Which Animals are Not Eligible for Qurbani?
In addition to the above requirements, there are further conditions that determine the eligibility of an animal for sacrifice. Qurbani animals should not:
- Be blind or have lost one or both eyes
- Be missing more than a third of an ear
- Be missing more than a third of their tail
- Have missing or damaged horns
- Be lame or unable to walk
- Be excessively thin
- Be missing the majority of their teeth
Lastly, castrated animals are preferred, though this is not obligatory.
How Many Shares is Each Animal Worth?
Different Qurbani animals contain different shares. Goats and sheep each contain a single share, which means that the animal must be purchased in its entirety in order for it to be offered as Qurbani. Conversely, a cow, bull, buffalo, or camel each contains seven shares. This means that up to seven Muslims can each contribute towards the cost of the animal and will receive their share in accordance with Qurbani meat distribution rules.
Nowadays, many Muslims choose to donate their Qurbani to benefit those in need around the world. This enables the Qurbani meat to be distributed directly to the places where it will do the most good.
Why is Qurbani Important?
Qurbani can teach us about the importance of our faith and strengthening our relationship with Allah (SWT). By following in the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and performing Qurbani, we can actively work to learn more about our faith as we seek rewards and blessings from our Creator.
You can learn more about Qurbani on our FAQs page.
Donate Qurbani meat with UK Islamic Mission this Eid ul-Adha and ensure your Qurbani meat donation can reach your brothers and sisters most in need at this blessed time of year.