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Qurban FAQ

The History

Qurban first started with Prophet Ibrahim and his son Prophet Ismail. Prophet Ibrahim had a dream that he was sacrificing his son Ismail. When he woke up he knew that it was an order from Allah ﷻ . He told his son about this order and Ismail replied: “dear father, if Allah ﷻ has ordered it, then you must obey, so sacrifice me. Do not fear, with the help of Allah ﷻ , I shall be brave.”
Ibrahim prepared to slaughter his son. Just as Ibrahim was about to do so, he heard a voice say: “you have shown your good intentions and you have already fulfilled Allah’s ﷻ command.” An animal was then sent down for Ibrahim to sacrifice instead. Ismail was saved and Ibrahim understood that he was being tested.
To remember this event, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha every year and like Prophet Ibrahim and his son and Prophet Muhammed ﷺ after them, we sacrifice an animal.

The Sunnah

Qurban is a Sunnah mu’akkadah (a confirmed Sunnah) for the one who can afford it, but there is no sin on the one who does not do it.
However, if a person can afford to offer Qurban and does not do so, that person will be missing out on a lot of rewards that come from offering Qurban at the time of Eid al-Adha.

Allah ﷻ says:
“Therefore, turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only)”
[Qur’an, 108:2]

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“The Prophet ﷺ sacrificed two white rams speckled with black. He slaughtered them with his own hand, said ‘Allaahu akbar’ and put his foot on their necks.”

The Conditions

If the start of Dhu’l-Hijjah has been proven and a person wants to offer a sacrifice, it is forbidden for that person to remove anything from the hair on his/her body or to cut his/her nails or any part of his/her skin, until the sacrifice has been offered.
This ruling only applies to the one offering the sacrifice (whether he/she is performing the Hajj rituals or not). It does not apply to the rest of his/her family nor does it apply to the one he/she appoints to slaughter the sacrifice on his/her behalf (should this be the case).