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August 10, 2020

Eid Ul Adha 2020 – All You Need To know

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Eid Ul Adha 2020 – All You Need To know

Qurbani or Udhiya is a spiritual action that helps draw us closer to our creator. How to do it correctly, when, and why are a little less clear? Our handy FAQs answers all your questions.   

When is Eid Al Adha 2020? 

In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid Al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for five days. In 2020, Eid Al Adha will begin on the evening of Thursday, 30 July and will end on the evening of Monday, 3 August Inshallah.  

Why do we celebrate Eid Al Adha?  

The festival of Eid Al Adha celebrates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (aes) who was by asked by Allah (swtin a dream, to sacrifice his son Ismail, in order to prove his faith and loyalty. Although despondent, Ibrahim (aes) was willing to sacrifice Ismail but at the very last second, Allah (swt) saved Ismail and replaced him with a sheep.  

As Muslims, we celebrate Eid Al-Adha to remember Ibrahim's loyalty and obedience to Allah and sacrifice a male sheep or goat to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim (aes). This is known as Qurbani or Udhiya in Arabic 

Is Qurbani/Udhiya Fard (compulsory)? 

The answer to this will depend on your school of thought (Madhab). In general, Qurbani is deemed a Sunnah practice of the Prophet Muhammed (saw), who is reported to have said 

‘The first thing we will do on this day of ours, is to offer the (Eid) prayer and then return to make the sacrifice. Whoever does so, he acted according to our Sunnah…’ (Bukhari) 

Hanafi: Qurbani is wajib and is considered compulsory.  

Shafi: Qurbani is a sunnah mu’akadah and is highly recommended, but not compulsory. 

Maliki and Hanbali:  Qurbani can be both a sunnah mu’akadah and /or compulsory.  

Regardless of the school of thought you fall under,  the Qurbani sacrifice carries great reward as this is something the Prophet (saw) did personally and encouraged his followers to do too. 

Who should offer Qurbani? 

Again, the answer to this depends on your Madhab.  

Hanafi: Any sane adult Muslim who is eligible to pay Zakat (possesses the Nisab value) must give a Qurbani. This means that it is not uncommon for there to be a few Qurbani sacrifices made in the one household.  

Maliki, Hanbali and Shafi: the person responsible for the household can make the Qurbani on  behalf of the family.  

How many animals do I have to sacrifice? 

One Qurbani equates to the sacrifice of a small goat or sheep, or alternatively a share in a larger animal, like a cow. Both options are of equal value and will fulfil your obligation. 

You can also choose to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) and perform a Prophetic Qurbani.  


What is a Prophetic Qurbani?  

This is an an extra sacrifice, made on behalf of the Ummah. After fulfilling his personal obligation, the Prophet (saw) gave an additional Qurbani in the name of the Muslims who could not afford to do so. 

When does the Qurbani sacrifices take place? 

Qurbani takes place after the Eid prayer on Eid-Al-Adha. If you do make the sacrifice before the Eid prayer, then this is counted as a Sadaqah and you will still need to perform Qurbani after Eid prayer. 

Jundab bin Sufyan Al-Bajali reported, ‘I witnessed the Prophet (saw) on the Day of Nahr (or Eid day). He (saw) said, “Whoever slaughtered the sacrifice before offering the Eid prayer, should slaughter another sacrifice in its place; and whoever has not slaughtered their sacrifice yet, should slaughter now’“. (Bukhari) 

At Muslim Hands, we take your Qurbani orders up until Eid morning and sacrifice animals over the four days of Eid. 

What should I do if I’ve missed Qurbani in a previous year(s)? 

You can make up  for any missed Qurbani’s by either sacrificing an extra animal or donating the market value of the animal to the poor. Simply calculate how many years you’ve missed, and you will know how many animals you will either need to sacrifice or donate the value of.  

The Muslim Hands team can assist you with both options.  

When should I give my Qurbani? 

Most people tend to make their donations during Dhu al Hijjah. You can also make your Qurbani donations up to the month before Eid-Al Adha. This is especially important if you want to give your Qurbani sacrifice in a certain location, as the quota system fills up quickly.  

Muslim Hands allow donors to make their Qurbani orders up until Maghrib on the fourth day of Eid (13th Dhul Hijjah). This is because we already sacrifice the animals in time for Eid distribution, with the intention that some donors will give their money on the fourth day. 

What should I do if I am offering a Qurbani?  

When making your donation, please remember to give the names of all those who you are donating on behalf of.   

If you are performing the Qurbani yourselfyou should mention the names of those who are also part of the Qurbani, after mentioning Allah’s name and glorifying him. 

For example, one should say ‘Bismillah, Allahu Akbar. Oh Allah, this is from you and for you on behalf of so and so’.    

After the sacrifice one  should say, ‘Oh Allah accept this from so and so’. 

The person who intends to give the Qurbani is strongly encouraged to NOT cut their hair or nails between the first day of Dhul al Hijjah, up until after the Qurbani has been completed.  

Where and when is Qurbani distributed? 

We work with community leaders and teams on the ground to ensure that  your Qurbani meat is distributed to those most in need, during the days of Eid-Al Adha.  

Should I give the names of all the people who are giving this Qurbani? 

When performing the Qurbani, the names of the people should be mentioned after mentioning Allah’s name and glorifying him. 

For example, one should say ‘Bismillah, Allahu Akbar. Oh Allah, this is from you and for you on behalf of so and so’.   

After the sacrifice they should say, ‘Oh Allah accept this from so and so’. 

Muslim Hands will take the names of those offering Qurbani if you so desire. Our teams on the ground will then utter them before the Qurbani is offered. 

What if I don’t know where to give my Qurbani? 

Our Where Most Needed’ option is specifically designed for those who cannot decide where to send their Qurbani. Simply choose this option, make your donation and our experts will distribute your sacrifice to the people who need it most 

Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charity Registration No. 81126 4985 RR0001).