expertise over 30 years has allowed us to develop an efficient and reliable process that produces quality meat packs.

How does Qurbani help people in the long run?

The Qurbani is a wonderful treat for a family that provides food for a few days, but it has only a short-term impact. We have mostly lifted people out of poverty through this program, therefore they are mostly lifted out of poverty. Among the other projects we have undertaken, such as livelihoods or education, Islamic Relief is also receiving assistance.

Since Islamic Relief works in this way, it knows all the people in the community and those in most need of your Meat.


Does any country suffer from canned or frozen Qurbani?

Buying or distributing fresh meat can present logistical challenges in some areas. In restricted areas, Islamic Relief may freeze or canned the meat.

Aside from the fact that no food goes to waste, there is also the benefit of canning meat.

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