Qurbani Udhiyah | What is it? Why Should You Offer It?

Alhamdulillah, the blessed Hajj season and Eid al-Adha are quickly approaching. Remember the story of Prophet Ibrahim ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)? His willingness to sacrifice something so dear to him—his son—for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is a great example all of us:

Even though he loved his son more than anything in the world, Prophet Ibrahim 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) knew he must obey the command of Allah—and his righteous son agreed. So the father and son resolved to carry out Allah’s will. But, Allah, the Most-Merciful, seeing their willingness, replaced Ismail with a ram, which was sacrificed instead.

The Udhiyah/Qurbani season provides us with the opportunity to follow Prophet Ibrahim’s example …
… to show our willingness to give … 

Give Udhiyah/Qurbani to those in need!

But what is Udhiyah/Qurbani all about? Well, the word Qurbani is an Urdu and Farsi word derived from the Arabic Qurban, which means an act performed to seek Allah’s pleasure. It and Udhiyah are used in reference to the sacrifice of an an’aam animal (camel, cattle, sheep, goat), made in the name of Allah, to serve as charity. And in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s story, Muslims sacrifice an animal at the end of Hajj season, on Eid al-Adha, and share the meat with the needy.

Islamic Relief’s annual Udhiyah/Qurbani program can help you fulfill that tradition and bring joy to those who receive a share of the meat. In fact, for many impoverished families, Udhiyah/Qurbani gifts from IRUSA donors like you provide the only meat they get all year long. (Here’s more information.)

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And, beyond that, giving charity like this insha’Allah increases your hasanat (good deeds) with Allah:

“… It is neither the meat nor the blood [of the sacrificed animal] that reaches Allah (swt), but the piety from you that reaches Him.” [The Holy Qur’an, Surah Al-Haj, 37).

So, please, remember the importance of this season and of your Udhiyah/Qurbani donation.
Show you care by giving your share.

Here is how you can give through IRUSA in 2013:

$100 or less
$120 to $199
$200 or more
India: $65 Bangladesh: $120 Palestine*: $210
Niger: $75 Pakistan: $130 Syria*: $210
Zimbabwe: $75 Sudan: $140 Afghanistan: $225
Chad: $80 USA: $150 Jordan: $240
Malawi: $80 Bosnia**: $160 China: $255
Kenya: $99 Haiti: $170 Lebanon: $265
Mali: $100 Chechnya: $175 Egypt: $335
Kosova**: $175
South Africa: $195
Yemen: $199


PLEASE NOTE: An * indicates that the Udhiyah/Qurbani in that country will be delivered as a canned item. An ** indicates that the Udhiyah/Qurbani in that country will be delivered as a frozen item. Also, a portion of all Udhiyah/Qurbani purchases for Jordan and Lebanon will go to help Syrian refugees in need. Finally, in rare cases where donations exceed what is needed or where local conditions prevent program implementation, Islamic Relief will redirect the funds to help provide Udhiyah/Qurbani meat in another location(s) as needed.


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2 responses to “Qurbani Udhiyah | What is it? Why Should You Offer It?”

  1. Kareem says:

    Salaams. Eid Mubarak to all my fellow Muslims.
    I just have a question. If we are sending our money to a country oversees and they are doing the Eid before us (here in the US), will the sacrifice be accepted? Because some 1 told me that your animal cannot be killed until you have prayed the Eid pray, and by sending the money away to an oversees country they will pray and kill the animal before you in the US pray. Can some1 please clarify, is this valid??
    Jaza kallah.

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