Everything you need to know about Eid Al-Adha and Qurban

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Child in South Sudan receiving their Qurban gift

What is Eid al-Adha?

Eid al-Adha, known as the festival of sacrifice, is an Islamic holiday that commemorates our beloved Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) and the momentous act of submission he made – his willingness to give up what he loved most, his one and only son, Ismail, for the sake of Allah (SWT).

When is Eid al-Adha 2019?

Eid al-Adha 2019 will be celebrated on Monday, 12 August 2019 depending on the moon sighting for the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah.

What is Qurban?

Sheep for Qurban

Qurban means sacrifice. 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 ultimate sacrifice.

The animal sacrificed is then divided into three equal portions with one third shared with the needy, one third distributed to relatives and neighbours, and the remainder kept for one’s own family.

Who is obliged to give Qurban?

Qurban is mandatory for every Muslim who has reached the age of puberty, and who can afford it.

When should I give my Qurban?

It is best to purchase your Qurban as early as possible.

The sacrifice can be made any day from the first day of Eid al-Adha (10th of Dhul Hijjah) to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah.

It is better to carry out the sacrifice immediately after the Eid prayer as the Messenger (PBUH) used to do, with his first meal on the day of Eid being meat from the sacrifice.

Employee of Islamic Relief in Qurban programme

Why donate your Qurban to Islamic Relief?

When you donate your Qurban to Islamic Relief, we prioritise providing meat to the most vulnerable families across the world during the holy season.

Our international teams work hard to get your donation to the most hard to reach regions and conflict-affected areas, including Myanmar, Palestine, Syria and Yemen.

Typically, meat is sourced locally in order to support the local economy and distributed fresh, though, in difficult situations like conflict zones, we may send frozen meat so it can arrive to our recipients in good condition. All logistics—from sacrifice to transportation—are handled in accordance with Islamic principles, and with the best hygienic practices possible. Each pack contains 2-5 kilograms of meat and feeds a family of approximately 4-8 people.

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