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.