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Qurbani: a Sacred Act of Worship in Islam

The word Qurbani means ‘offering’ and is the ritual of sacrificing an animal, usually a goat, sheep, cow, or camel, during the month of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar. The practice of Qurbani is a recognition of the sacrifice made by the Prophet Ibrahim (AS), who was willing to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah (SWT).

Every year, to commemorate their sacrifice, every non-disabled Muslim is expected to provide a Qurbani donation in three shares: one to help those living in poverty, one to feed friends and family, and one to keep for themselves.

How to Make a Qurbani Donation

Traditionally, Qurbani donations are made in the form of a sacrifice, but due to the law of the land in countries like the UK, where only certified people and establishments can carry out the animal slaughter, many people now donate Qurbani online. Here at Orphans in Need, we accept Qurbani donations, which we use to provide animals to communities in need.

We understand the importance of quality sourcing from hard-working farmers, and we work closely with our partners to ensure that Qurbani animals are raised healthily and according to Qurbani rules. Our teams on the ground will ensure every needy family can enjoy a nutritious meal for Qurbani Eid 2023 with their share of the Qurbani donation.

How Much is Qurbani?

If you are to make a monetary Qurbani donation, the amount you pay will be influenced by several factors. First of all, some animals are more expensive than others (i.e., a cow will cost more in the way of a donation than a goat.) Secondly, a person might choose to give Qurbani on behalf of someone else, like a deceased relative, and this will require more money.

Qurbani 2023 prices will be confirmed closer to the time.

Who Does Qurbani?

There are strict rules surrounding who must perform Qurbani. The following group of people is liable to make the sacrifice/donation:

  • Adults of sound mind
  • Those who possess more than 52.2 tolas of silver (1 tola = 11.7g of silver)
  • Those who are not travelling
  • Those who meet the Nisab threshold for Zakat

Why is Qurbani Significant?

The significance of Qurbani began with the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) when he dreamt that Allah (SWT) had asked him to sacrifice the most precious thing to him. When he realised the most precious and important thing was his son, Ismail (AS), the Prophet made a difficult choice to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah (SWT). Explaining to his son what was to happen, the two travelled together to make the sacrifice, and it was at the last moment when Allah (SWT) recognised his great sacrifice and sent a ram to be sacrificed in Ismail’s (AS) place.

When is Qurbani 2023?

Qurbani 2023 in the UK falls on the 10th, 11th, and 12th days of Dhul Hijjah, following the Hajj pilgrimage. According to the Qurbani rules, the sacrifice can only be made on these days, meaning Qurbani donations can be made in the lead-up to the celebration.

When is Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha is the second of the Eid celebrations and is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, lasting three to four days, depending on the location. The Qurbani Eid 2023 is expected to fall on the evening of Wednesday, 28 June but is dependent on the sighting of the moon. Eid celebrations are a time for family and friends to come together, eat delicious food, and, as with Eid al-Fitr, make dedicated Eid prayers and wear special clothes in celebration of the day.

Orphans in Need and Qurbani

Every year, your UK Qurbani donations online help provide quality meals to thousands of families in need and living in poverty; this year, we want to help even more people to enjoy their Eid celebrations. Qurbani prices for 2023 will be confirmed closer to the time.

Giving meat to the less fortunate, as required during Qurbani, spreads happiness so they may also enjoy the event, celebration, and festivities of Eid al-Adha.

As a UK Qurbani charity, we recognise that many families living in abject poverty will not have the means to participate in Qurbani. With your help, we will carefully select an animal and distribute the meat locally to our needy widows and orphans. We always ensure that the meat is sourced locally, meaning that the benefit of your donation is not only felt by the families you’re supporting but by their local communities too.

(Please note: a large animal is made up of seven shares, therefore can be carried out for seven different people. In India, a large animal refers to a buffalo.)

Donate your Qurbani online to our Muslim charity for UK Qurbani and make this Eid a time of great delight for our widows and orphans.