Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Qurbani?

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

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 2023?

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, when the Qurbani sacrifices will begin for Eid al Adha 2023, is expected to begin on the evening of Wednesday 28th June.

The Prophet Muhammad () 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 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. How will the meat be packed and distributed to the people?

The meat is handled in a covid safe way and will be vacuum packed. Placed in boxes, with ice packs so the temperature is kept for up to 48 hrs hours. Our deliveries are made within 24 hours.

8. Where is Penny Appeal performing Qurbanis?

We do fresh meat distribution in Uganda, India, Tanzania, and the UK. We are also performing Qurbanis in other countries, please call 03000 11 11 11 for more information and prices.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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 () or his family members. However, this must be done in addition to your own Qurbani.

12. 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.

13. 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 before 7th July, so that we can make all the necessary preparations and deliver your Qurbani meat to those in need.

14. 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.

15. Can I pay for Qurbani with my Zakat or Sadaqah?

No, Qurbani is a separate obligation.

16. 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.

17. What is our 100% Qurbani Promise?

We are honoured to be your charity of choice for the sacred act of Qurbani, which is why we have a 100% Qurbani Assurance – we are committed to providing Qurbani services that are 100% compliant with Islamic requirements and principles. We always source and sacrifice the healthiest animals with your donation, maintaining your duty as a Muslim and guaranteeing every Qurbani is given to those who need it the most! Qurbani is an obligation upon those who meet the appropriate wealth threshold in Islam; carrying out this noble tradition helps us to remember the needs of those less fortunate. Our Qurbani animals are always healthy and well cared for, in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards. We only use approved slaughterhouses that meet all relevant religious and legal requirements. Your Qurbani donation makes a BIG difference to the lives of others and helps to build a better world for everyone. Thank you for your support!

18. Can I have a portion of Qurbani delivered to my doorstep?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide home delivery of our Qurbani this year due to logistical reasons out of our control. We look forward to resuming this service next year, Insha'Allah.

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