The Conditions of Qurbani

Not adhering to the conditions of Qurbani, can make your sacrifice void. Here we’ve listed those frequently asked questions about the conditions that Qurbani must adhere to accordin to the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah

What animals can be sacrifice for Qurbani?

Animals deemed suitable for Qurbani sacrifice are ‘beast of cattle’ –this means: cows, oxen, buffalo, sheep, camels or goats.

What age must a Qurbani animal be?

Animals intended for Qurbani sacrifice must have reached adulthood. In the case of sheep this is between six months to (preferably) one year. For goats this is one year. For cows etc. this is at two years of age. For camels, this is at five years.

What are the health requirements for Qurbani animals?

Animals intended for Qurbani sacrifice should be healthy. Animals with the following defects are not acceptable for Qurbani:

  • Animals with visible eye defects including blindness or the loss of (one third of) eyesight.
  • Animals that are sick or have sustained severe wounds that effect their health.
  • Animal that are lame.
  • Animals that are emaciated to the degree that people wouldn’t normally consider buying it.

When must Qurbani be performed?

The Qurbani sacrifice is time sensitive; it must be carried out within the four-day period that starts after the Eid prayer on the first day of Eid, until before sunset on the 13th of Dhul-Hijja. Be wary of charities willing to take your Qurbani order during Eid, as the likelihood of them performing it in time is lower.

How must Qurbani be performed?

Qurbani is a time of sacrifice, not carnage. Animals being sacrificed for Qurbani, must be treated humanely and slaughtered in accordance with the shari’ah ruling on halal. A charity that takes your Qurbani seriously won’t take the risk of working with cheaper slaughterhouses, where bad practice, poor conditions and a lack of monitoring could compromise your Qurbani.

What is the correct faith and intention one must perform/offer Qurbani with?

For your Qurbani to be accepted, the sacrifice must be preformed by a Muslim, in the name of Allah (swt), and with the intention for offering it as Qurbani. When making your own intention to offer Qurbani, ensure that it is sincere and not influenced by stinginess. Not being able to afford an expensive Qurbani animal is one thing, and trying to be cost efficient is acceptable. But it’s another thing to not be willing to offer a better Qurbani, even when you can afford it and you know that the price is justified. And Allah (swt) knows our intentions best.

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