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“So pray to your Lord and offer sacrifice [to Him alone].”

[Al-Quran 108:2]

Qurbani is an important act of worship in Islam. Allah (SWT) commands the believers to offer a sacrifice with pure intention. By offering Qurbani, the believers aim to increase their piety by achieving the pleasure of Allah (SWT). Qurbani is a confirmed sunnah of the honourable prophets and the way of the righteous Muslims. The act of Qurbani symbolises the life of a true believer who is willing to make sacrifices for the sake of Allah (SWT). 

Origins of Qurbani

The first mention of Qurbani is made in the Quran with reference to the sacrifice offered by Abel and Cain, the sons of the Prophet Adam (AS).

“And recite to them the story of the two sons of Adam rightly: When both of them offered a sacrifice, it was accepted from one of them, and was not accepted from the other.”

[Al Ma’idah 5:27]

The above verse implies that Allah (SWT) only accepts the sacrifice made with the spirit of humility and obedience. In addition to this, the Quran discusses the story of the great sacrifice offered by the Prophet Ibrahim (AS).

“And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, ‘O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.’ He said, ‘O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast’.” [As-Saffat 37:102]

Allah (SWT) rewarded the Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) submission by replacing his beloved son with a sacrificial animal.

“And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice.” [37:107]

Muslims commemorate this great sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) by performing Qurbani every year at the time of Eid al-Adha.

Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW)

Qurbani is the highly recommended Sunnah. It is reported in authentic narrations that he offered sacrifice every year during his stay in Madina. At the time of farewell Hajj, the Prophet (SAW) offered Qurbani of a hundred camels. There are various hadith encouraging Muslims to participate in the act of Qurbani. According to one report, the Prophet (SAW) said:

“Whoever offers a sacrifice after the prayer has completed his rituals (of Eid) and has followed the way of the Muslims.” [Bukhari, 5545]

In another hadith, the Prophet (SAW) mentioned the immeasurable reward of Qurbani:

“The son of Adam does no deed on the day of udhiyah dearer to Allah than the sacrificing of animals. It (the sacrificed animal) will come on the Day of Qiyamah with its horns, its hair and its hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore, sacrifice with a happy heart. [Tirmidhi]

Can Qurbani Money be Donated?

It is preferable to perform the sacrifice yourself but appointing someone else to do so on your behalf is also permissible. This means that Qurbani money can be donated to a charity who will purchase and slaughter the animal on your behalf. It is worthwhile to remember that Qurbani donations in the UK provide a lifeline to those suffering from hunger and poverty. By donating your Qurbani online, you not only fulfil your religious obligation, but also help charities like UKIM feed vulnerable families around the world.

Donate Qurbani Online

Many UK Muslims choose to give their Qurbani donations online. Give your Qurbani donation in 2024 to UKIM this Eid ul-Adha and secure abundant reward in the blessed days of Dhul Hijjah. Our teams will ensure your sacrifice is made in line with the Qurbani rules and is delivered to those who need it most. Qurbani money can be donated in advance. Donate today and give the joy of Eid to someone in need this year.

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