Qurbani is the ritual sacrifice of an animal whose meat is to be distributed to those in need. This is done in the spirit of the story of the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) who, through a dream, was ordered to offer his son Ismail (AS) in sacrifice as a means of testing his devotion. Ibrahim (AS) showed his unrelenting faith by preparing for the sacrifice, and in turn found that his son was spared, and a ram was sacrificed instead.
Most Muslims choose to donate their Qurbani to charities, to perform the sacrifice on their behalf. This enables the meat to be distributed to the individuals and families around the world who would benefit the most from their donation. As we approach this most holy occasion, here are a few Qurbani rules to bear in mind when giving your donation this year!
1. When should I give my Qurbani?
Qurbani must be carried out on the 10th, 11th, and 12th days of Dhul-Hijjah, to mark the start of Eid al-Adha and the feast of the sacrifice. As the final day of sacrifice is on the 12th day of this holy month, you must make sure to give your Qurbani before this date to ensure Penny Appeal USA can carry out the sacrifice on your behalf for that year. You can give Qurbani at any time before this date, and we will ensure that the sacrifice is performed between the 10th and 12th days of Dhul-Hijjah.
2. Who needs to give Qurbani? Do I need to give Qurbani on behalf of my children?
One of the most important Qurbani rules is in regards to who is required to give Qurbani. Muslims who are eligible to pay Zakat, adults of sound mind and a financial standing of at least 52.5 tolas of silver, must also give Qurbani. Children and the mentally vulnerable are not required to give Qurbani.
3. Can I donate to other charitable causes instead and fulfill my obligation?
Charity giving doesn’t substitute Qurbani donations nor fulfill your obligation during this time of year. To ensure you receive rewards and satisfy your obligation, you must arrange for an animal to be sacrificed.
4. Which animals are suitable for Qurbani donation?
Sheep, goats, cattle, and camels are all suitable animals for sacrifice. However, due to the varying sizes of animals and the differing amount of meat they provide, the amount of people who can give Qurbani per animal can vary. If you donate your Qurbani with Penny Appeal USA this year, we will ensure that the animals sacrificed are healthy and meet the strict religious guidelines to ensure your Qurbani is accepted. At Penny Appeal USA, you can provide one Qurbani for just $40, to feed those in need from India, Sudan, and Cameroon.
5. Are there any regulations on how the animals are treated?
Animals should be sacrificed according to proper Islamic regulations. This should be with a sharp knife so the animal experiences no suffering, and there should be no other animals present for this at the time.
6. How does the distribution of my Qurbani work?
Your Qurbani should be divided equally in three parts, and shared with your family, friends and relatives, and those in need.
Qurbani at Penny Appeal USA follows all the Qurbani rules listed above so you can reap all the blessings from your Qurbani Donation. We’re making your obligation of Qurbani simple, just set your intentions and make a donation!