Umm-Al-Qura calendar

Upon the completion of the annual Hajj, the festival of Eid ul-Adha is celebrated by Muslims around the world. 

Once Eid ul-Adha prayers have concluded, Qurbani – the act of sacrificing a livestock animal – is carried out. By sacrificing an animal and distributing its meat in three equal parts (one for yourself, one for your loved ones, and the last for those in need) you will be following in the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim’s (A.S) great sacrifice.

Through the act of sacrificing an animal, Qurbani teaches us obedience, devotion and gratitude. Not only are we commemorating the ultimate sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) was prepared to make in accordance with the wishes of Allah (SWT), but we are also reaching out to strengthen our own relationship with Him.

By splitting the meat into three equal parts, we learn the importance of helping our brothers and sisters in need, no matter where they may be in the world.

Nowadays, many Muslims choose to donate their Qurbani to be performed on their behalf around the world, in order to benefit those most in need. This enables the meat to be distributed to some of the most disadvantaged people in the world, directly benefitting those in the places where it will have the greatest influence. 

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are no days greater and more beloved to Allah than these ten days of Dhul Hijjah, so increase in them your declaration of the oneness of Allah (tahlil), your exaltation of him (takbir), and your praise of him (tahmid).”

(Musnad Ahmad 5423)

Qurbani Rules

There are certain rules associated with Qurbani which include:

  • The animal sacrifice must be done on the 10th, 11th or 12th day of Dhul Hijjah
  • Qurbani must be distributed in three equal parts
  • Livestock animals eligible for Qurbani are goats, sheep, cows, bulls, buffalo, and camels

 In order to be eligible to give Qurbani, you must be:

  • An adult Muslim
  • Sane, and of sound mind
  • In possession of wealth that meets or exceeds the equivalent value of 52.5 tolas of silver

‘There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgement with its horn, hair and hooves. Allah accepts sacrifice before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore, sacrifice with an open and happy heart.’

(Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

What is Dhul Hijjah?

Dhul Hijjah is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar. This is the time for Muslims from all over the world to complete Hajj - their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca in order to visit the Kaaba. It is an important spiritual journey that all Muslims must complete at least once during their lifetime.

Important Days in Dhul Hijjah

Dhul Hijjah is a month with plenty of important dates and actions, including:

  • The Hajj pilgrimage
  • Fasting throughout the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah
  • Night prayers (Tahajjud) during the first ten nights of Dhul Hijjah
  • The Day of Arafah
  • Takbirut Tashreeq (recitation) is observed from the 9th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah
  • The Festival of Sacrifice, Eid ul-Adha, begins on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah and ends at sunset on the 13th of Dhul Hijjah

The Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

The ten days of Dhul Hijjah also include the act of Qurbani and the Day of Hajj, which combines acts of worship in a way unlike any other day.

Fasting

It is Sunnah to fast on the day of Arafah, the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. In fact, fasting on this day will expiate the sins of two whole years.

Takbeer

It is Sunnah to say Takbeer during these days:

Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, there is no God but Allah, and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest, and all praise is for Allah.

Men should read these phrases out loud, and women should read them quietly.

‘Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, La-Ilaha ill-Allah, waAllaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, waLillahil’

(Hamd)

UK Islamic Mission and Qurbani

When you donate to UK Islamic Mission's Qurbani appeal, you can rest assured that we will only sacrifice animals who meet the Qurbani rules and we will never supply frozen, tinned or treated meat in any way. The Qurbani shares we distribute are always delivered fresh to families and those living in poverty, allowing those in need to enjoy their Eid Al-Adha celebrations with loved ones, alongside the global ummah. Please give Qurbani today and be the difference for someone in need.

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