Qurbani & Udhiya
Everyone deserves to enjoy Eid and feed their families just like we do.
When you do your 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 donation to the most remote areas and conflict zones, including Myanmar, Palestine, Syria and Yemen.
For many, this is the only time they will be able to eat meat in the entire year.
How does it work?
Your Qurbani & 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.
The meat is distributed fresh, chilled or frozen, according to what is appropriate for the dietary culture of the region. Each packet is 2-5 kilograms of meat and feeds a family of 4-8 people.
Because of you, our global Qurbani 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The words Qurbani or Udhiya or Zabiha in Arabic, refer to a sacrifice done in an effort to come close to God, honouring the momentous act of submission that Prophet Ibrahim made. The words “Qurbani” and “Udhiya” are used interchangeably. In commemoration of his sacrifice, we sacrifice from our wealth every Eid Al-Adha and share our blessings with people in need.
To ensure the funds are distributed towards all those in need in the regions where we work, 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.
As part of a global family of Islamic Relief offices, Islamic Relief Canada fulfills Qurbani distributions in select countries while other partners serve selected other 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 Qurbani regional options on our website, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t being helped. Alhamdulillah, alongside our global Islamic Relief family we collectively distribute Qurbani meat to over 3 million people in over 30 countries.
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 donation. 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.
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.
Our 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.
Beneficiaries who receive your Qurbani donations include widows, orphans, the destitute, the elderly, people with disabilities, refugees and disaster-affected or conflict-affected populations. Priority is given to those facing malnutrition, and those who do not have regular access to meat. Many of the recipients of Qurbani donations also live in difficult to access or remote areas. We make every effort to reach them to ensure that aid continues to reach the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Together with our local partner, the Muslim Welfare Centre (MWC), we are able to fulfill your Qurbani donations within Canada as well. The Muslim Welfare Centre is actively involved in collecting and distributing over 40,000 pounds of Qurbani meat to over 10,000 needy families within Ontario.
Islamic Relief performs the Qurbani & Udhiya during the first day of Eid al-Adha (10th of Dhul Hijjah) and the ensuing days of Tashriq (11-13th of Dhul Hijjah). However, under extreme circumstances, there may be exceptions due to factors such as the abundant number of Qurbani & Udhiya that need to be performed, or the volatile conditions on the ground in a particular country. In these cases, the Qurbani sacrifice may be done after the fourth day of Eid, which is a practice that has been approved by scholars.
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 Qurbani 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.
We accept orders up until the fourth day of Eid al-Adha (which corresponds to the 13th day of Dhul Hijjah). We pre purchase the animals and plan one year ahead of time. We also buy approximately 20% more animals, in order to fulfill all incoming requests.
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 Qurbani.
Islamic Relief Canada recognizes the various opinions in the Islamic tradition, and welcomes all to fulfill this religious right in consultation with local scholars.
Due to government limitations, we can only distribute Qurbani & Udhiya to locals in Bangladesh. However, your Qurbani & Udhiya donations towards conflict zones, will help Rohingya families in Myanmar, along with the other conflict affected communities.
Yes! In honour of the birth of your newborn child, you can perform your Aqiqah and donate the meat to feed some of the poorest families. During the Qurbani season, sacrifices will be fulfilled during the days of Eid Al-Adha in the countries listed for the Africa Region option for just $80.
Islamic Relief also takes Aqiqah donations. In honour of the birth of your newborn child, you can perform your Aqiqah by feeding some of the poorest families in Ethiopia for $105.
Livestock are sacrificed on a quarterly basis and meat is distributed immediately to communities in need.
How does all this work?
You start by simply picking a region, and our teams make sure that the most vulnerable families are prioritized.
Our offices pre-arrange and pay for all livestock ahead of time.
Livestock must be healthy, and hygienically and ethically treated
Animals are sourced locally whenever possible, to support the local economy.
Your Qurbani & Udhiya price includes all costs.
Animals are sacrificed on the 10th – 13th of Dhul Hijjah.
Meat is immediately distributed to people prioritized by need.