The simplest and most easy-to-understand definition of Qurbani is that it is essentially the sacrifice of a livestock animal. It takes place after Eid Ul Adha prayers, from the 10th to the 12th of Dhul Hijja. Also known as Udhiya, Qurbani is a confirmed Sunnah of the Prophet and performed by those financially able to do so.
After the animal has been sacrificed, its meat is divided into three portions. One for the family; one for the neighbour and one for the poor. Qurbani therefore serves as a means to look out for the poor and the needy. By sacrificing an animal during the Eid-ul-Adha festivities, Qurbani brings the entire Muslim Ummah together.
Even though it is an act of sacrifice, the essence of Qurbani is not about death, but life. It is meant to teach Muslims restraint, obedience, devotion and Taqwa. Every year hundreds of millions of Muslims perform Qurbani in accordance with the Sunna of Ibrahim. The Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was resolute and unflinching in his will to follow Allah's command. Qurbani is meant to instill the same devotion and dedication within Muslims towards Allah (SWT).
At Muslim Aid, we are proud to announce that we will be carrying out extensive Qurbani projects this year. Last year, your Qurbani donations reached some of the most isolated poverty stricken places in the world. We urge all Muslims to donate generously and perform the Qurbani festivities this Eid, Inshallah.