All You Need to Know About Animal Sacrifice on Eid-al-Adha 

All You Need to Know About Animal Sacrifice on Eid-al-Adha 

Before you perform animal sacrifice (Qurbani) on Eid-al-Adha, it’s important to know all the Qurbani rules and conditions. From how to select the Qurbani animal to the way meat is distributed, we need to understand various aspects of this sacred act. This Eid-al-Adha, make the most of your Qurbani by following this comprehensive guide. 

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Which types of animals can be sacrificed on Eid-al-Adha? 

The animals Muslims typically sacrifice on Eid-al-Adha include goats, sheep, cows, buffaloes, and camels. However, it’s important to note the following special requirements for animal sacrifice:  

  • Goats and sheep must not be younger than one year
  • Cows and buffaloes must not be younger than two years 
  • Camels must not be younger than five years

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What should be checked to ensure the animal is suitable for sacrifice? 

Besides the minimum age of the sacrificial animal, we also need to ensure it’s healthy and without any defects. Make sure your animal sacrifice checklist includes the conditions mentioned in this article when you are selecting the Qurbani animals. All sacrificial animals must be in good health and without any diseases. For instance, blind animals and those with only one functional eye cannot be sacrificed. Your Qurbani animal should also have the ability to walk to the place where it will be sacrificed. It shouldn’t have any lame legs. We need to ensure the sacrificial animal can walk on all of its legs. Don’t select animals that are too lean or thin, or those with all or most of their teeth missing.

“A crippled animal whose limp is obvious is not to be slaughtered as sacrifice, nor an animal with a bad eye whose blindness is obvious, nor a sick animal whose sickness is obvious, nor an emaciated animal that has no marrow (in its bones).” (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1497)

What is the right and humane way to slaughter the sacrificial animal? 

There are some Qurbani rules we must follow when slaughtering an animal. First, check the sharpness of the knife to ensure slaughter is not unnecessarily painful for the animal. However, don’t sharpen knives in front of Qurbani animals. Next, we should make sure the Qurbani animal is not in front of other animals when we’re sacrificing it. Recite “Bismillahi Allahu Akbar” while sacrificing the animal. After performing Qurbani, only skin the sacrificial animal after its body is completely cold 

How many animal sacrifices does an eligible Muslim need to perform? 

Any Muslim who is required to give Qurbani must participate in at least one animal sacrifice on Eid-al-Adha. Qurbani is compulsory for sane Muslims who meet the Nisab threshold and have reached puberty. You can sacrifice one goat or sheep per eligible person, or book a share of a cow, buffalo, or camel, which are divided into seven equal shares. Seven people can sacrifice one cow, buffalo, or camel. However, there’s no restriction on the maximum number of animals a person can sacrifice. 

How is Qurbani meat distributed? 

After performing an animal sacrifice, Muslims typically divide the meat into three equal parts, with one portion for the person who gave the Qurbani, one for their family and friends, and at least one portion for the needy. However, many Muslims choose to donate all three portions of the Qurbani meat to the underprivileged through platforms like Transparent Hands. 

What are the benefits of giving your Qurabani donation online? 

Online platforms like Transparent Hands enable you to give your Qurbani from anywhere in the world. Here are some of the benefits: 

  • 100% of the Qurbani meat is distributed among deserving families to make it possible for more people to celebrate Eid-al-Adha like us
  • The animal sacrifice is performed hygienically while following all Islamic rules
  • Fresh meat is delivered to the poor and needy 
  • The organization’s team of experts handles various steps of animal sacrifice, including selecting a healthy animal, slaughtering the animal, processing the meat, and delivering it to impoverished communities 
  • Muslims living in countries like the US and UK can sacrifice multiple animals in developing countries for the price of one in their country
  • You can choose to sacrifice a goat or sheep, or book one or more shares of a cow.

By following these animal sacrifice rules and making informed choices, we can make our Qurbani donation more impactful. Besides giving your Qurbani donation online, consider earning more rewards and blessings during the month of Dhul Hijjah with your other donations. Join us in making this Eid-al-Adha memorable. 

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