What types of Qurban meat does Islamic Relief provide?
Islamic Relief distributes three different types of Qurban meat: fresh, canned and frozen: Fresh Qurban – Islamic Relief distributes fresh Qurban meat in most countries, as animals are purchased and slaughtered locally. Canned Qurban – Islamic Relief distributes canned Qurban meat in areas where there has been conflict or natural disasters as it is easier and safer to distribute. The animals are sacrificed in Australia and the meat is cooked and canned in New Zealand. Each can contains over 450g of meat. Frozen Qurban – In areas where fresh or canned Qurban is not possible, Islamic Relief distributes frozen Qurban meat.
How is a Qurban volume decided? Is it a cow or a sheep?
1 Sheep or Goat = 1 Qurban
1 Cow = 7 Qurbans (One Qurban – 1/7th of the share)
Who needs to perform Qurban?
According to most Muslims Qurban is obligatory upon every sane male/female that has wealth in excess to his/her needs. Normally those who are eligible to pay Zakat have to give a 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?
It is the policy of Islamic Relief that the selected beneficiaries of the Qurban project are made eligible based on a scoring system, which ranks families according to need. The scoring system is based on the following objective criteria: Families who live on less than the minimum income for that particular country – 40 points, Female headed households – 20 points, Families having disabled and/or elderly persons – 10 points, Children under five years old – 5 points
Pregnant women – 5 points, 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 Qurban meat be sent to my village in a particular country?
Islamic Relief performs Qurban as part of our overall aid effort. The people who benefit in Ramadan and from our general projects, insha’Allah, would also benefit from Qurban. This allows us to focus our efforts and help the same people out of poverty and to improve their lives, rather than providing a little bit of help occasionally but never achieving anything.
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 operation 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; therefore they not only benefit from donors’ sponsorship, but also benefit from receiving other support and aid in 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 Qurbani on the second or third day of Eid, the Qurbani 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. So there are four days of sacrifice: the day of Eid al-Adha and the three days after it. It is better to hasten to offer the sacrifice after the Eid prayer, as the Prophet (PBUH) used to do, then 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.
Why is Qurban canned in some countries?
Because it is easier and safer to distribute canned meat in certain countries, e.g. in Palestine, there are restrictions on bringing animals from neighbouring areas.
Do you need to give all the names of the people who are giving Qurbans?
No, this is not necessary as long as you have made the intention that you are giving this Qurbani on behalf of a certain person.
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. Therefore Islamic Relief adopts high quality standards when it comes to selecting the sacrificial animals. Standards cover health, weight (meat yielded) and age. Also we would like our needy brothers and sisters around the world to receive the best quality Qurbans because the believer is asked to love for his brother/sister that which he/she loves for him/herself. These high standards come at a higher cost. Islamic Relief always tries to reach the neediest of people in the most remote areas where the communities are hard to reach. In many of these remote areas Islamic Relief is the only charity with operations and hence represents the only hope (after Allah) for the communities there. Transporting meat to hard-to-reach rural areas incurs higher transportation costs which affects the Qurban price. Current situations in certain countries with conflict or natural disasters also add to the costs.
How can we really be sure that the Qurbans we pay for in some of the poorest 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 showing what happened in each country.
Can I visit the place where the Qurban takes place as I will be in the country at that time?
It would be better if people did not visit, as on the day our teams on the ground are extremely busy with slaughtering the animals, dividing them, packing the meat, transporting it to villages and distributing them. Therefore, our teams will not have the capacity or time to host individuals. However, if individuals are present at the locations where the Qurban is being distributed then they are welcome to observe. To demonstrate our distributions to donors, we will share photographs of some of our distributions around the world on our website and social media channels.
How are Qurbans performed at Islamic Relief?
Qurbans are performed through Islamic Relief field offices in Asia, Africa and Europe. 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.
Why can’t we have an animal of our choice sacrificed?
Animals chosen in a country are dependent upon; the suitability of the meat to the local diet, the cost of the animal, the location and the availability of animals and the quality of the meat.
Are all the costs included in the price?
Yes, all the various expenses such as the cost of the animal, slaughter, transportation, storage and canning (where applicable), selection of the beneficiaries, and distribution are 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 Qurbanis as they cover the cost of transportation, slaughtering, packing, 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.