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

Q: What is Qurbani?

Qurbani, or Udhiyah in Arabic, means sacrifice. Every year Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, a sheep, a cow or a camel – to reflect Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for the sake of God.

At least one third of the meat from the animal must go to people who are poor or in vulnerable situations.

Q: Who is obliged to give Qurbani?

Qurbani is mandatory for every Muslim who has reached the age of puberty, and who can afford it.

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

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

Q: What day will the Qurbani be performed?

The slaughter will take place on one of the days of Eid.

If you give a Qurbani on the second or third day of Eid, the Qurbani will still be carried out on one of the days of Eid, as Islamic Relief has already purchased the animals to be slaughtered beforehand.

Qurbanis are carried out on the basis of forecasts drawn. If necessary, modifications are made, and additional funds are transferred to the relevant country. In effect donors are paying towards Qurbanis which are already allocated.

Q: When should we give money for Qurbani?

It is advisable to give as early as possible.

The time for offering the sacrifice begins after the Eid prayer on Eid-al-Adha and ends when the sun sets on the thirteenth of Dhu’l-Hijjah. So there are four days of sacrifice: the day of Eid-al-Adha and the three days after it.

It is better to hasten to offer the sacrifice after the Eid prayer, as the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do, then the first thing he would eat on the day of Eid would be meat from his sacrifice.

Q: What countries does Islamic Relief deliver Qurbani?


Q: What can I expect from Islamic Relief?

Islamic Relief has been carrying out Qurbani since 1986. We make sure that the most vulnerable families are prioritised for Qurbani distribution, that families receive the best possible quality meat through our rigorous animal selection criteria, and that animals are transported and slaughtered humanely. By managing the whole transportation and logistics network and complying with Sharia, strict hygiene standards cover the handling, packing and distribution of all meat.

Q: Why do Qurbani costs vary in each country/group?

Wherever possible, Islamic Relief will source a country’s own produce for its work. This is why prices vary at the local level. Buying from the local community will benefit the traders and farmers, as well as the local economy. Locally sourced produce is usually the cheapest way to carry out your Qurbani and it minimises our carbon footprint. Your money goes further with Islamic Relief because we do not spend money on importing, unless we cannot avoid it.

Q: Why do other charities charge different prices for Qurbani?

Some charities may charge different prices to carry out your Qurbani because of a difference in suppliers, their project implementation methods and their administration costs. Islamic Relief is one of the largest global organisations carrying out Qurbani. With 30 years of experience, we have developed an efficient, cost-effective and reliable process that results in quality meat packs.

Q: How does Qurbani help people in the long run?

Your Qurbani is a cherished treat that provides a family with food for a few days and offers them an important boost in nutrition but by itself, its impact is short-term. We want to help people lift themselves out of poverty for good, and so most of the people who receive Qurbani through Islamic Relief are also benefitting from one of our other projects, such as education or sustainable livelihoods.

This way of working means that Islamic Relief already knows the individuals in the community and those who are most need of your Qurbani. Most of the families eat meat only a few times a year, but it is also an uplifting gift that reminds them there are people around the world who are thinking about them during the festive period.

Q: Why is Qurbani canned or frozen for some countries?

In some areas, there can be logistical problems when buying or distributing fresh meat. Other areas have restrictions on the transport of animals, which is why Islamic Relief freezes or cans the Qurbani meat in a selected number of countries.

Canning meat also has many benefits; no meat is wasted and the cans have a shelf-life of four years. As the meat is pre-cooked, it is ready to eat and can be distributed in areas where livestock is not reared, or in conflict zones.