Your Qurbani Frequently Asked Questions Answered!


Dhul-Hijjah is a season of giving that we love participating in! We put together some of the common questions that have come up in previous Qurbani campaigns. Make this your most generous Dhul-Hijjah ever!

  1. ✔What is Qurbani?  
    The practice of sacrifice can be traced back to the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) who dreamt that he was ordered to sacrifice his son, Ismail (AS). In an act of devotion, Ibrahim (AS) agreed to perform the sacrifice. Upon being told of his father’s dream, Ismail (AS) himself even showed willingness to comply. However, when Ibrahim (AS) went to carry out the sacrifice, he found that his son was spared and a ram instead was sacrificed. . The continued act of sacrifice acts as a reminder of Ibrahim’s (AS) and Ismail’s (AS) obedience.
  2. ✔When is Qurbani 2021?
    The days of Qurbani are the 10th, 11th, and 12th of Dhul-Hijjah. The first day is better than the second, and the second better than the last. The 10th of Dhul-Hijjah will be celebrated on Tuesday July 20th, 2021, when the Qurbani sacrifices will begin for Eid al-Adha. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “The first thing that we do on the day of Eid is to perform the prayers. Then we go home and carry out our Qurbani. Thus whoever does those acts has conformed to the way of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). And for those who were slaughtered before it, then the meat is for the family members and not as an act of Qurbani.” [Bukhari] You can order your Qurbani with Penny Appeal USA at any time before Eid, which is permissible, and we’ll ensure the sacrifice is carried out on the right day.
  3. ✔Who should give Qurbani?
    All Muslim adults who are sound in mind and eligible to pay Zakat must make the sacrifice.
  4. ✔Which animals can be sacrificed?
    Qurbani animals must be a goat, sheep, cattle (cow, ox, water buffalo) or camel.
  5. ✔Can a sick or defected animal be offered as Qurbani?
    All animals for Qurbani must be in good health and free from any problems with their eyes, bones, and limbs. All our Qurbani animals are well cared for and thoroughly checked to ensure that they are suitable.
  6. ✔How is the sacrifice performed?
    To be accepted as Qurbani the animals must be sacrificed in the appropriate Islamic way.
  7. ✔Where is Penny Appeal USA performing Qurbanis?
    We do fresh meat distribution in India, Sudan, Cameroon, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, and even right here at home!
  8. ✔Can I choose which animal will be sacrificed for my Qurbani?
    The availability of animals and local preferences determine which animals are sacrificed so it is not possible to specify.
  9. ✔Who receives the Qurbani meat?
    All the fresh, succulent Qurbani meat benefits local families in need, allowing them to share the celebration of Eid with Muslim communities worldwide. The Qurbani meat may be handed out so that families can make a hot, nutritious meal for Eid, or our teams may organize community meals where we prepare and cook hot, nutritious meals for needy people in the area.
  10. ✔For Qurbani in the US, can I get a share of the meat?
    We are unable to offer this as an option this year.
  11. ✔Can a Qurbani be made on behalf of another person?
    Absolutely! You may give Qurbani on behalf of someone else, including a deceased Muslim. You can also give Qurbani in the name of The Prophet (saw) or his family members. However, this must be done in addition to your own Qurbani.
  12. ✔Should I avoid anything in the 10 days before Eid al-Adha?
    During this time you should not cut your hair or nails or remove parts of the skin.
  13. ✔When is the deadline for giving Qurbani?
    For Qurbani across the globe and here at home, please donate your Qurbani by July 21, so that we can make all the necessary preparations and deliver your Qurbani meat to those in need.
  14. ✔How many people are fed with each Qurbani?
    One Qurbani will provide approximately 57 meals. A Qurbani is 1/7 of a large cattle or camel, or a whole sheep or goat.
  15. ✔Can I pay for Qurbani with my Zakat or Sadaqah?
    No, Qurbani is a separate obligation.
  16. ✔Will I get a receipt or feedback?
    We’ll send you a receipt to confirm your Qurbani but we are unable to provide notification when individual Qurbanis have been completed.

Have any more questions? Visit our website to learn more! pausa.org/Dhul-Hijjah