Qurbani Animals 2023 ( How to Select an animal for Qurbani )

Last Updated on April 26, 2023 by Dr. Ali Shahid

We are just a few days away from Eid-ul-Adha. Muslims worldwide sacrificed animals on Eid-ul-Adha in honor of the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S). The Qurbani animals for Eid-ul-Adha 2023 are Camels, Cows, Goats, and Sheep.

The slaughter of the animal must adhere to many Qurbani rules to be considered a Qurbani. It is necessary to follow rules for selecting animals, slaughtering animals, and sharing meat obtained from animals.

These rules must be followed or your Qurbani won’t count. Therefore, it is important to become familiar with these rules.

In this guide, we will cover all of the rules for Qurbani Animals 2023. Additionally, we will discuss the prices of different types of Qurbani animals in various countries.

What is Qurbani 2023?

Qurbani is an annual tradition in which Muslims sacrifice an animal in recognition of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) sacrificing his son for Allah (SWT).

Allah (SWT) provided a ram in place of Ibrahim’s (AS) son at the last moment, thus saving the life of Ibrahim’s (AS) son and rewarding Ibrahim’s (AS) devotion. As a result, Muslims offer Qurbani, giving their fair share to poor people.

Qurbani Animals 2023
Two years in age (equivalent to seven people’s Qurbani)5 Years in Age(enough for seven people’s Qurbani)1 Years in age(equivalent to one person’s Qurbani)1 Years in age (equivalent to one person’s Qurbani) 
They can’t be too skinny or lean
Ideally, they should be able to walk to the slaughter site themselves
A toothless condition or a loss of more than half the teeth is not allowed
They mustn’t have blindness or one eye
There must be no lame leg that is so weak that it cannot be used for walking
Prices of Qurbani Animals 2023 in Different Countries
Pakistan80K -400K PKR300K -500K PKR30K -60K30K-80K PKR
India90k-200k INR100k-300k INR10k-20K  INR10K-20K INR
Bangladesh90k-200k TK100k-300k TK12K-20K TK15K-25K TK
United Kingdom£800-£1500£3000-£9000£300-£400£300-£400
Gulf CountriesAED 10K-25KAED 15K-30KAED 2,100AED 2,100

How to Select Animals for Qurbani 2023

When purchasing an animal for Qurbani, there are certain factors that must be considered.

  • Minimum Age of Animals

As a first consideration, the age of the sacrificial animals should be considered. According to Islamic law, cattle and buffaloes must be at least two years old, while goats and sheep must be at least a year old.

  • Animal Health

Animal health is also an important factor to be considered. When approached by a human, a physically healthy animal will respond actively. The characteristics of a healthy animal are agility, strength, vibrancy, no limping, no agitation, and a good appetite.

Furthermore, healthy animals possess fine, shiny, and resistant to falling hair. The hair is also not standing up and has changed color. Furthermore, this animal does not harbor parasites such as mites, ticks, fleas, etc. on its skin.

There’s a good chance the animal has worms if its skin looks dull or its body is thin. In the process of distribution, sacrificed animals often become fatigued. Additionally, sacrificed animals often experience diarrhea.

  • Body Shape

Another consideration is the shape of the body, which should not be deformed. An animal that is to be sacrificed should be examined for its length, height, harmony, and defects. It is important that the animal be in good health.

In addition, the horns and legs of the sacrificed animal must be balanced, and the backbone should be flat. Additionally, the animal’s posture is perfect, with the right balance of stomach, front and back legs, head, and neck.

  • Animal weight percentage

As a final consideration, the carcass weight percentage should be considered. The carcass is the remains of a living animal after slaughter. It comprises meat and bones, without the head, feet, skin, or internal organs.

In order to calculate the carcass, the animal’s weight while still alive is used. It is recommended that a carcass be at least 40% of the live body weight.

Conditions under which it is prohibited to Slaughter an Animal

  • Those whose ears or horns have been removed in whole or in part.
  • Animals with ears slit crosswise at the front.
  • Those with horizontally cut ears from the back
  • Those with long slit ears.
  • Those with holes in their ears.
  • The ones whose ears have been cut so their ear canals are visible
  • Those without horns at all.
  • The ones that are entirely blind but still have eyes.
  • Those who don’t join the flock unless forced and herded.

How to Properly Slaughter an Animal for Qurbani

For an animal slaughter to count as Qurbani, it has to be done humanely according to Qurbani rules. Here are some rules to follow:

  • Qurbani must be performed with a sharp knife – dull knives can be painful and uncomfortable
  • It is not permitted to sharpen knives in front of the sacrificed animal
  • Animals cannot be slaughtered in front of each other
  • It is customary to recite the words “Bismillahi Allahu Akbar” when the sacrifice is being made
  • Until the animal has become completely cold, it cannot be skinned

What is the requirement for performing Qurbani?

It is mandatory for every individual who has reached puberty and meets the Zakat rules to perform Qurbani.

The question of who is to perform Qurbani differs according to the various schools of thought. For confirmation, please contact your local Imam.

Can I cut my hair and nails?

According to the Qurbani Eid rules, it is prohibited to cut hair or nails until after the sacrifice has been completed during Dhul Hijjah.

How to Distribute Qurbani Meat According to Laws?

Animals are traditionally distributed in three ways after they’re sacrificed:

  • A portion is kept for the Qurbani donor
  • The donor’s friends and family receive a portion of the donation
  • The final portion is distributed to those in need

Many Muslims, however, will donate to charitable organizations such as Orphans in Need in order to perform their Qurbani in compliance with local regulations.

If you wish to find out whether Qurbani is mandatory and to whom it is applicable, you should contact your local Imam.

Who can receive Qurbani meat?

Three equal portions of meat should be distributed from Qurbani animals. It should be distributed to members of the family, friends, and the poor (both Muslims and non-Muslims).

If Qurbani is performed with a partner or partners, the meat should be shared by weight, not by approximate calculation.

No meat, fat, or by-products of slaughtered animals can be used to pay the butcher. You can keep the skin for yourself, but give the money to the poor if you sell it.

What is the expected number of Qurbanis per family?

Every Muslim eligible for Qurbani should contribute one share of the offering, and parents should contribute a share on behalf of their children. Small animals like goats and sheep are equivalent to one Qurbani share.

A bigger animal, like a cow or camel, is equivalent to seven shares. According to Qurbani rules, a husband is not required to give money on behalf of his wife, but he can if he wants to.

When I miss my Qurbani, what should I do?

To make up for the previous year’s Qurbani donations, you will need to calculate the total number of years you missed and donate the appropriate amount of shares.

For example, if you failed to donate Qurbani for the last three years, you can now donate four shares. 

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