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.
How are the animals treated?
The animals are treated gently and with care. Read our blog here to learn more about how animals are treated in the process.
When is the Udhiya performed?
The slaughter will take place on one of the three days of Eid. If you pay for your Qurbani on the second or third day of Eid, the Udhiya will still be carried out on one of the days of Eid.
What is a “Prophetic” Qurbani?
‘The Prophet (saw) sacrificed for the one who could not sacrifice from his Ummah, one who bore witness to the Oneness of Allah and [his] Prophethood’. [Tabarani and Ahmad]
After fulfilling his personal obligation, the Prophet (saw) sacrificed an additional Udhiya/Qurbani in the name of the Muslims who could not afford to do so. Revive this forgotten Sunnah and provide more families and their children with a piece of joy on Eid ul Adha and to facilitate a day of celebration for them.
What animals are sacrificed?
- Sheep and goats at least one year in age (enough for one person’s Qurbani)
- Cows or buffalo at least two years in age (enough for seven people’s Qurbani)
- Camels of at least five years in age (enough for seven people’s Qurbani)
In addition, all animals must be healthy and free of disease, including the following conditions:
- They must not be blind, one-eyed or have lost a third (or more) of their sight
- They cannot be missing a third (or more) of their ear or tail, either through loss or since birth
- Their horn(s) cannot be broken off from their root
- They must not have a lame leg that is sufficiently weak that they are unable to walk on it
- They cannot be excessively thin or lean
- They must be able to walk themselves to the site of the slaughter
- They cannot be toothless, or missing over half their teeth
- There is no preference between male or female Qurbani animals
How soon can I make my donation?
You can make your donation as early as you would like to. Do not delay your donation – it is better to be earlier than it is to be late! Nevertheless, you can make payments right up until the end of the second day after Eid (before Maghrib).
Until when should I avoid cutting my nails and my hair?
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘When the ten days (of Dhul Hijjah) start, and one of you intends to sacrifice, then let him not cut his hair or his nails’. (Muslim)
What if I missed last year’s Qurbani?
If you have missed Qurbani in a previous year, you can make it up this year by sacrificing an extra animal. Simply calculate how many years you’ve missed and you will know how many animals you need to sacrifice.
Should I provide the names of all the people who are giving this Qurbani?
When performing the Qurbani, the names of the people should be mentioned after mentioning Allah’s name and glorifying him.
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!