Qurbani for orphans, widows and the poor
Qurbani is the act of offering the sacrifice of an animal to Allah (SWT) on Eid-ul-Adha and is one of the obligatory acts of Hajj. All Muslim adults who are eligible to pay Zakat must make the sacrifice. Ideally, the meat should be divided into three equal parts…a share for home, a share to give to relative and friends, and a share for the poor and needy.
Giving meat to the poor and needy as required when doing Qurbani spreads happiness so they may also enjoy the event, celebration and festivities of Eid-ul-Adha.
At Orphans in Need, 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 for you and distribute the meat for you 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 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.)
What is Qurbani?
The word Qurbani means offering and is the ritual of sacrificing an animal, a goat, sheep, cow or camel, during the month of Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic Calendar. The practice of Qurbani is a recognition of the sacrifice made by the Prophet Ibrahim, who was willing to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah (SWT).
Every year, to commemorate his sacrifice, every able-bodied 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.
Orphans in Need understand the importance of quality sourcing from hard-working farmers and we work closely with our partners to ensure Qurbani animals are raised healthily and according to Qurbani rules. Our teams on the ground ensure every needy family can enjoy a nutritious meal this Eid-ul-Adha.
Why is Qurbani Significant?
Qurbani is extremely important in Islam and began with the Prophet Ibrahim 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, 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 place.
When is Qurbani?
Qurbani 2020 in the UK falls on the 10th, 11th and 12th days of Dhul Hijjah, following the Hajj pilgrimage, according to the Qurbani rules and while sacrifice can only be made on these days, Qurbani donations can be made in the lead up to the celebration.
When is Eid-ul-Adha?
Eid-ul-Adha is the second of the Eid celebrations and celebrated on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, lasting three to four days, depending on the location. The Qurbani Eid 2020 is expected to fall on the evening of Thursday 30th July, lasting until Monday 3rd August, 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-ul-Fitr, make dedicated Eid prayers and wear special clothes in celebration of the day.
Orphans in Need and Qurbani
Every year, your Qurbani donations 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 2020 start from £25 for a share or you can provide an Eid meal from £10.