Qurbani 2022

Remember our Palestinians brothers and sisters this Dhul Hijjah

“No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).” [Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.)]

Struggle and Sacrifice

Remember our Palestinians brothers and sisters this Dhul Hijjah

Narrated Ibn Abbas (R.A.), who said that Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) said: “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).”

The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are considered the best days of the year. On these holy days, all good deeds carry extra weight.

For Palestinians, this season of sacrifice is filled with ongoing struggle.

Violence, poverty and food insecurity make this Eid al Adha a time of difficulty rather than joy.

All Muslims who can afford to are expected to complete Qurbani/Udhiyya for Eid al Adha.

This act of sacrifice on Eid is an important act of worship and we follow in the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) on this day and submit to Allah SWT. These days are holy and they are reminders of the mercy of Allah SWT and the value of sacrifice and faith.

This Dhul Hijjah and Eid al Adha, we ask you to remember our brothers and sisters of the holy land when celebrating and completing religious rites. Interpal are utilising their expertise to support humanitarian aid and advocate for Palestinian human rights. We can only do this with your ongoing support.

Qurbani in Palestine

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Eid al Adha & Qurbani Explained

What is Qurbani/Udhiyya?

Both Qurbani and Udhiyya are used to refer to the ritual sacrifice performed during Eid ul Adha.

Every year during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the globe sacrifice an animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to reflect the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh)’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, for the sake of God.

In accordance to Shariah, at least one third of the meat from the animal must go to poor or vulnerable people. Traditionally, a Muslim would keep one third of the meat for their family and give the final third to their neighbours, friends and family.

Is Qurbani compulsory for me?

The general rule is that Qurbani should be performed by adults of sane mind and affordable means. Some Islamic Schools of Thought class the act as wajib (obligatory), while others say it is a sunnah (optional).

However, it is generally agreed that if a person can afford Qurbani, they should perform it.

How many Qurbanis do I need to do?

Qurbani animals have ‘shares’. Sheep and goats have one share each, camels and cattle each have seven shares.

So for a single person, Qurbani is fulfilled with a sheep or a goat.

Up to seven people can share in the purchase of a cow or a camel, and the sacrifice will be made for the seven.

1 small animal (Sheep or Goat) = 1 Qurbani1 large animal (Cattle) = 7 Qurbanis

What is the significance of Qurbani?

The practice of Qurbani can be traced back to the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh).

The Prophet had dreamed that God ordered him to sacrifice his only son, Ismail. In his devotion to God, Ibrahim agreed to follow his dream and perform the sacrifice. Prophet Ibrahim told his son about the dream, and Ismail himself was ready and willing to be sacrificed.

But before anything happened, God intervened and sent a sheep/ram to be sacrificed in Ismail’s place.

Ismail was spared because Ibrahim proved he would sacrifice his son as an act of piety, despite the loss it would have caused him. The continued practice of sacrifice acts as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to God.

The month of Dhul Hijjah is an especially holy time and good deeds have extra reward during the first ten days of the month. Eid is the 10th Day of the month.

What is Eid Al Adha?

Eid Al Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated during the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, also known as Dhul Hijjah.

It is enjoined upon every Muslim who has the financial means to perform Qurbani to commemorate the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim (as) was prepared to carry out in the name of Allah (swt). Animals that can be sacrificed are goats, cows and camels. This occurs during the days of Eid Al Adha and people celebrate the meaning and completion of this action.

What is the difference between Qurbani and Udhiyyah?

There is no difference between the two terms. Udhiyyah is an Arabic word meaning “blood sacrifice”, and ‘Qurbani’ is an Urdu and Persian word derived from the Arabic word “Qurban” which literally means an act performed to seek Allah’s pleasure.

Qurbani is far more popular among the Muslims of UK, but Udhiyyah is also used commonly.

When should you do Qurbani?

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

In towns, cities and villages where Jumaah (Friday prayers) and Eid prayers are performed, Qurbani is not permissible before the Eid salah.

You can order your Qurbani with us anytime before Eid Al Adha, up till the second day of Eid. Interpal will ensure your Qurbani is performed on Eid Day itself (and before the end of the third day for late orders).

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