See below the answers to your frequently asked questions about the practice of Qurbani.

Qurbani is the sacrifice of an animal [cattle] as a form of worship, for the sake of Allah, during the 10th, 11th and 12th of Dhul Hijjah.

The Qurbani is mandatory (wajib) for every sane, mature person who possesses wealth above the nisab threshold, according to the Hanafi Madhab, and it is done during the tenth, eleventh and twelfth of Dhul Hijjah.

A person should also perform Qurbani on behalf of one’s children who possess above the nisab threshold though they may not yet have reached puberty.

We do Qurbani to commemorate the great sacrifice that Ibrahim AS was prepared to make, of his son, as commanded by Allah SWT through a dream showing Ibrahim AS sacrificing Ismail AS, when a ram was put in its place when the vision in the dream had been fulfilled.

Further, the Qurbani is a means of acquiring taqwa, like the fasting of Ramadhan, through the sacrifice of our wealth and distributing alms to the poor and needy.

Though it is preferable to give it as soon as possible after the Eid ul-Adha prayers, the Qurbani can be donated and given from the 10th of Dhul Hijjah to the 12th of Dhul Hijjah.

The cattle chosen for Qurbani should have reached adulthood and can be either male or female. It should be of sound health, e.g. no illness or disease, or wound which is severe and harmful to health, and sound hearing and sight without having had lost a third or more of its eyesight, tail or ears. It should be able to walk without difficulty (limp or lameness), it should also have at least half its teeth and be well-fed.

When we make the Qurbani, a 1/3 is typically given to the poor, the other 1/3 to friends and family and the final 1/3 is kept. However, one is also permitted to distribute it as one wishes.

This recommendation that a person who is going to slaughter the cattle for Qurbani should avoid cutting their hair, nails, etc is according to the Shaafi Madhab – this is not the case for the Hanafi Madhab.

Yes, so long as it is given within the appropriate timeframe [as soon as possible after the Eid ul-Adha prayers, from the 10th until the 12th of Dhul Hijjah].

According to the Hanafi Madhab, yes, you may donate Qurbani on behalf of another, regardless of whether they are alive or passed.

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