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Qurbani FAQs

This year NZF has taken on the responsibility of distributing Qurbani for Zakat eligible recipients in the UK.  Recipients of the Qurbani will include the homeless, refugees & asylum seekers, widows, orphans and the most vulnerable members of our community.
What is Qurbani?
Qurbani or Udhiyyah as it is also known, refers to the act of sacrificing a particular type of animal as an act of devotion to Allah. Every year during the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah, Muslims who have the financial means slaughter a special animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel and share one third or more of the meat with the poor and needy. 
How much does Qurbani cost?
NZF will be offering Qurbani of lambs only. A whole lamb will weigh on average 18kg and will cost £111. 
Is Qurbani obligatory?
All the scholars of Islam agree on the Qurbani being legislated by Allah upon us as Muslims. The only difference in this regard pertains to whether it is obligatory or highly recommended, with the Hanafi school opining that it is obligatory and the other three sunni schools being of the view that it is highly recommended. Undoubtedly it is better and safer to strive to have a Qurbani done if one is able.
Who should offer Qurbani?
This is usually undertaken by the head of the household. If the cost of Qurbani is surplus to your needs and the needs of those on whom you spend, then it would be prescribed for you to offer the Qurbani.
When is Qurbani performed?
The sacrifice is to be done within the days of the Eid al Adha: 10th, 11th or 12th of the month of Dhul-Hijjah. Qurbanis purchased through NZF will be carried out on the 12th of Dhul-Hijjah which will either fall on Friday 25th or Saturday 26th September 2015, depending on the confirmation of Eid.
How will the Qurbani be performed?
All lambs purchased for Qurbani through NZF will be slaughtered in accordance with the prophetic tradition and not stunned. All meat is HMC certified.
How many Qurbanis should be offered per household?
The Hanafi school states that a separate Qurbani should be done per person. The Maliki and Hanbali schools purport that the Qurbani is prescribed per household. Thus a single ram/sheep/goat sacrifice is sufficient for the person paying for the sacrifice and his/her household or dependents.
Where should I do my Qurbani -  in the UK or abroad?
The Hanafi school understood that transferring Qurbani from one country to another held the same ruling of transferring Zakat; both are detested unless it is for one’s kith or kin, or for a people who are in more severely in need than those residing in his/her own country. 
The Maliki, Shafi, Hanbali schools opined that it is permissible to transport the Qurbani from the land wherein the money is held, for less than the distance whereby ‘prayers may be shortened due to travel; but it is haram to transport it for more than that, similar to Zakat – it is nonetheless still deemed as being a valid sacrifice.  
Is it is better to slaughter Qurbani myself?
In principle it is better as that was the Prophetic example. However legislation within the EU states that only qualified individuals with permits may carry out the slaughter. The scholars of Islam point out that it is permissible to appoint another Muslim to slaughter the sacrifice on one’s behalf. NZF Qurbani will therefore be performed by a licensed slaughter house. 
Is it allowed to do more than one Qurbani? 
You may wish to undertake one Qurbani in the UK and one abroad as an example and this is permissible. It is allowed to do more than one sacrifice as the Prophet (peace be upon him) himself carried out multiple Qurbanis. 
Will the animal skin be distributed in addition to the meat? 
As our beneficiaries will not have any need of the animal skin, NZF will give the skins from the Qurbanis to the slaughter house. 
Can I shave/trim my hair and nails during Dhul-Hijjah? 
The Prophet (upon whom be peace) instructed: “When the ten (days of Dhu’l-Hijjah) begin, and one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, let nothing touch his hair or skin.”  [Muslim] You should not cut or trim hair and/or nails therefore in Dhul Hijjah if you plan to do Qurbani until the sacrifice has been offered. Qurbanis purchased through NZF will be carried out on the 12th of Dhul-Hijjah.

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