What does qurbani or udhiya mean?
The Arabic words Qurbani or Udhiya refer to a sacrifice done in an effort to come close to God, honouring the momentous act of submission that Prophet Ibrahim made. Every year, during Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – typically a sheep, goat, camel or cow – to commemorate the Prophet Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice what he loved most for the sake of Allah (swt).
Why can’t I choose the country I want to give to?
To ensure the funds are distributed to those in need in the regions where we work in, we do not provide the option of selecting a country. We predetermine the amount of livestock for every country within each region, so that the needs of every country and the region as a whole is served.
What about the other countries that aren’t listed?
As part of a global family of Islamic Relief offices, Islamic Relief Australia fulfils Qurban distributions in select countries while other partners serve other selected countries. This ensures that the needs of multiple communities are met simultaneously, and that no country where we work is left out! This means that even though some countries aren’t listed on the Qurban options on our website, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t being helped. Alhamdulillah, alongside our global Islamic Relief family, in 2018 we collectively distributed Qurban meat to over 3 million people in over 30 countries.
Who needs to perform Qurban?
Qurban is obligatory upon every able adult who has wealth in excess to their needs. Normally, those who are eligible to pay Zakat have to give a Qurban.
Which animals are used for Qurban?
The animals used are livestock animals, such as sheep, goats, cows or buffalo.
1 sheep or goat = 1 Qurban
1 cow or buffalo = 7 Qurbans (one Qurban –one-seventh of the animal)
Since the selection of animals depends on the availability and customs of each region, we do not provide the option of selecting your animal of choice at the time of donation. Animals are instead pre-allocated within each region. We ensure that the animals are healthy, free from blindness and chronic sickness or disease or from any apparent ailment, and that they are of a fit age.
How is the price point for each region determined?
While the price for livestock animals differs from country to country, we base our price on the average calculated of those countries’ prices within each region. This price includes all costs associated with fulfilling and distributing your Qurbani.
Is it obligatory to give qurbani for each member of my family?
Islamic Relief Australia recognises the various opinions in the Islamic tradition, and welcomes all to fulfill this religious right in consultation with local scholars.
Do you need the name of the people on whose behalf the sacrifice is being made?
We do not require the names, as the practice of reciting the name upon sacrificing is logistically very difficult to fulfil due to the vast requests we receive during this season. This is similar to the practice of offering sacrifice while on Hajj. The scholars have approved the sacrifice without the names as long as the intention of the person was made. We encourage everyone to make their intention when donating their Qurban.
If I pay for Qurban on behalf of someone else, will their name be called out at the time of the slaughter?
No, as Islamic Relief is conducting hundreds of thousands of Qurbans around the world, this is practically not possible. It is also not necessary to give the name of the person, even if you are making a Qurban on behalf of someone else. As long as you have made the intention that you are giving this Qurban on behalf of a certain person that should be sufficient.
How does Islamic Relief decide who is the most needy when distributing Qurban meat?
We select Qurban based on a scoring system according to need. The scoring system is based on the following objective criteria: families which live on less than the minimum income for that particular country – 40 points; female-headed households – 20 points; families with elderly persons or people with disabilities – 10 points; children under five years old – 5 points; pregnant women or lactating mothers – 5 points; families with little or no access to the market – 5 points. It is the policy of Islamic Relief to distribute only one Qurban meat pack to each family regardless of family size.
Can I make my Qurban donation towards the orphan I’m sponsoring?
We are not able to carry out Qurbans for specific orphans because the scale of the project would make this logistically difficult. Donors can still carry out a general Qurban through the normal channels and pay the normal price. However, orphans do represent a category of high priority in all our programs and therefore they not only benefit from donors’ sponsorship, but also from receiving other support and aid during Ramadan and Qurban.
What day will the Qurban be performed?
The slaughter will take place on one of the days of Eid.
If you give a Qurban on the second or third day of Eid, the Qurban will still be carried out on one of the days of Eid, as Islamic Relief has already purchased the animals to be slaughtered beforehand. Qurbans are carried out on the basis of forecasts drawn. If necessary, modifications are made, and additional funds are transferred to the relevant country. In effect, donors are paying towards Qurbans which are already allocated.
When should we give money for Qurban?
It is advisable to give as early as possible. The time for offering the sacrifice begins after the Eid prayer on Eid al-Adha and ends when the sun sets on the 13th of Dhu’l-Hijjah. There are four days of sacrifice: the day of Eid al-Adha and the three days after it. It is better to hasten the sacrifice after the Eid prayer, as the Prophet (PBUH) used to do so the first thing he would eat on the day of Eid would be meat from his sacrifice.
When can I make my Qurbani payments until?
The time for sacrifice ends when the sun sets on the fourth day. You can make payments right up until the end of third day after Eid (13th of Dhu’l-Hijjah) before Maghrib. Islamic Relief has already purchased the animals to be slaughtered.
Do I have to perform Qurban on behalf of my children?
This depends on the school of thought that one follows. Please consult your local Imam/Sheikh.
How are your prices defined – Some prices appear more expensive than others?
Since Qurban is an act of worship, then one has to offer the best. Islamic Relief adopts high-quality standards when it comes to selecting sacrificial animals. Standards cover health, weight (meat yielded) and age. We do our utmost to ensure our needy brothers and sisters around the world receive the best quality Qurbans because the believer is asked to love for his brother/sister what they love for themselves. Usually, these high standards come at a higher cost. Islamic Relief always tries to reach the vulnerable people in the most remote areas where communities are hard to reach. In many of these remote areas Islamic Relief is the only charity with operations and represents the only hope (after Allah) for the communities there. Transporting meat to hard-to-reach rural areas incurs higher transportation costs, in turn affecting the Qurban price. The current situation in certain countries impacted by conflict or natural disasters also add to these costs.
How can we really be sure that the Qurbans we pay for in some of these countries are actually taking place?
Islamic Relief has been performing Qurbans since 1986. As with our other projects, Islamic Relief’s work is constantly monitored and audited. Reports are also produced each year accounting for the activities carried out in each country.
How are Qurbans performed at Islamic Relief?
Qurbans are performed through Islamic Relief field offices in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Islamic Relief field offices purchase and slaughter animals locally. If there are problems with livestock supply in a particular country (due to limited local supply, natural disaster etc.) then animals are sourced and slaughtered abroad. They are then either canned or frozen and shipped to the affected countries. All animals are sacrificed according to Islamic guidelines.
Are all the costs included in the price?
Yes, all the various expenses such as the cost of the animal, slaughter, transportation, storage and packaging, and distribution are all included in the price.
Why does Islamic Relief include an admin charge in its Qurban pricing?
Admin charges are necessary in order to perform the Qurbans as they cover the cost of transportation, slaughtering, packaging, distribution, hire of staff as well as organisational support costs.
Is it allowed to do more than one Qurban?
It is allowed to offer more than one sacrifice as the Prophet (PBUH) himself carried out multiple Qurbans for himself and the Ummah. Many Muslims offer multiple Qurbans on behalf of the Prophet (PBUH) and for deceased parents.