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What is behind the story of Qurbani?


Every year during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims slaughter an animal to reflect the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, for the sake of Allah. This is called Qurbani.

Qurbani can be traced back to the Prophet Ibrahim, who had a dream that Allah ordered him to sacrifice his only son, Ismail. At first, he did not trust this dream, but after having the same dream night after night, he began to believe it. In his devotion to Allah, Ibrahim agreed to follow this dream and perform the sacrifice. But Allah intervened and sent a ram to be sacrificed in his son’s place. Despite the loss it would have caused Ismail, he demonstrated he would sacrifice his son as an act of piety. This is a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah.

Eid Ul Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated during Dhul Hijjah, which is the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. It is during that month that Muslims make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Hajj is performed on the eighth, ninth and tenth days of the month. Eid Ul Adha begins on the tenth and ends on the 13th.

What is Qurbani?

Qurbani, or Udhiyah as it is known in Arabic, is the sacrifice of an animal to Allah (swt) during the period of Eid ul Adha. According to hadith it is a Sunnah of Ibrahim (as) and for every hair of the Qurbani animal you receive a reward from Allah (swt).

“It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah, it is your piety that reaches Him.” (22:37)

Who should perform Qurbani?

The general ruling is that Qurbani should be performed by adults of sane mind and affordable means. This means that anybody who meets the threshold for Zakat, should be performing Qurbani also. If you have any doubts, please contact your local Mosque.

What animals are sacrificed at Qurbani?

The animals we slaughter at Qurbani are goats, sheep and cows. They can be male or female and in good health. Goats and sheep must be at least one year old and cows must be two.

When is Qurbani performed?

Qurbani can be performed from the 10th day of the month Dhul-Hijjah (Eid ul Ahda) until the sun sets on the 12th day. The best time to perform Qurbani is immediately after the completion of the Eid ul Adha prayers.

When should we give money for Qurbani?

You can pay your Qurbani to SABA Relief anytime until 3rd day of Eid ul Adha.

The  situation in Yemen is worsening from what is already the world’s most severe humanitarian disaster. After years of war, eight million of Yemen’s estimated 28 million people are at risk of starvation, according to the United Nations and aid agencies.

Every year, SABA Relief carries out Qurbani in Yemen, on behalf of donors. We help in areas where starvation is a reality of daily life. SABA Relief’s Qurbani campaign this year is out to tackle hunger in some of the poorest places in Yemen.  Your Qurbani donation can make an immediate difference for a family who cannot buy meat most weeks of the year.

It is a great way to help the needy in Yemen who suffer from poverty and adverse conditions. It is important to Yemen as they are in desperate need of food especially for Eid, when it is supposed to be a time for celebrating.

Please help us reach more households this Eid, so no child or family goes hungry.

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