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A second Qurbani: the Sunnah of the Messenger (PBUH)

Elderly Pakistani lady with her Qurbani meat

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to dedicate a second Qurbani on behalf of those in the ummah who couldn’t afford to. Revive this beautiful Sunnah and spread blessings among the ummah.

Dedicate a second Qurbani. Revive this beautiful Sunnah

Abu Talhah (RA) reported, “The Prophet (PBUH) sacrificed for the one who could not sacrifice from his ummah, one who bore witness to the Oneness of Allah and [his] Prophethood.” (Ahmad)

Please note that as the blessed days of Eid al-Adha have concluded, your Qurbani donation will now be treated as a Sadaqah (voluntary charity). While it may not fulfill the specific obligation of Qurbani, your generous contribution will still support our ongoing humanitarian efforts and provide much needed food assistance to those in need. Thanks to your donations, millions of people struggling with poverty around the world, including right here in the UK, will have the opportunity to enjoy nourishing meals and celebrate the festivities with dignity.

The past year has put millions in the ummah through earthquakes, flooding, conflict, and soaring food prices. These catastrophic and traumatising events have pushed even more families into poverty. A staggering 345 million people don’t know where their next meal will come from – twice as many as last year.

When the Messenger (PBUH) continued the legacy of Ibrahim (AS), sacrificing on the day of Eid, he didn’t just give one animal, but two, dedicating the second Qurbani to those in the ummah who could not afford to perform the Eid sacrifice, allowing them to share in the blessings of Eid.

Two Qurbani shares, on average, provides families with up to 86 protein packed meals each.

Reviving a Sunnah: endless blessings

Across the globe, hundreds of millions are struggling with unprecedented levels of hunger and food insecurity. As food prices and the cost of living soar, your Qurbani has never been more vital.

For those who are able to revive this beautiful Sunnah in the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah, a great reward is promised:

“Whoever revives a Sunnah of mine that dies out after I am gone, he will have a reward equivalent to that of those among the people who act upon it, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest…” (Ibn Majah)

Multiply your impact and rewards with a second Qurbani

Not only will this selfless act bless those who you dedicate it to, but it will also help them to eat nourishing meals this Eid. Often, it’s a family’s only chance in the year to eat meat, and every single Qurbani you offer transforms Eid for three to four families.

As Eid approaches, we get ready to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), who was ready to sacrifice what was most dear to him upon Allah’s command. Reap the multiplied blessings of performing two Qurbanis.

‘Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you.’ (Quran 22:37)

Why give with Human Appeal?

Human Appeal has over 3 decades of experience delivering Qurbani. We source fresh nutritious meat from local farmers with well-cared for animals. Last year, we provided over half a million vulnerable people with Qurbani meat.

You can give two sacrifices from £52, and on Eid al-Adha, your charity will provide an average of eight families with ten nutritious meat meals each.

Your Qurbani helped over 320,000 people last year, providing over 1.3 million meals

Thank you for entrusting your charity to us last Dhul Hijjah.

Follow in the footsteps of the Messenger. Dedicate a second Qurbani to the ummah this Eid, and the blessings will flow for dedicating a Qurbani to the ummah, for giving charity in the most beloved days of the year, and for reviving a beautiful sunnah.

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How you helped last year

328,989 people received fresh mutton, veal, or beef providing over 1.3 million meals

We distributed your Qurbani across 14 countries and territories

61,192 families supported

Your Qurbani helped over 320,000 people last year, providing over 1.3 million meals

Thank you for entrusting your charity to us last Dhul Hijjah.

In 2022, your Qurbani donations provided 328,989 people with fresh nutritious meat across fourteen countries and territories: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and the UK. In 2022, we managed to keep costs low while increasing the average weight of your Qurbani donations by 1.6 kilograms per sacrifice, which allowed us to provide families with more meat – a whole 700 grams more per family, on average, providing over 1.3 million meals to 61,192 families.

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Qurbani FAQs

  • What is Qurbani?

    Qurbani (or ‘Udhiya’, an Arabic word meaning ‘blood sacrifice’) is the sacrifice of an animal for the glorification of Allah. The word Qurbani comes from ‘Qurban’, an Arabic term that means an act performed to seek God’s pleasure.

    A minimum of one third of the meat must go to poor or vulnerable people, and traditionally, the remaining two thirds are split between the donor’s family and neighbourhood. In the UK, many people choose to perform their Qurbani in poorer countries, where the entirety of their donation goes to vulnerable people so their donation can have the greatest impact.

  • What is a prophetic Qurbani?

    When delivering his Qurbani, the Messenger (PBUH) used to sacrifice two animals – one on his behalf, and one on behalf of those in the Ummah who couldn’t afford to perform their own Qurbani.

    Abu Talhah (RA) reported, ‘The Prophet (PBUH) sacrificed for the one who could not sacrifice from his Ummah, one who bore witness to the Oneness of Allah and [his] Prophethood.’ (Ahmad)

    Qurbani is only incumbent on Muslims who can afford to buy and sacrifice an animal, but with so many Muslims struggling to feed themselves, we’re working to revive this Sunnah to benefit the most vulnerable – not only will they have a Qurbani performed in their name, but your two sacrifices help to feed them as they struggle through this difficult time.

  • Why do we give Qurbani?

    Each year, Muslims reflect the obedience of the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) by making an animal sacrifice to the glory of God. In a dream, Allah commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son Ismail (AS).

    Although Ibrahim loved Ismail very much, he was willing to give him up in devotion to Allah. At the last minute, Allah spared the life of Ismail and sent a ram to be sacrificed instead.

