Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What Is Qurban?

Literally, qurban is an Arabic word which means sacrifice. In other parts of the world, qurban is also known as qurbani. In Islam, qurbani/qurban is an act of worship performed by Muslims on specific days (10th, 11th or 12th of Thul hijjah in the Islamic calendar) whereby livestock are slaughtered and distributed for consumption to... the poor, and friends and relatives of the performer.

Basic conditions of slaughtering during Qurban
1. The slaughtering process must be carried out in accordance to the Shari'ah.

2. The animal should only be slaughtered with a sharp knife or object. It is not permissible to use guns, electronic shock or carbon dioxide gas in the slaughtering process.

3. The animal should be laid on its left side with its face pointing towards the Qibla and slaughtered quickly.

4. Before the animal is slaughtered, "Bismillah" (in the name of Allah) must be recited.

5. When slaughtering, at least three of the four veins in the throat of the animal must be cut.

6. The animal must be completely dead (or cold) before it can be skinned and cut into pieces.

7. The following animals can be slaughtered for qurbani:
a. Goats, either male or female, that are at least one year of age.
b. Sheep, either male or female, that are at least six months of age.
c. Cows, oxen, buffaloes that are at least two years of age.
d. Camels, male or female, that are at least five years of age.

8. A person can offer either one goat or sheep, or one seventh of a cow, buffalo or camel as qurbani, i.e. 7 people can agree to offer a cow, buffalo or camel between them.

9. Animals that are impaired (i.e. blind or crippled) cannot be slaughtered for qurbani.

10. Qurbani can only be carried out during the period of qurbani (i.e. during the three days of Eid Adha - 10th, 11th and 12th of Zulhijjah). Animals that are sacrificed outside this period will not be considered as qurbani.

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  2. what is Qurbani. is most important topic in our life so pleas every one read this topic.

  3. I agree with Zain Bhatti Qurbani is most import part of our life ...

  4. About number 8, I'm not so sure, can someone please confirm it for me?