Is Qurbani Obligatory?
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘The first thing we will do on this day of ours, is to offer the (Eid) prayer and then return to make the sacrifice. Whoever does so, he acted according to our Sunnah…’ (Bukhari)
So, is it only a Sunnah and not a fard?
The Hanafi school states that any adult, sane Muslim who possesses the minimum amount (the Nisab) must sacrifice and donate Qurbani. In short, if you are eligible to pay Zakat because you possessed more than the Nisab, you must offer a sacrifice (Qurbani or Udhiya).
The Maliki and Hanbali schools state that the person responsible for the household can make the sacrifice or Udhiya or Qurbani on behalf of the members in their immediate household.
However, if you live in a household where more than one person possesses more than the Nisab amount and pays their own Zakat, then the best and safest option is for all who pay Zakat to offer their own sacrifice or Udhiya or Qurbani.
If you cannot afford it (you don’t have more than the Nisab amount), you are excused from making the sacrifice.
Where can I donate my Qurbani?
You fulfill your Qurbani locally, or through an organization that takes care of the entire process for you. Human Concern International delivers your Qurbani to families in need all over the world. For as little as $60, a family in need will receive a share of your udhiya.
Eid Mubarak in advance!