Learn All About Qurbani Donations
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Learn All About Qurbani Donations: Let’s Break It Down

Qurbani means sacrificing an animal. Every year during a special month in Islam called Dhul Hijjah, Muslims all over the world sacrifice an animal like a goat, sheep, cow, or camel.

They do this to remember when the Prophet Ibrahim was ready to sacrifice his son Ismail because God asked him to. In 2023, the goal is to help more people with Qurbani than ever before.

After the animal is sacrificed, its meat is given to those who really need it. You can learn more about how Islamic Relief shares out Qurbani meat in the questions below.

Giving Qurbani is something many religious leaders say is important. For some Muslims following the Hanafi school of thought, it’s a must if you can afford it. There are rules about which animals can be sacrificed, how healthy they should be, and how the sacrifice should be done.

By donating your Qurbani through Islamic Relief, you’ll help people in more than 30 countries who are struggling. For many of them, Eid is the only time they get to eat meat all year.

Significance of Qurbani in Islam

The Quran describes the animal sacrifice as follows: “It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah (STW): it is your piety that reaches Him” (22:37).

The following hadith also describes the importance of Qurbani: The Messenger of Allah (SWT) said, “There is nothing dearer to Allah (SWT) during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals.

The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Resurrection with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed).

The Sacrifice will be accepted from him who completes his ablution and offers his prayer in full.” (Ibn Majah).

Bismillah in Sacrificing

Qurbani is when Muslims sacrifice an animal as an act of worship for Allah (SWT). They do this after completing the Hajj pilgrimage, which is one of the important duties in Islam. This sacrifice happens during Eid al-Adha, which is known as the Feast of Sacrifice.

When sacrificing an animal, it’s important to say “Bismillah Allahu Akbar.” This means “In the name of Allah (SWT), Allah (SWT) is the Greatest.” The animal must be sacrificed right after saying this, without saying anything else. If someone leaves an animal after saying this and then sacrifices another one, they have to say “Bismillah” again. If there are several animals to sacrifice, “Bismillah Allahu Akbar” should be said for each one separately.

A Chance of Showing Gratitude to Allah (SWT)

Qurbani is a way for Muslims to thank Allah (SWT) for all the blessings He has given them. It can be done by sacrificing a small animal like a goat or a part of a larger animal like a cow. Either way, it fulfills the duty of showing gratitude to Allah (SWT).

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Quran

He says:

As for the charitable offerings of camels and cattle at the Hajj-Pilgrimage, We have made the benefit of sacrificing them among the prescribed rituals and waymarks of Allah (SWT) for you.

In them, there is much good for you. So mention the name of Allah (SWT) over them as they stand in the ranks for sacrifice.

Then when they collapse upon their flanks, you may butcher their meat to eat of them yourselves — and to feed both the self-restrained needy and the suppliant poor.

Thus have We subjugated the sacrificial animals to feed you all so that you may all give thanks to Allah (SWT). Never shall any part of their flesh nor their blood reach Allah (SWT).

But rather, it is your devotion — inspired by the fear of Allah (SWT) in you — that reaches Him. Therefore has He subjugated them to you, that you shall extol Allah (SWT), the Creator, for the blessing of faith to which He has guided you. So give glad tidings to those who excel in doing good (Surat Hajj, 22:36-37).

Taking care of the poor, the needy, and the community

Donating Qurbani helps those who are less fortunate and in need during Eid al-Adha. It allows them to enjoy the celebration and have food to eat during this special time. 

Allah (SWT) said in Quran: 

“The animal offerings are among the rites decreed by GOD for your own good. You shall mention God’s name on them while they are standing in line. Once they are offered for sacrifice, you shall eat therefrom and feed the poor and the needy. This is why we subdued them for you, that you may show your appreciation.”

– Qu’ran 22:36

Qurbani brings the whole community together during Eid al-Adha. By sacrificing an animal and sharing its meat with needy families, everyone celebrates together. When you donate for Qurbani, you’re not just performing a sacred duty; you’re also helping those who are less fortunate.

The Nisab For Qurbani?

The Nisab for Qurbani is the minimum amount of wealth a Muslim needs to have before they are required to perform the Qurbani sacrifice. It’s mandatory for Muslims who have reached puberty, are eligible to pay Zakat (a form of charity), and are mentally sound.

“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘Whoever has the means to sacrifice but does not do so, let him not approach our place of prayer.'” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

FAQ

How Much Is 1 Qurbani?

Each eligible member of the household who is obligated to donate Qurbani must give at least one Qurbani. For instance, one Qurbani can be a sheep or goat. Alternatively, a larger animal like a cow, buffalo, or camel can be offered, and its sacrifice can fulfill the Qurbani obligation for up to seven people.

What Is 7 Shares Of Qurbani?

When it comes to Qurbani, one small animal like a goat or sheep counts as one Qurbani share. However, a larger animal such as a cow or camel equals seven shares. This means it can be divided among seven individuals, each fulfilling their Qurbani obligation.

How many teeth for Qurbani?

The animals chosen for Qurbani must have their teeth intact, without being toothless or having more than half of their teeth missing. There’s no preference between male or female animals for Qurbani. While it’s recommended to castrate male animals, it’s not mandatory.

Who is not eligible for Qurbani?

One of the key rules of Qurbani is about who needs to give it. Muslims who are eligible to pay Zakat, adults who are mentally sound, and have a certain amount of wealth (at least 52.5 tolas of silver) are required to give Qurbani. However, children and those who are mentally vulnerable are not obligated to give Qurbani. 

How to slaughter a ram in Islam?

The animal should be slaughtered by saying the name of Allah (SWT) and praising Him. A sharp knife should be used to minimize pain, cutting its jugular vein swiftly. Its skin and limbs should not be removed as long as there are signs of life in the animal.

Conclusion

Qurbani holds deep significance in Islam, symbolizing piety and gratitude to Allah (SWT). Through sacrificing animals during Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience to God. This act of worship, guided by Quranic verses and Hadith, underscores the essence of devotion and compassion towards the less fortunate.

Donating Qurbani not only fulfills a religious obligation but also fosters community cohesion by sharing blessings with those in need. As Quranic teachings emphasize, the essence of sacrifice lies not in the meat or blood but in the sincerity of one’s faith. Thus, Qurbani transcends ritualistic practice, embodying the spirit of generosity and unity among believers.

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