Qurban FAQ (English)

Question 1: If I have done sacrifice (qurban) last year, can I do it again this year and in the years to come?

Answer: The ruling for qurban is sunnah muakkadah. It is sunnah for those who can afford it. And if you can afford to do it every year, hence you are welcome to do so, no ruling against it. Allah knows best

Question 2 : I would like to make the sacrifice. Which is a better choice? Camel, cow or sheep or parts of any of the animals mentioned? 

Answer: It is highly encouraged to sacrifice with a goat than to share 7 people in a camel or a cow. Following that, it is encouraged to sacrifice with 7 goats than a camel or cow because more blood flows. It is sunnah to sacrifice an animal that is fat and sound in its health and senses. It is even better to sacrifice one fat animal instead of two skinny ones. And more meat is better than fat, unless the meat is not good. In short, it is highly encouraged to sacrifice a camel, if not a cow, if not a lamb, and at least a goat. If none of the above is possible, 1/7 of a camel or cow. Allah knows best

Question 3 : If I perform the sacrifice, is it compulsory for me to take a part of the meat? 

Answer : It is sunnah for the person who perform the qurban to eat the meat, but cannot (haram) eat them entirely. It is obligatory to distribute a part of (even a small portion) the sacrificed meat. One can donate all of the meat from the sacrificed. However, it is more encouraged for him/her to consume some of the meat to obtain barakah from the sacrificed. Following that, it is encouraged that a third of the sacrificed meat be eaten by the one who perform and the remaining (2/3) donated. And following after that, it is encouraged that the 1/3 is eaten (or served as a feast), 1/3 donated to the poor (even if it’s only to one person), and the remaining 1/3 be presented to relatives and neighbours. Allah knows best. 

Question 4 : Can I perform the sacrifice above my child’s name that has yet to hit puberty or be able to differentiate the wrong from right (mumayyiz)? 

Answer : It is a must for the father (or guardian) to do the sacrifice (qurban) with his own wealth for his child that is still young and alive, without the said child’s permission. The sacrifice should not be done with the wealth of the young child. Allah knows best

Question 5: What is the ruling on doing a sacrifice for the deceased? Can this be done? Example, doing the sacrifice for the Prophet. 

Answer : You cannot perform the sacrifice for the deceased unless there is a will involved. It is more advisable to do the sacrifice under your name and give reward (pahala) to someone else. Allah knows best

Question 6 : If the animal that I wish to sacrifice is no longer available in the country, can it be changed and done in another country?

Answer: It depends on the person who is doing the sacrifice, if he/she wants to do it or not. Thus, the initial stage of representation plays a vital role in making agreement for the person performing the qurban

Question 7: Can one be a representative of another to perform sacrifice for his/her counterpart? 

Answer: The ruling for slaughtering the sacrificial animal is sunnah done by the person who wants to perform the sacrifice. However, those who are unable to carry it out themselves are more encouraged to delegate to others to slaughter their qurban animal on their behalf. It is our responsibility to do it to the best of our abilities, and to distribute it to where people need it most

Question 8: When should the sacrifice be done?

Answer: The sacrifice must be performed on the tenth, eleventh and twelfth days of Dzulhijjah. You can order your sacrifice before this time, but the sacrifice must be carried out on the correct day

Question 9: Is it permissible for the one who wants to offer a sacrifice to cut his hair or nails? 

Answer: “When you see the new moon of Dzulhijjah and any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, let him refrain (from cutting) his hair and nails.” - Narrated by Muslim

Question 10: It is permissible to appoint someone to slaughter the sacrifice on one’s behalf?

Answer: There is nothing wrong with giving money to someone to slaughter the animal for you, on condition that he is trustworthy and that he will slaughter it during the days of sacrifice which are the days of at-tashreeq

Question 11: What is the difference between qurban and sedekah? 

Answer: Qurban is an ibadah that is done on the month of Dzulhijjah by someone who can afford it, and they have to abide by the rulings. And it is also sunnah to follow the code of conduct of qurban such as not shaving or plucking any facial hair and not to cut fingernails. Each qurban is performed on 1 unit = 1 name. E.g. 1 goat =1 name. Whereas for sedekah, it can be done anytime and there are no rulings attached. It is considered as sedekah if one unit is placed under more than 1 name. E.g. 1 goat = 2 or more names

Question 12: What If I can’t refrain from doing what is prohibited of me while performing the qurban, is it a sin? How do I go about and the duration that I have to abstain from what is prohibited? 

