“A person is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour goes hungry.” (Hadith, Bukhari)

Qurbani questions? Use this handy guide to find out everything you need to know.

What is qurbani?

Qurbani, udhiyah in Arabic, means sacrifice.

Every Eid ul-Adha, Muslims sacrifice a goat, sheep, cow or camel – or pay to have one slaughtered on their behalf.

The act honours the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail in obedience to God. By making qurbani, Muslims demonstrate their obedience to Allah.

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

Who must give qurbani?

Every Muslim who has reached the age of puberty, and who can afford it, is obliged to give qurbani.

How is a qurbani volume decided?

1 sheep or goat = 1 qurbani
1 cow = 7 qurbanis (1 qurbani – 1/7th of the share)

You can give as many qurbani shares as you like. Many give qurbani for each member of their family, and in memory of loved ones that have passed away.

On which date will the qurbani be performed?

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

If you give 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 will have already purchased the animals to be slaughtered.

Islamic Relief carries out qurbanis based on forecasts. We make changes if necessary, and transfer extra money to the relevant country. This means that our generous donors are paying towards qurbanis which we’ve already allocated.

When should we give money for qurbani?

It is best to pay for qurbani 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 Allah be upon him) did. The first thing he ate on the day of Eid was meat from his sacrifice.

How much does qurbani cost?

Qurbani costs vary by country, so we offer four options starting at just €60. Simply pick a group and we’ll make sure your qurbani gets to people in those countries who need it most.

Your qurbani options with Islamic Relief are:

  • Group A – €60
    Chad, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Somalia
  • Group B – €90
    Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan
  • Group C – €190
    Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh (refugees from Myanmar), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya (Russian Federation), India, Kosova, South Africa, Syria, the Philippines, Tunisia, Yemen
  • Group D – €300
    Gaza (Occupied Palestinian Territories), Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey (refugees from Syria)

Give as many qurbani shares as you like.

Many give qurbani for each member of their family, and in memory of loved ones that have passed away.

Why do qurbani costs vary in each country/group?

We source a country’s own produce for qurbani wherever we can – so our prices reflect local prices.

This is usually the cheapest way to carry out your qurbani and it minimises the carbon footprint. Buying from the local community helps local traders and farmers, as well as the local economy.

Your money goes further with Islamic Relief because we don’t spend money on importing, unless we cannot avoid it.

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 implementation methods and their 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.

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