What is Qurbani?

Qurbani or Udhiyyah is the animal sacrifice Muslims make during Eid-al-Adha. It takes place on the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah, and the meat is distributed to the poor. During Qurbani, we'll be distributing meat in dozens of the countries we work in.

The history of Qurbani can be traced back to the story of Cain (Qaabeel) and Abel (Haabeel). Abel was the first human being to offer the sacrifice of an animal to Allah. It can also be traced back to Prophet Ibrahim who had a dream that God ordered him to sacrifice his son, Ismael. While Ibrahim surrendered to God’s command, God intervened just before he could perform the sacrifice, sending him a ram in Ismael’s place. Today, the continued practice of the ritual of animal sacrifice serves as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to God.

Qurbani is compulsory for every Muslim who is of sound mind and possesses the nisab (zakat threshold).

How can I give Qurbani?

It’s simple. Choose the country where you’d like the animal to be sacrificed (or sent to). When we receive your order, we will perform the Qurbani on the morning of Eid. Part of the meat will be kept fresh and part of it will be canned, depending on the country you choose.

The meat will then be distributed to the poorest families on the day of Eid-al-Adha, ensuring the poor get to celebrate Eid just like the rest of us. We do our very best to reach as many people as possible.

**We will endeavour to give your Qurbani to your chosen region. However due to meat availability, we may move it to another country with the same price handle.**

Please select a country to give Qurbani. You can also choose the lowest priced or where most needed Qurbani.

Who does my Qurbani help?

At Human Appeal, we’re committed to distributing meat to the world’s most needy families. This year, we’ve selected 18 countries in urgent need of your support. As well as selecting regions like Palestine and Syria where the struggle is widely publicised, we’ve also chosen those places where people suffer just the same but we don’t hear about it, such as Yemen, Somalia and Nepal.

We either send out the meat fresh or we preserve it by canning, ensuring a long shelf life. By canning the meat, the poor can eat well on Eid and over the years to come too.

Sadly, millions of families around the world have to face Eid-al-Adha hungry and malnourished. But we can change this. Last year we provided Qurbani to one million people. This year, we want to reach even more. If you allow us to perform your Qurbani, we can make sure some of the world’s poorest families are fed. Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said, “The believer is not he who eats his fill while his neighbour is hungry.” [Bukhari]

Case Study

When we knocked on Akbar Jan’s door, she didn’t know that this would be the best surprise in years.

Akbar, a widow who lives with her two daughters and ailing sister in a small house in Shawai Nala, Muzzaffrabad, Pakistan has faced misery after misery. Six years ago, Akbar’s husband died of a heart attack and, without a breadwinner, her and her daughters have slowly crept into dire poverty.

To add to their troubles, their village suffered from torrential rain and 90% of the houses in the area were destroyed or badly damaged. The knock on the door was to give them their share of Qurbani. The treat was particularly special because they hadn’t tasted even a strand of meat for the entire year. “I’m so happy to see my family enjoying a good meal after so long,” Akbar says. “It was such a blessing that we received this Qurbani meat in such a respectable manner.”

Case Study

When we knocked on Akbar Jan’s door, she didn’t know that this would be the best surprise in years.

Akbar, a widow who lives with her two daughters and ailing sister in a small house in Shawai Nala, Muzzaffrabad, Pakistan has faced misery after misery. Six years ago, Akbar’s husband died of a heart attack and, without a breadwinner, her and her daughters have slowly crept into dire poverty.

To add to their troubles, their village suffered from torrential rain and 90% of the houses in the area were destroyed or badly damaged. The knock on the door was to give them their share of Qurbani. The treat was particularly special because they hadn’t tasted even a strand of meat for the entire year. “I’m so happy to see my family enjoying a good meal after so long,” Akbar says. “It was such a blessing that we received this Qurbani meat in such a respectable manner.”