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Qurbani or sacrifice holds immerse significance in Islam. Every year billions of Muslims all over the world partake in this tradition by slaughtering an animal in the name of Allah SWT. There are some Qurbani rules which we must follow for the slaughter of animal to be counted as Qurbani.

The obligation of Qurbani

It is an obligation for every Muslim who is of age and has wealth in excess to give Qurbani in the way of Allah.

The basic concept is that anyone who is eligible of giving Zakat is also eligible for giving Qurbani.

Every Muslim who has reached puberty and is sane

A person who is not travelling

A person who owns wealth beyond his needs equal to or greater than the current level of Nisaab for Zakat (87.4-gram gold, 612.3-gram silver)

Way of performing Qurbani

In accordance with Islamic principles of compassion and mercy towards animals:

  1. Animal should not witness the sacrifice of another animal

  2. The knife must not be sharpened in front of the animal

  3. Slaughter should be done with a sharp knife and swiftly to minimize the pain and distress on animal

  4. Animal should not be skinned until they are completely cooled.

  5. At the time of slaughter say the phrase “Bismillahi Allahu Akbar” should be pronounced, acknowledging the sanctity and reverence of the act in the name of Allah, the Greatest.
How to Perform Qurbani

Eligible people for Qurbani

 

It is essential to divide the Qurbani meat in three equal parts:

  • One part is kept for yourself, the person who perform the Qurbani
  • One part is distributed among the friends and families
  • The last and the best part is distributed among the poor and the needy.

How many Qurbani per family is recommended

Every adult member of the family who has wealth in excess should donate a minimum of one Qurbani each. One Qurbani is equivalent to one sheep/goat/lamb or one portion out of seven portions in big animal like cow/camel/buffalo.

Who can receive the meat from Qurbani

When distributing the meat of Qurbani certain things should be kept in mind so that the most deserving can receive it. Following people can receive the Qurbani meat:

  • Families residing below the minimum income threshold for their respective country.
  • Households headed by females, recognizing their increased vulnerability.
  • Families caring for disabled and/or elderly members, who may face additional challenges.
  • Children under the age of five, ensuring their nutritional needs are met during crucial developmental stages.
  • Pregnant women, safeguarding their health and well-being.
  • Breastfeeding mothers, supporting their nutritional requirements for themselves and their infants.
  • Families with limited or no access to essential goods and services in the market, ensuring aid reaches those isolated or marginalized communities.
  • This comprehensive approach ensures that Qurbani donations reach those who are most vulnerable and in need of assistance, reflecting our commitment to compassionate and impactful giving.

What are some restrictions before giving Qurbani

It is highly recommended that those intending to offer Qurbani refrain from cutting their hair or nails from the first day of Dhul-Hijjah until after the completion of the sacrifice. This practice signifies a period of heightened spiritual devotion and preparation for the act of worship, developing a deeper connection to the significance of the sacrifice in the eyes of Allah.

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)

How SKZ Foundation helps in distributing the meat

Every year, SKZ Foundation carries out Qurbani sacrifices for the sake of Allah, through the generous donations of kind-hearted people. With unwavering dedication, we ensure that this sacred act of Qurbani reaches the hearts and homes of those most in need. Then we distribute the meat fairly among the residents of slum communities. This act of kindness brings comfort and nourishment to those facing challenges, reflecting our commitment to compassion and generosity.