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Learn The Importance Of Sharing Qurbani Meat With Others

Sharing Qurbani meat

The sacred Muslim practice of sacrificing animals during Eid-ul-Adha is called Qurbani, which means sacrifice. This tradition is observed every year during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah. Muslims around the world, according to tradition, slaughter a cow, goat, sheep, or camel in honor of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS).

The origin of Qurbani

Allah (SWT) told the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS) to demonstrate his obedience. Ismail (AS) and the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) agreed and were eager to fulfill Allah’s (SWT) wish. As Prophet Ibrahim (AS) completed the penance, Allah (SWT) supplanted Ismail (AS) with a ram at the last moment – saving Ismail (AS)’s (AS) life and compensating Prophet Ibrahim (AS) his submission.

Muslims observe Qurbani, where each eligible person sacrifices an animal and divides it into three portions in honor of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) devotion. When it comes to sharing Qurbani meat, there are certain standards that must be upheld by every Muslim.

Shares of Qurbani meat

Muslims without any mental ailments, with more than 614.25g of silver or the equivalent in cash and those who are less than 27 miles from home should all donate one portion of Qurbani. Children are not required to perform the Qurbani, but families and households frequently purchase a larger animal worth multiple shares and perform the Qurbani together. 

How do you distribute Qurbani meat?

If a larger animal is chosen, the Qurbani may be performed collectively by seven people. That means that entire families can give one donation, but if you want a share in a large animal, MATW will combine your Qurbani with those of other donors and divide it accordingly.

Who is eligible to receive Qurbani meat?

The meat of a sacrificed animal should be divided into three portions:

  • One portion for the person who supplied the animal
  • One portion is to be shared out among family, friends, or neighbors
  • One portion is to be given to those in need

Furthermore, no rules state that those who receive meat from a Qurbani sacrifice must follow the Muslim faith. “Allah (SWT) does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah (SWT) loves those who deal with equity.”

– al-Mumtahinah 60:8 

Looking after the poor, those in need, and the community

Donating Qurbani helps those in need during Eid al Adha. Allah (SWT) said in the Holy Quran: “The animal offerings are among the rites decreed by God for your good. You shall mention God’s name on them while they are standing in line. Once they are offered for sacrifice, you shall eat from there and feed people experiencing poverty and the needy. This is why we subdued them for you: you may show appreciation.”

– Quran 22:36

Why do we share Qurbani meat with others?

Your Qurbani provides food for low-income families, helps farmers, and creates jobs in the surrounding villages and communities. By donating Qurbani meat, we can:

  • Follow the Sunnah
  • Double our impact
  • Double our rewards
  • Show gratitude to Allah
  • Support farmers 
  • Share the blessings of Eid 
  • Help poor people who otherwise lack access to meat 


Is it necessary to distribute Qurbani meat?

Muslims who have reached puberty and are mentally stable, have more than 614.25 grams of silver (or the equivalent in money), and live no more than 27 miles from their homes must offer one share of Qurbani as a part of the charity. The distribution of Qurbani meat is not mandatory but is considered a good deed and a way to share the blessings of the occasion with those in need.

Can a husband and wife give Qurbani together?

Yes. Both husband and wife should aim to offer Uḍḥiyah (Qurbani) as penance and refrain from cutting their hair or nails from the first of Dhu’l-Ḥijjah (or when they decide to offer penance), regardless of whether someone else is slaughtering the animal on their behalf.

How long can we keep Qurbani meat?

Raw cuts, steaks, and slices can be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days before cooking. Cooked meat can be kept in the fridge for three to four days. For best quality, cooked and raw ground, meat can be frozen and used within 3 to 4 months.

In conclusion

During the Eid ul-Adha celebrations, Qurbani unites the entire Ummah by sacrificing an animal and distributing the meat to needy families and individuals. By donating to Qurbani, you fulfill a sacred duty of charity and assist those in need.

As we emphasize the importance of sharing Qurbani meat with others, we hope you recognize the significance of this act. Donate to Qurbani to pay tribute to Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) unwavering commitment to Allah (SWT).

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