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It is prescribed for those intending to offer Qurbani during Eid ul-Adha, to refrain from removing/trimming their hair and clipping their nails, during the last ten days of the lunar month. Some traditions state that the person should refrain from the first day of Dhul Hijjah until after their Qurbani has been performed.

‘When you see the new moon of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, let him refrain from [removing anything] from his hair or nails.’ (Muslim)

Other traditions state that the person should refrain until after he/she has prayed the Eid prayer, and even if his/her own Qurbani has not yet been carried out i.e. once the proper time for Qurbani has commenced, he/she may resume personal grooming, without waiting for their own sacrifice to be performed.

This ruling applies only to the person offering the sacrifice, and not to his/her family, nor for the person performing it on his/her behalf.

Facilitated by Euro Quality Lambs, HHUGS Qurbanis are HMC certified Halal and Tayyib. All sheep offered for Qurbani are slaughtered without stunning and in accordance with Islamic methods, performed by Muslim slaughtermen with Certificates of Competence. All Muslim abattoir operatives will perform Eid Salah at EQL at the earliest jamaat time on the day of Eid. Only after this does Qurbani start.

Euro Quality Lambs is a riba-free organisation, with an onsite mosque and with an in-house Sharia advisor, Imam Sohyab Peerbhai, who is present during the sacrifice. The sheep we purchase for your Qurbani are raised in the best conditions on British pastures. Furthermore, the UK has the highest standards in meat production, ensuring animal welfare and hygiene. This is in keeping with the Muslim ethos of excellence and goodness –Tayyib.

Donors can rest assured that not only will their Qurbani be performed with the highest possible religious status but no riba will be paid from their money and part of their money will go towards Zakah – a truly holistic approach to the Islamic Economy.

The UK lamb industry is seasonal and lambing (when lambs are born) normally occurs between February-April. For Qurbani this year eligible lambs must be born before 11-Feb-2019.

Euro Quality Lambs have worked with forward-thinking Qurbani customers to purchase eligible animals of known age in advance to eliminate the risk of underage animals. This has led to higher cost as the animals must be looked after and fed up to the date of Qurbani.

The animals chosen for your Qurbani were born last year and will be over 12 months of age but below 24 months at the time of slaughter. These are called hoggets: a lamb is less than 1 year old, hogget is between 1-2 years old and mutton is over 2 years old.

Slaughter is a regulated activity and all slaughtermen must hold a licence known as a Certificate of Competence to allow them to slaughter legally. It is also better for the animal to be slaughtered by an experienced slaughterman rather than someone with little or no practice. Euro Quality Lambs e therefore do not allow anyone to perform Qurbanis themselves.

We regret that we aren’t able to offer this service due to the number of Qurbanis we preform and the limitations of our teams on the ground. On the day, Euro Quality Lambs staff are extremely busy with the overseeing of the slaughters, and the dividing, processing and packing of the meat. Our own staff and volunteers are occupied with arranging transportation and ensuring timely delivery of the meat to beneficiaries. We are sorry that we simply do not have the capacity to host individuals at the abattoirs during Qurbani.

We regret that we aren’t able to offer this service at the current time, due to logistical limitations and the limited capacity of our teams on the ground. Therefore, all Qurbani meat will be distributed to HHUGS beneficiaries in the UK. With regards to donating Qurbani meat

Imam Malik said:
‘There is no limit to what may be eaten or given in charity or used to feed the poor or the rich, whether one wants to give it uncooked or cooked.’ (al-Kaafi, 1/424).

According to the Shafi’i school, it is mustahabb -recommended to give most of the Qurbani meat in charity. (Al-Siraaj al-Wahhaaj, 563)

According to the traditions, one sacrifice offered by the man or primary breadwinner of a household, is sufficient as Qurbani for himself and the members of his family. This includes his wife, children and parents, if they are all living in the same house. If the wife or any other member of the household wishes to offer Qurbani at her/their own expenses, she/they may do so.

An-Nawawi (ra) reported that those who regarded it as permissible for a man to offer Qurbani for himself and his family in this way, and share the rewards of it with them, quoted the following hadith as evidence.

‘A'isha (ra) reported that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) offered Qurbani as follows: ‘... He placed it on the ground and when he was about to slaughter it, he said, ‘In the name of Allah, O Allah, accept [this sacrifice] on behalf of Muhammad, the family of Muhammad and the Ummah of Muhammad;’ then he slaughtered it.’ (Muslim)

It is also permissible for those offering Qurbani to do so with the intention to share the reward with whomever he wants from his relatives. This includes relatives who have passed away. The Qurbani may either be offered on behalf of the deceased and the living, or a separate Qurbani may be offered on behalf of the deceased (although this was not the practice of the Prophet (saw).

We regret that we are unable to accept and distribute meat from donors due to logistical limitations involving collection, storage and delivery. During Eid ul-Adha, HHUGS teams are extremely busy with facilitating and distributing Qurbani, and we work on a tight schedule and route to ensure everything runs smoothly. We are unable to accommodate changes or special requests that could potentially hinder our service or distribution.

HHUGS has a strict confidentiality policy, which protects the privacy of our beneficiaries who are vulnerable by definition of their situation. Therefore, we are unable to give out the addresses of our beneficiaries, to donors who wish to distribute/deliver meat to them directly.

Lamb price follows a typical seasonal pattern based on supply and demand. The UK sheep industry is inherently tayyib (pure, wholesome) as it’s a grass-based system so most sheep will only eat grass and forage during its life. Weather patterns and grass growth in parts of the country affect the supply of lambs.

Lamb is typically at its highest price in May and at its lowest in September. As the Qurbani date moves back 10-11 days each year the base price of lamb will rise due to less availability of livestock.

Supply of Qurbani-age-eligible lamb and the base price of standard lamb at the time affect the Qurbani price. Lambs are normally slaughtered between 3 and 12 months of age. Typically lambing (when lambs are born) occurs between February and April but Qurbani lambs must be born before 11-Feb-2019 in order to be at least six months old by 11-Aug-2019. There is thus a dwindling number of Qurbani eligible lamb supply which pushes the Qurbani lamb price up more than the standard price of lamb at the time. Increased demand and reduced supply increases prices.

The day of Qurbani also affects prices. If the first day is on a weekend the prices are higher as there are higher wage costs for workers, vets, meat hygiene inspectors, drivers etc. This year the first day of Qurbani is expected to be Sunday 11th August 2019 (Dhul Hijjah confirmation will be announced 10 days earlier) so there will be increased costs if it is on a Sunday.

Yes. On occasion if there is an abscess in the leg or some other pathology the inspector may condemn part of the carcass so that part will be cut off and disposed of. This is rare and cannot always be easily detected in the live animal. This does not affect the validity and status of your Qurbani. Condemnations are part of the normal hygiene process and occur in meat plants every day.

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