What is Qurbani and other Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Qurbani?

The Prophet (saw) was once asked: “What is Qurbani?”
The Prophet (saw) replied: “It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim (as). For every hair of the Qurbani you receive a reward from Allah (swt).”

The practice of sacrifice can be traced back to the Prophet Ibrahim (as) who dreamt that Allah (swt) ordered him to sacrifice his son, Ismail (as).
In his devotion to Allah (swt), Ibrahim (as) agreed to perform the sacrifice. Upon being told of his father’s dream, Ismail (as) himself even showed willingness to comply for the sake of Allah (swt).
However, when Ibrahim (as) went to carry out the sacrifice, Allah (swt) intervened and sent a ram in Ismail’s (as) place.
The continued act of sacrifice acts as a reminder of Ibrahim’s (as) and Ismail’s (as) obedience to Allah (swt).

2. When is Qurbani 2019?

The days of Qurbani are the 10th, 11th and 12th of Dhul Hijjah. The first day is better than the second, and the second better than the last.

The 10th of Dhul Hijjah will be celebrated on Sunday 11th August 2019, when the Qurbani sacrifices will begin for Eid al Adha 2019.

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “The first thing that we do on the day of Eid is to perform the prayers. Then we go home and carry out our Qurbani. Thus whoever does those acts has conformed to our Sunnah. And for those who slaughtered before it, then the meat is for the family members and not as an act of Qurbani.” [Bukhari]

You can order your Qurbani with Penny Appeal at any time before Eid, which is permissible, and we’ll ensure the sacrifice is carried out on the right day.

3. Who should give Qurbani?

All Muslim adults who are sane and eligible to pay Zakat must make the sacrifice.

 4. Which animals can be sacrificed?

Qurbani animals must be a goat, sheep, cattle (cow, ox, water buffalo) or camel.

 5. Can a sick or defected animal be offered as Qurbani?

All animals for Qurbani must be in good health and free from any problems with their eyes, bones, and limbs. All our Qurbani animals are well cared for and thoroughly checked to ensure they are suitable.

6. How is the slaughter performed?

To be accepted as Qurbani the animals must be slaughtered in the appropriate Islamic way.

7. Where is Penny Appeal performing Qurbanis?

We do fresh meat distribution in Uganda, India and the UK.

If you wish to do fresh meat distributions in any of the below countries, you can do so by calling 03000 11 11 11.







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We also deliver Qurbani in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Ghana, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Senegal.

For these locations, we properly preserve and package the meat into ready-to-eat packets, so it can maintain a shelf life of over 1 year, before shipping it to any of the above mentioned locations, including hard-to-reach places where people are struggling to survive through war and poverty.

8. Can I choose which animal will be sacrificed for my Qurbani?

The availability of animals and local preferences determine which animals are slaughtered so it is not possible to specify.

9. Who receives the Qurbani meat?

All the fresh, succulent Qurbani meat benefits local poor and needy families, allowing them to share the celebration of Eid with us. The Qurbani meat may be handed out so that families can make a hot, nutritious meal for Eid, or our teams may organise community meals where we prepare and cook hot, nutritious meals for needy people in the area.

10. For Qurbani in the UK, can I get a share of the meat?

Of course!

You can get a third of your Qurbani meat delivered directly to your door. Two thirds of your Qurbani will go to homeless people and refugees here in the UK, following the Sunnah.

11. When will my share of the Qurbani be delivered, for Qurbani in the UK?

If you buy Qurbani in the UK, your third of the Qurbani meat will be delivered to your door on the third day of Eid. Depending on when Eid falls, you will get your third of the meat by either Tuesday the 13th or Wednesday the 14th. Rest assured that after your Qurbani animal is slaughtered according to the Sunnah, the meat will be properly packed and refrigerated on its way to your door, so it will be fresh and delicious when it arrives.

12. How much is delivery for Qurbani in the UK?

You will need to pay £4.99 per Qurbani share. So if you buy 1 Qurbani in the UK, and you request to keep a third of it for yourself, you will pay £4.99 for delivery.

This cost is so that we can properly refrigerate your Qurbani meat on the way to your house, so that by the time it reaches you, it is still fresh and tasty.

13. Can a Qurbani be made on behalf of another person?

Absolutely! You may give Qurbani on behalf of someone else, including a deceased Muslim. You can also give Qurbani in the name of The Prophet (saw) or his family members. However, this must be done in addition to your own Qurbani.

14. Should I avoid anything in the 10 days before Eid ul-Adha?

During this time you should not cut your hair or nails or remove parts of the skin.

15. When is the deadline for giving Qurbani?

For Qurbani international, we can take Qurbani donations before and during all three days of Eid.

For Qurbani in the UK, please donate your Qurbani by 8th August, so that we can make all the necessary preparations and deliver your Qurbani meat to those in need, and to your house if you choose to keep a third of the meat for you and your loved ones.

16. How many people are fed with each Qurbani?

One Qurbani will provide approximately 57 meals. A Qurbani is 1/7 of a large cattle or camel, or a whole sheep or goat.

17. Can I pay for Qurbani with my Zakat or sadaqah?

No, Qurbani is a separate obligation.

18. Will I get a receipt or feedback?

We’ll send you a receipt to confirm your Qurbani but we are unable to provide notification when individual Qurbanis have been completed.