Qurban Basics

What is Qurban?

Every year during the Islamic calendar month of Dhul-Hijjah, Muslims around the world sacrifice a Qurban (Udhiyah); which can be a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to reflect the submission of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) who was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail. Allah (SWT) rewarded Prophet Ibrahim for his obedience by saving Ismail and a ram was sacrificed instead.

Qurban is sacrificed during the days of Eid Al-Adha as an act of worship, thereby intending to draw closer to Allah. It is one of the great rituals of Islam prescribed in the Quran and the Sunnah of His Messenger (PBUH). Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” [Al-Kawthar : 2]

Qurban is a Compulsory Sunnah of our Prophet (PBUH) and it is of great value of reward. It was also reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said “O people, it is compulsory for every household to make a sacrifice yearly.” [Ahmed]

Throughout this occasion, we should not forget millions of people who are suffering the consequences of conflicts and natural disasters. Let us help them be fed by donating your Qurbans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to do Qurban?

Yes. Qurban is considered an Obligatory Sunnah therefore it is an obligation for each household to provide at least one Qurban.

Do I have to sacrifice the Qurban myself?

No. You can delegate that to an individual or an organisation to sacrifice your Qurban on your behalf.

How many Qurbans should I do?

Each household must do at least 1 Qurban. This is according to the hadith of the Prophet (Peace be upon Him), “O people, it is compulsory for every household to make a sacrifice yearly.” [Ahmed]

Can I do more than one Qurban?

Yes. You can do as much as you can or like. The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) would at times sacrifice more than one animal. It was narrated that once with his own hand (Peace be upon Him) had sacrificed 63 animals and asked Ali Bin Abi Taleb (May Allah be pleased with him) to slaughter the rest.

When must I pay my Qurban?

Qurban must be paid by the sunset of the last day of Eid Ul-Adha. Human Appeal Australia processes Qurban for the entire 4 days of Eid, hence you can still pay during that time as well. Nevertheless, it is preferable to pay as soon as you can.

Which animals can be considered Qurban?

Sheep, goats, camels, buffalos & cattle (cows or bulls).

Is the Qurban sacrificed fresh on-site or in a different country?

Where it is viable, livestock is purchased and sacrificed in the destination country. This allows the poor and needy to enjoy fresh, local meat on the days of Eid Al-Adha. Alternatively, livestock are sacrificed in Australia and other countries and then sent to the poor and needy, either canned or hard-frozen.

What is canned Qurban?

Canned Qurban is pre-cooked and has a long shelf life. It is hygienically prepared and ready for immediate consumption. This is an effective way to distribute Qurbans in regions where there are no refrigeration facilities, such as refugee camps.

What is hard frozen Qurban?

Hard Frozen Qurbans are cut into 6 pieces and individually wrapped. Each Qurban is shipped in a separate carton to its intended destination via refrigerated containers.


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