When you give Qurbani & Udhiya with Islamic Relief, we make sure that the most vulnerable families are prioritized to receive the best quality meat.
Our teams work hard to get your Qurbani donation to the most remote areas and conflict zones, including Palestine, Syria and Yemen.
For many, your Qurbani donation is the only time they will be able to eat meat in the entire year.
NEW for 2023: Our Qurbani+ Program
Our new Qurbani+ microfinance program helps your Qurbani donation go a step further beyond fulfilling your sacrifice. Through this unique program, you can help give ownership to local families in need and improve their income-earning opportunities.
How does it work?
Purchasing Livestock: Our teams in Pakistan and Sudan purchase healthy animals months in advance, and then partner with rights-holders to hand off the animals and create an income-generating opportunity for families.
Selection Process: The team conduct a needs assessment, often selecting women-headed, widowed, orphaned and poor households to join the Qurbani+ microfinance project
Supporting Local Families: We support the selected families by providing skills training sessions so they can gain the knowledge and resources to rear the animals
Selling Livestock: As Qurbani nears in the next year, families sell their fattened animals at market price to the local Islamic Relief team
Qurbani / Slaughtering Meat: Our team then conducts the Qurbani according to our ethical and sanitary Qurbani practices, ensuring your sacrifice is in safe hands!
Donate to Qurbani+ with us, and make it a source of Sadaqah Jariyah for yourself and your family!
Local Qurbani Partners
Islamic Relief Canada has partnered with 18 organizations across Canada to distribute Qurbani shares to those vulnerable! A special thanks to the collective effort of our Local Qurbani Partners who will distribute a total of over 190 kg worth of Qurbani shares to 1916 rights holders in 11 cities
& Udhiya price includes all the costs. Livestock are pre-allocated and paid for, and must be hygienically and ethically treated. They are then sacrificed during the 10th – 13th days of Dhul Hijjah.
meat is distributed fresh, chilled or frozen, according to what is appropriate for the dietary culture of the region. Each
Qurbani meat packet
is 2-5 kilograms of meat and feeds a family of 4-8 people.
Because of you, our global
efforts meant that over 3 million people in over 30 countries felt the joy of Eid last year.
Everyone deserves to enjoy Eid and feed their families just like we do.
What is Qurbani?
Qurbani means sacrifice. Every year during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to reflect the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, for the sake of God. After the animal has been sacrificed, its meat is then distributed to those most in need. In 2023, Qurbani distributions will aim to reach more people than ever before.
Donating Qurbani is highly recommended according to the majority of scholars and obligatory in the Hanafi madhab for every Muslim who is financially able to do so. There are also Qurbani rules which dictate which animals can be sacrificed, the quality of the life it has led, its health status and guidelines on how the sacrifice must be carried out.
By giving Qurbani to Islamic Relief, you will enable the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in over 30 countries to enjoy Eid, as this is the only time many families eat meat in the entire year.
Why does Qurbani need to be at a Higher Price this Year?
From inflation to humanitarian disasters, the cost of Qurbani has been impacted all around. To accommodate the increased costs of animals, operations and supplies, while remaining true to our values of excellence and trustworthiness, Islamic Relief has increased our Qurbani prices.
This is to ensure we can still choose the most reliable suppliers and upkeep the quality of our animals, continuing to perform your Qurbani in the most trusted manner. Our process values:
Sourcing high quality animals from local farms and traders, to ensure donors are getting the best value for their money and rights-holders are receiving good quality meat.
Managing the entire transportation and logistics network to ensure the animals are treated in the best possible way, and that all meat is handled, packed and distributed with strict hygiene standards in place.
Involving local Imams, scholars, and skilled butchers to monitor and perform sacrifices to ensure Shariah compliance.
Ultimately, this will ensure we are able to operate sustainably and responsibly long into the future
Is Qurbani Mandatory?
According to most Muslims, Qurbani is highly recommended and according to the Hanafi madhab, it is obligatory upon every sane adult Muslim male/female who has wealth in excess to his/her needs. Therefore, normally those who are eligible to pay Zakat are obliged to give Qurbani.
Who is eligible for Qurbani?
Islamic Relief has a set criteria and scoring systems in place to determine Qurbani recipients. The scoring system is based on the following criteria:
- Families who live on less than the minimum income for that particular country
- Female-headed households
- Families with disabled and/or elderly persons
- Children under five years old
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding mothers
- Families with little or no access to the market
A thorough assessment is therefore carried out by our teams to objectively identify the weighting and priority of each of the above criteria. These are then applied when selecting recipient families to ensure we reach the most vulnerable without bias.
It is the policy of Islamic Relief to distribute only one Qurbani meat pack to each family regardless of family size.
Your Donations in Action
Qurbani 2023 FAQs
Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
program uses 100% Halal meat. We do our best to always source animals locally to support the local economy, and distribute meat fresh to our beneficiaries. Only in difficult situations like conflict zones or in the case of very remote communities, we may send frozen or canned meat so it can arrive to the recipients in the best condition. All logistics—from sacrifice to transportation—are handled in accordance with Islamic principles, while working to uphold the best hygienic practices.
The volume of Qurbani is represented by the allocations committed for each country. For donors, the following information can help you calculate your donation:
1 Sheep or Goat = 1 Qurbani whilst 1 Cow = 7 Qurbani shares (One Qurbani share equals 1/7th of the cow).
Islamic Relief performs
as part of our overall seasonal program. Therefore, the people who benefit in Ramadan and from our general projects, Insha’Allah, would also benefit from
This allows us to focus our efforts and help the same people to improve their lives, rather than providing small amounts of help occasionally but not achieving great successes.
