Qurbani - FAQs

    1. What is ‘udhiyah’ or ‘qurbani’?

    ‘Udhiyah’ or ‘Qurbani’ are the respective Arabic and Urdu/Persian words which refer to the animal that is sacrificed as an act of worship to Allah during the days of Eid or tashreeq.

    2. Who needs to perform qurbani?

    The Hanafi ulema say it is obligatory upon every sane individual who has wealth in excess of their needs, which is normally defined as somebody who meets the criteria for paying zakat. According to the other schools of thought it is sunnah.

    3. What is the reward of making a qurbani?

    Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her)reports that the Apostle of Allah peace and blessings be upon him said, "The son of Adam does not perform any actions on the day of sacrifice which is more pleasing to Allah than the shedding of blood. He will come on the day of resurrection with its hair, horns and hooves, and the blood certainly will fall in a place near Allah before it falls on the ground. So, make yourselves purified therewith. (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

    Zaid bin Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Companions of Rasulullah (peace and blessings be upon him) asked him: "O Prophet, what is this sacrifice?" He said: "It is the way of your forefather Ibrahim."

    They asked: “What (reward) is for us therein?" He replied: "There is a reward for every hair (i.e. the reward for meat will be great, but there will also be a great reward for the inedible parts).

    They asked: "For the wool, Ya Rasulullah?" He replied: "There is one reward for every strand of wool." (Ahmed, Ibn Majah)

    4. How many sacrifices can I make?

    You can make as many as you want and on behalf of as many individuals as you like, including the deceased. A small animal such as a sheep or goat counts as one sacrifice whereas a large animal counts as seven sacrifices.

    5. When and how is the qurbani performed?

    UWT performs its sacrifices through its fieldworkers on the three days of Eid according to the shariah method of slaughter, which includes the selection of animals.

    6. How does UWT’s qurbani programme work?

    Our qurbanis are allocated according to needs assessments performed in our countries of operation. Each country is allocated a quota of animals so you will effectively be paying for pre-ordered livestock. When the quota for a particular country is filled, our payment systems will stop accepting money for that country. There are no quotas for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir, so in the event that all quotas are filled, these three regions will pick up the slack.

    7. Until when can I make a qurbani payment?

    You can make payments until 31st October for all regions except Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir where we can accept donations until 7th November.

    8. Can I choose which animal to sacrifice?

    Yes. In most of our countries of operation you can select either a large or small animal for sacrifice.

    9. Are there any other recommended practices related to the sacrifice?

    It is a recommended (mustahab) act for the one who intends to perform the sacrifice not to remove any hair or nails from his body from the 1st of Dhul-Hijja until he performs the sacrifice. This hair includes all the hair of the body, whether it is from the head, beard, moustache, armpits, private parts or anywhere else.

    << Back to Qurbani 2011