Answer: It is sunnah for people who want to perform the sacrifice (including those who intend to sacrifice before the month of Dzulhijjah), not to remove the hairs on their body and not to cut the nails. (This includes not cutting nor shaving hair, facial hair, hair at the underarms, hair at the private parts, and all the others.) The period that they shouldn’t do so is when it enters the first ten days of the month of Dzulhijjah until he/she performs the qurban. In the event the person who performs the sacrifice does so, the ruling is that it is makruh, not haram. Henceforth, it is permissible to cut hair and nails if it interferes with making proper ablution and other obligations The wisdom is that Allah frees, from every fibre of the slaughtered animal to the slaughterer, so then the slaughterer should be in complete condition so that more fibres can be free from hellfire. Allah knows best

Question 13: Is it permissible for non-muslims to be given the qurban meat?

Answer: The goal and aim of conducting kurban is clear, it is to be appreciative of the sustenance that Allah s.w.t has blessed us with throughout that year, and also it is to allow other people to feel the blessings from Allah s.w.t whilst having a stronger ties among the Ummah. As a result, giving the qurban meat to non-muslim does not go against with any of the aim as to why qurban is conducted, so according to Hanbali Mazhab, it is permissible to give the sunnah qurban meat as a gift to non-muslims but it isn’t permissible to give wajib qurban meat to non-muslims. Wallahua’alam

Question 14: Is it obligatory to eat the sacrificed meat? 

Answer: Most scholars are of the view that eating from it is mustahabb (encouraged) but is not obligatory.

Question 15: Is it permissible to give a big portion of or all of the sacrificed meat to charity? 

Answer: If one wishes to give all of the meat to charity, or a large portion of it, he/she may do so

Question 16: When is the time to do Aqiqah? 

Answer: It is sunnah to perform aqiqah on the 7th day from the birth of the child. It should be performed before or after the 7th day but Aqiqah cannot be performed before the birth of the child. The time to perform Aqiqah is long and it has no end. Henceforth, there is no end date to perform Aqiqah even after the 7th day. It is only sunnah to not delay the Aqiqah until the child is almost reaching puberty. In the scenario that it is not performed and that child has hit puberty, it becomes unnecessary for the parents or anybody to else to perform Aqiqah for the child. Instead, it is encouraged for that child (now grown up) to do it himself/herself, and it can be done even when he/she has matured

Question 17: Where will the rest of the meat from Australia be sent if I only take a portion (1/3 or 2/3) ? 

Answer: It will be distributed to the poor and needy living in Singapore

Soalan 18: How are you getting funds and Qurban aids to the crisis area? 

Thank you for your enquiry. Aid and supplies are still getting in through, although it is challenging. We create awareness, run campaigns and provide platforms for donors to channel their Qurban contributions. Qurban that comes to us will be distributed to our various humanitarian partners because of their credible background, extensive network of field offices in those affected areas and their vast experience in humanitarian works. We will be transferring the financial aid for Qurban to our humanitarian partners who are currently active on the ground. Our partners on the ground will then convert it to Qurban livestocks, which can be quite costly in an unstable economic climate. Bank transfers are still happening although there may be some delays in accessing funds. By working with international relief agencies, through years of being on the ground, they have established networks and developed ways for Qurban aids to be delivered to the intended recipients. How they circumvent difficult situations depends on their intimate knowledge of the local ways, contacts and customs to circumvent these difficult situations to ensure aid is received. These few years working with them and having witnessed how they work in some areas and in the most difficult situations, we believed that they are very committed in their job and have a very high level of passion for humanitarian work. Through this collaboration, we develop deep trust that benefits everyone. It is not easy but with your support, everything will be well, insyaAllah

Soalan 19: What are your organisation’s accountability and transparency measures? 

Thank you for your enquiry. As we are a faith based entity, our primary accountability is to Allah, the Almighty. We are accountable for our actions to our supporters, beneficiaries and the public at large within the prescribed rules, procedures and processes. We adhere to an accountability framework and seek to provide justice for all, promotion and awareness of the rights of people and treating them with the respect they deserve regardless of their faith or ethnic background, and accountability both for our own actions and those of our partners. We adhere to the humanitarian accountability measures outlined by industries standard. This means we ensure transparency through effective communication and are accountable to our beneficiaries and supporters. We provide a secure channel for Qurban contributions and its effective utilization through collaboration with reputable non-profit organizations. Giving through our organization will help keep us growing as a trusted window to humanity worldwide

Soalan 20: How many kg is a portion (⅓) of an Australia Sheep?

Answer: Usually, we will get 16kg in total for a whole (3/3) sheep. So a portion of it will be approximately 5.5kg.

Soalan 21: When will the Qurban be performed? 

Answer: It will be done on the days of Tasyriq : 10,11,12,13 Dzulhijjah.

Soalan 22: Since I’m doing Aqiqah for my daughter/son, can i cut her/his fingernails? Or i have to wait for the Aqiqah is done? 

Answer: You may cut your child’s fingernails as they are not performing Ibadah Qurban. 

Soalan 23: What is the difference between Most Urgent & Most Needed Qurban? 

Answer: They both cater to different needs of the country. Most Urgent would cater to the issue of lack in basic food supply while Most Needed would cater to rebuilding their structures and economy through Qurban