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Qurbani 2023

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From just £26, you can reap the blessings of Qurbani during the best 10 days of the year. Follow in the footsteps of the prophets and help vulnerable families to eat well this Eid. This year, we’re helping you make the most of your mercy by absorbing rising costs to ensure that our lowest priced Qurbani available is at the same price as last year. Give early as we have a limited number of animals available.

Qurbani from £26

When the Messenger (PBUH) was asked what Qurbani is, he answered, “It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim. For every hair of the Qurbani you receive a reward from Allah.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

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.

More people are going hungry than ever before. This Dhul Hijjah, 345 million people don’t know where their next meal will come from – that’s twice as many as last year.

With skyrocketing food prices across the world, families from the ummah face war, displacement, disease and climate change. This Dhul Hijjah, they will struggle to survive, and struggle to afford food.

Your Qurbani is more vital than ever, a true lifeline to those struggling for every single meal, offering hundreds of thousands of blessings to each person who gives.

Limited Qurbani opportunities left! Ensure your Qurbani is counted among the blessed ones. Act now and give your Qurbani before it's gone.

So many in our ummah are being tested like never before.

We have seen millions of our brothers and sisters across the world affected by conflict, climate change and natural disasters in just the last year. Global food shortages and inflation have pushed many families to the brink of starvation.

Give mercy this Dhul Hijjah, by providing nutritious Qurbani meat, allowing them to celebrate Eid.

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

This Eid al-Adha, share the blessings of Eid with the ummah by performing a Qurbani sacrifice - an act of worship, charity and kindness, from just £26. Spread joy and hope this Eid al-Adha.

We’re working in 23 countries around the world, supporting communities facing war, displacement, climate disasters, and marginalisation. In every country, your Qurbani will help families living below the poverty line, those who can’t afford food, and families that are headed by women or contain young children, orphans, disabled or older people, and pregnant or nursing mothers.

For many, the Qurbani sacrifice is considered a duty for all adult Muslims who qualify for Zakat, but it’s certainly encouraged for all who are able to give, with every single hair on the sacrificed animal providing blessings to those who give.

Same quality Qurbani, affordable options

Despite rising costs, we know times are tough, so we’ve committed to maintaining the cost of our most affordable Qurbani at just £26 - we’re absorbing rising running costs so that we can keep providing the same value-for-money.

We’ve not changed the cost, or the quality! It’s still our same best quality, fresh, nutritious Qurbani from well cared-for animals, all sacrificed according to Prophetic tradition, ensuring the best quality meat is used which we deliver to the most vulnerable communities. We have over 30 years’ experience fulfilling this Sunnah, ensuring your sacrifices are done on time between the first and fourth days of Eid al Adha.

We recommend arranging your Qurbani as early as possible to ensure there’s plenty of time to carry out your sacrifice on the days of Eid.

If you can’t afford to give a full Qurbani donation, you can still reap the blessings of Qurbani and Dhul Hijjah by donating any amount to our Qurbani Fund, which we’ll pool with other donations to ensure that you still contribute to the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha. Please note this does not count as your own Qurbani donation, but is a wonderful sadaqah.

Give whatever you can, and reap the rewards of these blessed 10 days.

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Pakistani lady with her Qurbani meat

The prophetic legacy

“There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” (Bukhari)

Each year, the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah reminds us of the love, obedience, and sacrifice of our prophets.

After a lifetime of longing for a child, Ibrahim (AS) was asked to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail, for the sake of Allah. But Allah spared Ismail at the last minute, and a ram was sacrificed in his place.

Muhammad (PBUH) sacrificed his needs for the good of the ummah, and cemented Ibrahim’s legacy by sacrificing an animal during Dhul-Hijjah.

Give a second Qurbani for the ummah or the deceased

Did you know, that each Eid, the Messenger (PBUH) sacrificed a second animal which he dedicated to those in the ummah who couldn’t afford to give? This act of mercy allowed his community to share in the blessings of Eid.

“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)

Revive the Sunnah of the Messenger (PBUH) this Eid al-Adha. Dedicate a second Qurbani on behalf of those in the ummah who can’t afford to in your chosen country. By giving a Prophetic Qurbani, you unlock double the rewards for your merciful act, so make sure to get yours in on time!

You can also give a second Qurbani on behalf of those you have lost and who are unable to perform their Qurbani this year – a beautiful way to commemorate and remember them.

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.

As the beautiful month of Dhul Hijjah approaches, continue the legacy of the prophets, and support the ummah with your Qurbani.

Human Appeal makes the most of your mercy.

Your Qurbani helped over 328,000 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.

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Your impact in numbers

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

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.

  • 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 19 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 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 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 23 countries. 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 23 countries.

  • Who does my Qurbani help?

    As war, displacement, and the aftermath of 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.

  • 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.

When the Messenger (PBUH) was asked what Qurbani is, he answered, “It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim. For every hair of the Qurbani you receive a reward from Allah.”

Al-Tirmidhi

Spread joy. Reap the blessings of Dhul Hijjah. Give your Qurbani today. Limited number available.

Every year our team in the field endeavours to ensure your Qurbani is delivered to the country of your choice. However, in case it is not possible in the country of your choice due to factors beyond our control, we will ensure it is delivered to those who need it most in the next nearest country possible.

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