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July 6, 2020

Qurbani to over three million people

Last year alone, your donations enabled us to provide quality meat to over 3 million vulnerable people across 34 countries, including Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria, as well as impoverished communities right here at home in South Africa.


Qurbani 2020 FAQs

Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Qurbani with Islamic Reief, which you may find useful.


Who needs to perform Qurbani?

According to the majority of Muslim scholars, Qurbani is obligatory upon every sane adult Muslim male/female who has wealth in excess to his/her needs. Normally those who are eligible to pay Zakat are obliged to give Qurbani.


How does Islamic Relief select recipients of Qurbani meat?

Islamic Relief  offices that implement Qurbani follow a rigorous selection process which applies objective criteria to rank beneficiaries according to greatest need. The scoring system is based on the following criteria:

  • Families who live on less than the minimum income for that particular country
  • Female-headed households
  • Families with disabled and/or elderly persons
  • Children under five years old
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • Families with little or no access to the market

A thorough needs assessment is conducted to objectively identify the weighting and priority of each of the above criteria. These are then applied when selecting beneficiaries to ensure we reach the most needy without bias or subjectivity in selection.


Do I have to perform Qurbani on behalf of my children?

This depends on the school of Fiqh that you follow. According to the Hanafi school, Qurbani is obligatory upon:

  • every sane Muslim of mature age (who has reached puberty), who is
  • resident at the time of Qurbani, i.e. not travelling on a journey, and
  • who owns wealth which is beyond their immediate need, equal to (or more than) the current level of nisab  (see our Zakat Calculator here)

Please consult your local Imam/Sheikh for further guidance.


Does the name of the person/people for whom Qurbani is being made need to be mentioned at the time of sacrifice?

Islamic Relief is conducting hundreds of thousands of Qurbanis around the world, so this is practically not possible. It is also not necessary to pronounce the name of the person, even if you are making a Qurbani on behalf of someone else. Simply making the intention that you are giving this Qurbani on behalf of a certain person is sufficient.


Until when can I make payment for Qurbani?

Because of the scale of Islamic Relief’s global Qurbani Programme, our preparations start  months in advance. We pre-purchase the animals to be slaughtered and then recoup the cost from the contributions of our donors. Our team closely monitors the allocation of Qurbanis in the days leading up to Eid and we have arrangements with our service providers to accommodate last minute requests if need be. The time for sacrifice ends when the sun sets on the third day after Eid (13th of Dhul-Hijjah) before Maghrib Prayers. Although we have the arrangements in place, it is preferable that payments are done sufficiently in advance.


When should I pay for my Qurbani?

It is advisable to do so as soon as possible.  Islamic Relief implement our Qurbani over 4 days (10th to 13th Dhul Hijjah). We purchase the animals to be slaughtered in advance based on forecasted quotas. Hence if you give a Qurbani on any of these days, the Qurbani will be carried out in time insha’Allah.


How are Islamic Relief Qurbani prices determined?

Since Qurbani is an act of worship that is the most beloved to Allah (SWT) during the days of Tashreek, it is important that one offers the best possible offering. Therefore Islamic Relief adopts high quality standards when it comes to selecting the sacrificial animals. Standards cover health, weight (meat yielded) and age. These high standards therefore come at a higher cost which in turn further supports economic development of our Qurbani farmers.

Islamic Relief always tries to reach the most vulnerable people in the most remote areas where the communities are hard to reach. Transporting meat to hard-to-reach rural areas incurs higher logistical costs which in turn affects the Qurbani price. Conflict or disasters can make distribution more difficult and can add to the cost.

We would also like our brothers and sisters around the world to receive the best quality Qurbani because the believer is asked to love for his brother/sister that which he/she loves for him/herself.


What costs are included in the price of my Qurbani?

All the expenses incurred to implement the Qurbani are included in the price, such as:

  • the cost of the animal
  • holding and feeding of the animal
  • slaughter, skinning and cleaning
  • butchering and refrigeration
  • packing and storage
  • selection of the beneficiaries
  • transportation and distribution


Can I visit the place where the Qurbani is taking place to witness it?

It is preferable not to. On the days of Qurbani our teams on the ground are extremely busy and will not have the capacity or time to host individuals. However, if individuals are present at the locations where the Qurbani is being distributed then they are welcome to observe. Arrangements need to made beforehand and strict Covid-19 protocols have to be observed. We usually share photographs of our distributions around the world on our website and social media channels.


Download our Qurbani Guide to find out how we select the best animals for your Qurbani, as well as other useful information.

By giving your Qurbani with Islamic Relief, you can be assured that only the best quality animals are sacrificed – all according to Prophetic tradition. We don’t compromise on quality standards and we deal with local suppliers to help local economies flourish.


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