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May 30, 2024

What is Qurbani in Islam?

What is Qurbani in Islam

May 30, 2024

What is Qurbani in Islam?

What is Qurbani in Islam

Qurbani is the act of sacrificing a permissible animal as a devotion to Almighty Allah. This sacrifice is carried out during the annual festival of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). On the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, Muslims worldwide celebrate EId-al-adha, also known as Qurbani Eid. 

Though Qurbani is considered as an act of devotion to Allah, its significance reaches far beyond that. The meat of Qurbani is usually distributed in three parts: One part for the less fortunate, one part for the neighbors and relatives, and one part for your family.

When you partake in giving Qurbani, you are ensuring that improvised people are receiving vital protein and nutrients. They can also enjoy the festival with the rest of us. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Never does its flesh reach Allah, nor its blood; instead, it is your taqwa that reaches Him.” 

Why Do Muslims Give Qurbani?

Do you know how the ritual of Qurbani or sacrificing animals during Eid al-Adha came about? The ritual of Qurbani or sacrificing animals has its origins in the story of Prophet Ibrahim.  He had a dream where Allah commanded him to sacrifice his only son, Ismail.

To prove his devotion to Allah, Ibrahim decided to perform the sacrifice, despite the immense pain it would bring him. However, Allah intervened and provided a ram to be sacrificed instead of Ismail. And that’s why Muslims continue giving Qurbani year after year – to remind ourselves to be obedient to  Allah’s will against all odds. It’s a powerful story of faith.

When is Eid-Al-Adha or Qurbani Eid 2024?

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha or Qurbani every year on the 10th day of the Islamic month Dhul Hijjah. In 2024, Qurbani Day is expected to be on Wednesday, June 16th. The exact day of Qurbani is a matter of moon sighting. 

After the Eid prayer in the morning, you can sacrifice a permissible animal such as a cow, goat, camel, etc as Qurbani. However, you have three days to carry out this ritual – the 10th, 11th, and 12th of Dhul Hijjah. During this three-day period, you can perform the Qurbani sacrifice according to your convenience. So in 2024, Qurbani can be done on June 16th, 17th, or 18th.

The exact date may change a little based on when the new moon is sighted in different countries and regions. But most likely, Qurbani 2024 will fall on those three days in June.

Make this Eid unforgettable by sharing your blessings with those in need. Your generous donation can bring joy and hope to countless lives. Be a beacon of kindness this Eid.

What is Qurbani in Islam

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Qurbani Donation:

For many underprivileged Muslim families around the world, the annual Qurbani sacrifice remains out of reach due to poverty. However, through Qurbani donations, you can ensure these families partake in this sacred tradition.

When you donate funds for Qurbani, trusted Islamic organizations like UMR facilitate the sacrifice and distribution on your behalf in impoverished regions.

UMR has been working to uplift communities in different ways. Qurbani is a key part of our food security program.
This year, during the first 3 days of Eid-Al-Adha, we will be distributing fresh meat from sacrificed sheep, goats, or cows to improvised families across 9 countries. These include Yemen, Kenya, Somalia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Jordan, USA, Lebanon, and Sudan.

We are also responding to emergency situations in Gaza and Kenya. In Gaza, we will continue giving out emergency food packages with essential, life-saving supplies. And in Kenya, we are providing 450,000 meals to families impacted by severe flooding who have been displaced from their homes.

Through our Qurbani efforts and other food programs at UMR, we aim to support communities, deliver vital nutrition, and assist during difficult times like emergencies or natural disasters.


Eid is a time of blessing- be the blessing for those in need. Your Qurbani donation can bring a smile to someone’s face. Help people be a part of Eid’s joy. Donate today!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the time limit for Qurbani?

The time limit for performing Qurbani (animal sacrifice) is three days - the 10th, 11th, and 12th of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.

2. Can we skip Qurbani?

It is obligatory for all Muslims to give Qurbani who are eligible. Read more about who is eligible for Qurbani?. If you don't have sufficient wealth (less than the nisab amount), then you are not obligated to perform the Qurbani sacrifice.

3. How do you select the families?

We focus on vulnerable areas in each country. Our criteria focuses on people living below the poverty line, widows and single mothers, orphans, people with disabilities, elderly, and people with chronic diseases.

4. Do you purchase animals locally?

Yes! We make sure to use local vendors to purchase the animals. That way, not only are we ensuring fresh meat, but we are supporting the local economy. 

5. How is the meat divided?

When a donor purchases a Qurbani, the entire animal will be divided and distributed to families. In countries where a cow is sacrificed, 1/7th of the animal is equal to approximately 1 sheep or 1 goat.

6. How are you able to distribute in areas where there are blockades?

UMR has been working in conflict zones, like Yemen & Palestine, for many years, and has a vast network of partners and volunteers that allow our team to access areas where families are in need.


Eid al-Adha is a time of blessing and joy. By participating in Qurbani, you not only fulfill a religious duty but also bring happiness and sustenance to those in need. Consider making a Qurbani donation to help underprivileged families enjoy the festival’s blessings.

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