Etiquette of Qurbani.
Can I cut my nails or hair if I’m giving a Qurbani?
It is strongly encouraged that the one who intends to give the Qurbani does not cut their hair or nails, starting from the first day of Dhul Hijjah up until after the sacrifice.
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘When the ten days (of Dhul Hijjah) start, and one of you intends to sacrifice, then let him not cut his hair or his nails’. (Muslim)
Who is Eligible to Perform Qurbani?
- if an individual is eligible to pay Zakat, they must also perform Qurbani.
- Udhiya is compulsory for all members of the family, including children.
- parents must complete Qurbani contributions on behalf of their children where necessary.
- The best and safest option is for all those who pay Zakat to offer their own Qurbani.
’Ata bin Yasar reported, ‘I asked Abu Ayub (Al-Ansari) how the sacrifices (of animals) were done during the time of the Messenger of Allah (saw). He said, “A man would sacrifice a sheep for himself and the people in his household”’. (Tirmidhi)
When Must Qurbani Be Completed?
- Qurbani should be performed between the 10th and 12th days of Dhul Hijjah
- Qurbani should be completed after the initial Eid ul-Adha prayers on the first day
- In total, this gives Muslims three days to complete their Qurbani correctly
What Animals Can Be Sacrificed for Qurbani
- Animals that are weak, blind, physically disabled, or those who are young, have broken horns or no teeth are ineligible.
- Sheep, cows, bulls, buffalo, and camels are also acceptable.
- Sheep and goats at least one year in age (enough for one person’s Qurbani)
- Cows or buffalo at least two years in age (enough for seven people’s Qurbani)
- Camels of at least five years in age (enough for seven people’s Qurbani)
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not sacrifice anything but an adult animal, unless it is difficult for you, in which case you may slaughter a six-month-old lamb (jadh’ah).” Narrated by Muslim.
Distribution of Qurbani Meat.
Qurbani animals should be distributed equally in three parts.
- It should be given to the family, friends and the poor (both Muslim and non-Muslim alike)
- If you perform Qurbani with a partner/partners, the meat should be shared by weight, not by approximation
- You cannot pay the butcher with the meat, fat, and by-products of the slaughtered animal
- The skin can be kept for personal use, but if it is sold, the amount must be given to the poor.
Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: With regard to the meat from the sacrificial animals, one third should be for your family, one third for yourself, and one third for the poor.
Saying the Takbeer at the time of sacrifice is paramount to ensuring a successful and acceptable Qurbani. Bismillahi Allahu Akbar (in the name of Allah, Allah is Great) are the correct words to say at that moment. It is not necessary to say these words aloud.
With Eid-ul-Adha not far away, it is important that Muslims who will be performing Qurbani for the first time this year can complete it properly. May Allah SWT give us the opportunity to perform Hajj next year Inshallah. May he accept our sacrifice as a testament to our faith and belief. Ameen!
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