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 what was commanded of him, 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.
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.
“Therefore, turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only)”
“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.”
(Anas ibn Maalik)
When you purchase Qurban with Al-Ihsan Foundation, you will be donating the sacrifice whole to disadvantaged people around the world. The animal you purchase will be sacrificed and distributed among the poor and needy in the countries and areas that need it most.
Through the Grace and Will of Allah ﷻ , in 2017 and 2018, Al-Ihsan Foundation distributed Qurban to over 302,269 people and families across eleven countries. The Qurban was distributed to the most vulnerable such as refugees and the displaced as well as the poor, widowed and orphaned.
The generosity and kindness of the community has increased on a yearly basis. In 2019, Al-Ihsan Foundation provided close to half a million people with Qurban donations.
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 he/she has offered the sacrifice.
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).
“Whoever sees the crescent of Dhul-Hijjah, and wants to slaughter a sacrifice he should not take from his hair nor from his nails.”
The time of sacrifice (Udhiya)
The time for offering the sacrifice begins after the Eid prayer and Khutbah on Eid al-Adha and ends when the sun sets on the thirteenth of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Therefore, there are four days of sacrifice: the day of Eid al-Adha and the three days after it.
It is better to offer the sacrifice with haste after completing the Eid prayer and Khutbah. This is the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ.
The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ did not go out on the day of (Eid) al-Fitr until he had eaten, and he did not eat on the day of (Eid) al-Adha until he came back, then he would eat from his sacrifice.