Umm-Al-Qura calendar

There are no days greater in the sight of Allah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel, (La ilaaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (Allaho Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alhamdo Lillah).
- Musnad Ahmad

When you see the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, then he should stop cutting his hair and nails until he has offered his sacrifice.
- Sahih Muslim

Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, La-Ilaha ill-Allah, waAllaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, waLillahil
- hamd

It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.
- 22:37

Qurbani is the way of your forefather Ibrahim. There is a reward for every hair.
- Ibn Majah

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 Judgment with its horn, hair and hooves. Allah accepts the sacrifice before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore, sacrifice with an open and happy heart.
- Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah

Whoever has the capacity to sacrifice and does not do so, should not come to the place where Eid prayer is offered.
- Hadith; Ibne Majah

The ten days of Dhul Hijjah

The ten days of Dhul Hijjah also include the day of Nahr (Qurbani), the greatest day of the whole year, and the greatest day of Arafah, 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.

Qurbani

One of the good deeds that will bring a Muslim closer to Allah (SWT) during these ten days is Qurbani. By choosing and sacrificing a high-quality livestock animal, and distributing its meat in three equal parts, Muslims are commemorating the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and following the wishes of Allah (SWT).

Qurbani Obligations

Qurbani is obligatory upon every Muslim, regardless of gender, whose total annual wealth meets or exceeds the Nisab value. It is highly virtuous for one on whom Qurbani is not obligatory to offer sacrifice for the pleasure of Allah (SWT). He will be eligible for all the reward mentioned in the Ahadeeth.

If an individual does not offer Qurbani, they must then give the price of Qurbani as Sadaqah. However, this does not mean that Sadaqah is an alternative to Qurbani.

Distribution of Qurbani

Small livestock animals (sheep and goats) count as one share per animal. Large livestock animals (cattle and camels) are divided into seven shares per animal. This means that the Qurbani of seven individuals is allowed with a single large animal.

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