    Qurbani is an act of worship and charity that was continued by the Messenger (PBUH) who said, “It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim. For every hair of the Qurbani you receive a reward from Allah.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

    To this day, Qurbani is performed in honour of the Prophet Ibrahim’s surrender to the will of Allah. When we offer our Qurbani, we prove that we too are completely obedient to God and His commands.

  • Who should perform Qurbani?

    Qurbani is incumbent upon all sane adults who have wealth in excess of their needs, according to the Hanafi madhab. This usually means that anyone who is eligible to pay Zakat, must also perform Qurbani.

  • When is the deadline for Qurbani?

    For your Qurbani to be accepted, it must be performed between the first and third days of Eid al-Adha (10th to 12th Dhul Hijjah).

  • When should I make my Qurbani payment?

    You can make your Qurbani payment anytime from the start of the month of Dhul Hijjah – which will likely begin on 30 June (depending on the sighting of the moon) – until maghrib on the second day of Eid al-Adha. But the sooner we receive your donation, the better chance we have of ensuring that the people we support will have their meat in time to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

    According to certain sources, the act of Qurbani is best performed directly once Eid prayers are over.

  • Which animals are eligible for Qurbani?

    The animals commonly used for Qurbani are sheep, cows, goats and camels. They can be male or female but must be in good health and free from any injuries. The goats and sheep must be at least one year old, cattle, two years, and camels, five years old.

  • How do you quality check the meat?

    We carefully select local farmers to work with and inspect each animal to make sure they have been cared for accordance with Islamic principles, and meet the requirements for Qurbani.

  • What type of Qurbani meat do we provide?

    All of our Qurbani meat is locally-sourced and fresh. We will be performing Qurbani on cows in all countries, and there will also be an option to donate a sheep Qurbani in Iraq and Syria, a goat Qurbani in Yemen or a Buffalo Qurbani in India.

  • How is Qurbani volume decided?

    One person must provide one Qurbani, or one share. Each Qurbani animal makes up a certain number of shares. A small animal such as a sheep or goat counts as one Qurbani share, while larger animals like camels and cattle count as seven Qurbani shares each.

  • Can I buy more than one Qurbani?

    Only adults of means are required to give Qurbani, but you can still buy many shares as you like – one for each family member, and even for loved ones who have passed on.

  • Are there any hidden costs?

    No. We’re upfront and transparent about all costs. The amount you give is the amount needed for your Qurbani donation to be completed.

    The prices we list will provide healthy, good quality meat from well-cared for animals. They ensure that farmers and skilled slaughterers are fairly paid, and that your Qurbani is transported and delivered on time, and in accordance with Islamic guidelines.

  • Where will my Qurbani be distributed?

    This year, we’re distributing Qurbani parcels to families in 12 countries: India, Bangladesh, Iraq, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and the UK. You can also choose to donate to Where Most Needed and we’ll ensure that your Qurbani is delivered to those who need it most in one of these 12 countries.

  • Who does my Qurbani help?

    As war, displacement, and COVID-19 severely impact the ability of the most vulnerable to stay safe and fed, Qurbani parcels are more important than ever. We’re working with some of the most marginalised families across the world, helping them to eat well this Eid, while our longer-term projects help to empower them to lift themselves out of poverty

    With 821 million people going hungry around the world, this Eid, your Qurbani donations provide relief to those who are struggling to earn a living as COVID-19 continues to threaten lives.

  • How are recipients of Qurbani selected?

    Our country staff survey and assess the needs of local families ahead of Qurbani to work out where help is most needed. We complete needs assessments, often focusing on female-headed households and families that live below the poverty line. Often, Qurbani is the only time in the year that some people will have the chance to eat meat.

    Some families will already be benefiting from our help in other ways – through orphan sponsorship, Ramadan distribution or by attending a school or hospital we’re supporting – but for others, this will be the first time they receive help.

    Follow in the footsteps of the prophets. Give your Qurbani today.

  • How is Qurbani performed at Human Appeal?

    Our local country offices select local farmers with healthy animals. We perform your Qurbani immediately after Eid prayer, and deliver it as soon as possible to the most vulnerable people. All of our Qurbani is fresh and locally-sourced.

  • What days will Qurbani be performed?

    We’re carrying out your Qurbani starting immediately after Eid prayer (whether that’s at home or in congregation in the local country) until the fourth day of Eid al-Adha. But, given the diversity of opinion on whether Qurbani on the fourth day of Eid is valid, we strive to complete all sacrifices by the third day.

    The earlier you make your donation, the more likely we are to be able to fulfil your Qurbani on time; we’ve purchased animals ahead of time to make sure we’re ready to perform your donation as swiftly as possible after receiving your donation.

    If your donation is late and we aren’t able to carry out your sacrifice within the four days of Eid, your charity will still be performed, but it will count as Sadaqah.

  • What will happen if a country quota is filled?

    Please note: In the rare event of a country quota being filled, we may divert your donations to other locations. If no sheep/goats are available, a share of a cow will be used.

  • How will we ensure we perform your Qurbani safely given COVID 19?

    All of our Qurbani work will strictly follow local guidelines and laws to ensure that our work only ever impacts the local community positively.

‘Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you.’

(Quran 22:37)

Follow in the footsteps of the Messenger. Dedicate a second Qurbani to the ummah this Eid, and the blessings will flow for dedicating a Qurbani to the ummah, for giving charity in the most beloved days of the year, and for reviving a beautiful sunnah.