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Qurbani 2024

In 2024, Islamic Relief's Qurbani distributions aim to reach more people than ever before

Your donations reached over two million people

Despite the cost of living crisis, your generous donations in 2023 meant that those living in hardship across the globe received desperately-needed support this Dhul Hijjah.

Thanks to your kind help, our teams on the ground carried out more than 195,000 Qurbanis across 29 countries, including right here in the UK, reaching over two million people!

A lifeline for Tajul

“I suffer from a physical disability that prevents me from working and supporting my family,” says Tajul from Gaibandha, Bangladesh.

“I lost my land during flooding and now must live on others’ land. I do not receive any government help and I am forced to bed from door-to-door in order to provide for my family. 

“I feel numb from fear that I may be forced to leave the place we have been living. I have no fixed income and cannot feed my family with the little I receive from begging from others. 

“Meat prices have been skyrocketing for days now. It is not possible for people like us to buy meat. 

“My wife and I both suffer from joint pain. We met with a doctor who informed us that this is caused by a lack of protein and nutrients in our diet. We feel dizzy and weak most of the time. 

“We are simply penniless and completely dependent on the mercy and blessings of others. 

Eid-al Adha is a joyous occasion for us as we have the opportunity to eat meat from Qurbani. Receiving the meat packages gives us immense pleasure and is very helpful. It means we have the opportunity to eat meat at least once in the year.

Tajul, Bangladesh

Image: Our Qurbani meat distribution programme in Bangladesh.

Fulfilling Fetiye’s Eid wishes

“I don’t have a permanent job. I provide for myself and my family with the  small income that I get from washing clothes. My husband is unemployed”, says mother-of-three Fetiye from Addis Ketema, Ethiopia.

“Our financial situation is difficult. It’s difficult for me to work because it hurts my back and hands. I am unable to pay my rent and struggle to educate my children. We hack a balanced diet which has affected my health. 

“We also have trouble accessing quality healthcare.  I have a thyroid disease and should be receiving treatment, but I cannot afford it. We live in poor conditions and  the roof of our house leaks when it rains.

“For us, eating meat is unimaginable. It’s very expensive and we cannot afford to buy it. 

Islamic Relief’s Qurbani meat pack helped us to enjoy the festival of Eid. My children are also very happy to have good food at this time. May Allah reward those who helped us. Thank you very much.

Fetiye, Ethiopia.

Image: Our Qurbani meat distribution programme in Ethiopia.

What is Qurbani?

Qurbani means sacrifice. Every year during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to reflect the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, for the sake of God.

After the animal has been sacrificed, its meat is then distributed to those most in need. You can also find out more about how Islamic Relief distributes Qurbani meat in the frequently asked questions below.

Donating Qurbani is highly recommended according to the majority of scholars and obligatory in the Hanafi Madhab for every Muslim who is financially able to do so. There are also Qurbani rules which dictate which animals can be sacrificed, the quality of the life it has led, its health status and guidelines on how the sacrifice must be carried out.

By donating your Qurbani to Islamic Relief, you enabled the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in 28  countries to enjoy Eid, as this is the only time many families eat meat in the entire year.

So turn in prayer towards your Lord and sacrifice.

Qu'ran | 108:2

Qurbani Donation

Throughout our lives, each and every one of us makes sacrifices to help our friends, family and neighbours. Therefore by sacrificing what we have to help those in need, we offer crucial solidarity and hope. Right now, a staggering 1 in 9 people worldwide are battling chronic hunger. However, there is hope: by giving Qurbani, you can feed a family in need this Eid.

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah (the 10 best days) are the most sacred days of the year, loved by Allah (SWT). Therefore, by giving to Islamic Relief, you can reap the rewards of this blessed month. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days

Hadith | Sahih al-Bukhari

Qurbani to over two million people

This year alone, your donations enabled us to provide quality meat to over 2 million vulnerable people across 29 countries such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Syria, as well as impoverished communities right here in the UK.

Alhamdulillah, your donations provided a critical source of protein to vulnerable families and individuals across the globe.

Here at Islamic Relief, we ensure that only the best quality meat is used – all sacrificed according to Prophetic tradition. We therefore don’t compromise on quality and we deal with local suppliers to help local economies flourish.

So as we remember the struggle and dedication of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice for the sake of Allah, make your sacrifice with Islamic Relief and support a family in need.

Who is eligible for Qurbani?

Islamic Relief has a set criteria and scoring systems in place to determine Qurbani recipients. The scoring system is based on the following criteria:

  • Families who live on less than the minimum income for that particular country.
  • Female-headed households.
  • Families with disabled and/or elderly persons.
  • Children under five years old.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Breastfeeding mothers.
  • Families with little or no access to the market.

A thorough assessment is therefore carried out by our teams to objectively identify the weighting and priority of each of the above criteria. These are then applied when selecting recipient families to ensure we reach the most vulnerable without bias.

Who has to give Qurbani?

According to most Muslims, Qurbani is highly recommended and according to the Hanafi madhab, it is obligatory upon every sane adult Muslim male/female who has wealth in excess to his/her needs. Therefore, normally those who are eligible to pay Zakat are obliged to give Qurbani.

When is Qurbani 2024 performed?

Qurbani will be performed after the Eid Salah in each field office. The slaughter will take place from after the Eid prayer on Eid al-Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah) and ends up to sunset of the 13th Dhul Hijjah.  There is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars as to whether Qurbani can be done over three or four days. To respect this difference of opinion, Islamic Relief strives to perform Qurbani in three days. However, we only extend into the fourth day in localities where this is religiously accepted by the local Muslim population. And if there is an operational need for this extra day.

If you give a Qurbani on any of these days, the Qurbani will still be carried out in time, as Islamic Relief has already purchased the animals to be slaughtered beforehand.

When is Qurbani Eid 2024?

Eid al-Adha is sometimes referred to as Qurbani Eid, and follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Depending on the country, the celebrations of Eid al-Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah) can last anywhere between two and four days. The Qurbani (sacrifice) is carried out following the Eid prayers, which are performed in congregation.

How much is Qurbani? How are your prices defined?

  • High Quality – Since Qurbani is an act of worship that is the most beloved to Allah (SWT) during the days of Tashreek, it is important that one offers the best possible offering. Therefore Islamic Relief adopts high quality standards when it comes to selecting the sacrificial animals. Standards cover health, weight (meat yielded) and age.
  • High Standards – We would also like our brothers and sisters around the world to receive the best quality meat because the believer is asked to love for his brother/sister that which he/she loves for him/herself. These high standards therefore come at a higher cost which in turn further supports economic development of our Qurbani farmers.
  • Transporting Qurbani to hard-to-reach areas – Islamic Relief always tries to reach the most vulnerable people in the most remote areas where the communities are hard to reach. However, transporting meat to hard-to-reach rural areas incurs higher transportation costs which in turn affects the Qurbani price. Conflict or disasters can make distribution more difficult and can add to the cost.

How much Qurbani should I give? Can I give more than one Qurbani?

You may wish to undertake one Qurbani in the UK with Islamic Relief and one abroad as an example and this is permissible. The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself carried out multiple Qurbani for himself and the Ummah.

This Dhul Hijjah reap the rewards of the 10 best days. Donate Now.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Miscellaneous questions

Check out this playlist on YouTube to see how our teams on the ground distribute your Qurbani.

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We ensure our content is reviewed and verified by qualified scholars to provide you with the most accurate information. This webpage was last reviewed by Sheikh Saalim Al-Azhari.

Page last reviewed: 9 June 2022

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