The majority of Qurbanis are implemented as fresh meat distributions which take place immediately as the animals are sacrificed and divided. Local butchers and Imams are on hand to facilitate the humane and Shariah compliance of the slaughter with beneficiaries often present in order to provide logistical support.
In some countries because of the distance from abattoir to distribution sites, meat is hygienically packed and chilled before transportation. Due to the large numbers of Qurbani performed in some field offices, it is sometimes not possible to distribute Qurbani meat on the same day that the slaughter takes place. In this instance, meat is stored in cool storage before transportation on the following day/s.
In some locations where there are electricity shortages and high summer temperatures like in Gaza, the team successfully completes all the slaughtering at night within the 3 days of Eid and Qurbani meat is immediately distributed to ensure none of it will be spoiled. Despite their severe humanitarian circumstances, they join hands with community organizations and hundreds of volunteers on the ground to ensure there is no waste.
In the face of any technical failures beyond our control, Islamic Relief works to ensure that there is no compromise to the quality and safety of the Qurbani meat packs, or the validity and acceptability of the sacrifice. Alhamdulillah, the experience and hard work of our staff and volunteers has enabled us to discharge this duty on behalf of the donor with the highest quality standards for the past 30 years.
Payment for Qurbani Donations
No, as Islamic Relief is conducting hundreds of thousands of Qurbanis around the world, this is practically not possible. It is also not necessary to pronounce the name of the person, even if you are making a Qurbani on behalf of someone else. Simply making the intention that you are giving this Qurban on behalf of a certain person is sufficient.
The time for sacrifice ends when the sun sets on the fourth day of Eid. Therefore, you can make payments right up until the end of the third day after Eid (13th of Dhul-Hijjah) before Maghrib prayer. Islamic Relief has already pre-purchased the animals to be slaughtered.
It is advisable to give as early as possible. Islamic Relief implements our
over 4 days (10th to 13th Dhul Hijjah). We purchase the animals to be slaughtered in advance based on forecasted quotas. Hence if you give a
on any of these days, the
will be carried out in time.
Since Qurbani is an act of worship that is the most beloved to Allah (SWT) during the days of Tashreeq, it is important that one offers the best possible offering. Therefore Islamic Relief adopts high quality standards when it comes to selecting the sacrificial animals. Standards cover health, weight (meat yielded) and age.
We would also like our brothers and sisters around the world to receive the best quality Qurbani meat because the believer is asked to love for his brother/sister that which he/she loves for him/herself. These high standards therefore come at a higher cost which in turn further supports economic development of our Qurbani farmers.
Islamic Relief always tries to reach the most vulnerable people in the most remote areas where the communities are hard to reach. Transporting meat to hard-to-reach rural areas incurs higher transportation costs which in turn affects the Qurbani price. Conflict or disasters can make distribution more difficult and can add to the cost.
Admin charges are necessary in order to perform the
as they cover the cost of transportation, slaughtering, cutting, packing, distribution and hire of staff as well as organizational support costs.
Yes, all the various expenses such as the cost of the animal, slaughter, butchering, transportation, storage, selection of the beneficiaries, and
distribution are included in the price.
How is Qurbani Performed?
Qurban is performed through Islamic Relief field offices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East 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, and then shipped to the affected countries. All animals are sacrificed according to Islamic guidelines.
Qurbani in 2022 will be performed after the Eid Salah in each field office. The slaughter will take place after the Eid prayer on Eid al-Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah) and end at sunset on the 13th of Dhul Hijjah. There is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars as to whether Qurbani can be done over three or four days. To respect this difference of opinion, Islamic Relief strives to perform Qurbani in three days. We only extend into the fourth day in localities where this is religiously accepted by the local Muslim population. And if there is an operational need for this extra day.
If you give a Qurbani on any of these days, the Qurban will still be carried out in time, as Islamic Relief has already pre-purchased the animals to be slaughtered beforehand.
The animals used are livestock animals, such as sheep, goats, cows or buffalo. One whole sheep or goat, or one-seventh share of a cow or buffalo equals one Qurbani donatio . 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.
You may wish to undertake one
in Canada with Islamic Relief and one abroad as an example and this is permissible. You are allowed to offer more than one sacrifice. The Prophet (SAW) himself carried out multiple
for himself and the Ummah. Many Muslims offer multiple
on behalf of the Prophet (SAW) and for deceased parents.
This depends on the school of thought you follow. Please consult your local Imam/Sheikh for further information. According to the Hanafi school of thought it Qurbani donation is obligatory for:
Every sane Muslim of mature age (who has reached puberty)
Non-travelling persons Those who additionally own wealth which is beyond their needs, equal to (or more than) the current level of nisab (87.48 grams grams of gold or 612.36 grams of silver
We do not require the names, as the practice of reciting the name upon sacrificing is logistically very difficult to fulfill 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 .
We are not able to
to specific orphans; the scale of the operation makes this exceptionally difficult. However, orphans are a high priority in our programs; therefore they not only benefit from donors’ sponsorship, but also benefit from receiving other support in Ramadan and
Within some schools of thought in the Islamic tradition, it is a recommended act to avoid cutting your hair and nails from the 1st of Dhul Hijjah until your
is performed. As Islamic Relief performs all sacrifices between the 10th of Dhul Hijjah to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah, it would be safest to wait until sunset of the 13th of Dhul Hijjah to trim one’s nails and hair.
Eid al-Adha is sometimes referred to as
, and follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Depending on the country, the celebrations of Eid al-Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah) can last anywhere between two and four days. The
(sacrifice) is carried out following the Eid prayers on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, which are performed in congregation.