In the tradition of a father willing to sacrifice his only son, what will you sacrifice this Dhul Hijjah?

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“O my son,
indeed I have seen in a dream that I must sacrifice you, so see what you think.” Faced with an impossible choice, Prophet Ibrahim (as) consulted his son; a child he’d been blessed with after a lifetime of praying for an heir. He found Ismael was a boy wise beyond his years. When he submitted willingly to the divine command, Ibrahim offered the life of his beloved child in submission to his Lord.

The honour of Prophet Ibrahim (as) was sealed as the tradition of Qurbani began. Today, as we reflect on the lessons of Ibrahim’s sacrifice, are we willing to make the greater sacrifice? This is to give the very best of what we can, to earn Allah’s love, just as he did?

‘You will not attain righteousness, unless you give of that which you love; and whatever thing you spend, Allah surely knows it.’ (3:92)

Performing Qurbani with HHUGS is the greater sacrifice. It means offering the biggest animal, under the best conditions, and ensuring HMC approved meat for those most in need. Donating for Qurbani overseas may be the cheaper option, but performing Qurbani in the UK, and giving it to the needy who are nearest, is closer to the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw), as agreed to by all four schools in Islam.

With inflation at a 30-year high, an estimated 1.5 million UK households will struggle to pay food and energy bills this year. With Muslims falling into poverty at a rate ten times higher than rest of the population, surging prices and rising taxes will hit the poorest households in our community hardest. HHUGS families, who were already under financial strain, now face even greater pressure than before.

This Eid, revive the Sunnah of Qurbani, by offering the best you can give, to the nearest in need.

If you could give for His sake, wouldn’t you give the very best you could?

“There is no money more cherished than that money which is spent for Qurbani on the day of Eid.” (at-Tabarani)

In the Days of Tashreeq, when there’s nothing more beloved to Allah than Qurbani, honour the tradition of our father Ibrahim (as) by making the greater sacrifice.

Ensure your sacrifice fulfils the conditions of Qurbani so you reap its full rewards.
Raise the bar this Dhul Hijjah, by giving the best you can.

Who should offer Qurbani?

Qurbani is obligatory on all adults of able mind and financial means, according to the Hanafi School. It is considered Sunnah mu’akkadah (confirmed prophetic practice) in all other schools of Islam.

“There is no action of the children of Adam on the ‘Day of Nahr’ [10th of Dhul Hijjah], which is dearer to Allah, than the spilling of blood [offering Qurbani].”
– (at-Tirmidhi)

Which animals are suitable for Qurbani?

Animals offered as Qurbani must be beasts of cattle: cows, oxen, buffalo, sheep, goats and camels.

Only animals that have reached adulthood are acceptable for sacrifice, and this varies between species. Sheep reach maturity between 6 months to a year and for goats it’s also a year. For cows etc. this is at two years of age. For camels, it’s five years.

‘A lamb [sheep of six months] is equal to a one-year-old goat.’ (Abu Dawud)

HHUGS offers you the chance to sacrifice the best of British sheep for Qurbani, through Euro Quality Lambs. Unfortunately, we cannot facilitate the sacrifice of cows or shares.

Lamb needs to be at least 6 months’ old to meet the criteria for Qurbani eligibility. This year, compared to previous years, there is unfortunately not the same availability of old season lambs (9-15 months old) that meet this criterion. Therefore, HHUGS will perform Qurbani with eligible sheep. This is also due to the fact that HMC will not be stamping old season lambs in 2022, but only animals which are 12 months plus.

The best & biggest animal

Animals intended for Qurbani should not have health defects or physical flaws like blindness and lameness. Neither should they be emaciated to a degree that people wouldn’t normally prefer to buy them.

The Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) was to offer the very best animals for sacrifice, knowing that there will be a reward for ‘every hair’ and ‘every fibre of its wool’ (based on the hadith narrated by Ibn Majah).

‘The finest Qurbani is that which is expensive in price, and very fat.’ (Ahmad)

Performing your Qurbani with HHUGS means offering the highest quality sheep, raised in the best conditions on British pastures, and slaughtered by Euro Quality Lambs according to HMC Halal regulations.

Sharia compliance & transparency

For Qurbani to be accepted, the person performing it must be Muslim.

The slaughter must be carried out in the name of Allah, according to Islamic methods and with the intention of offering it as Qurbani.

‘On the day of Qiyamah, that animal will come forth with its horns, hair and hooves [to be weighed with a person’s good deeds]. And even before the blood of the sacrifice falls onto the ground, it will be accepted. So perform Qurbani with a content heart.’ (at-Tirmidhi)

HHUGS Qurbanis are facilitated by Euro Quality Lambs in abattoirs that operate on a riba –interest free model (which is far from the norm.) Euro Quality Lambs in-house Sharia advisor, Imam Sohyab Peerbhai, is present during the sacrifice, to ensure HMC compliance and offer assurance and peace of mind to donors. The UK has the highest standards in meat production ensuring animal and environmental welfare and hygiene. This is in keeping with the Muslim ethos of excellence and goodness –tayyib.

The correct time for Qurbani

Qurbani must be performed after the Eid prayer, on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah.

It can be carried out anytime between then and before sunset on the third day of Eid/the 12th of Dhul Hijjah.

‘Whoever slaughtered the sacrifice before the prayer, he just slaughtered it for himself. And whoever slaughtered it after the prayer, he slaughtered it at the right time, and followed the tradition of the Muslims.’ (Bukhari)

HHUGS accepts orders of Qurbani up to 12pm on the second day of Eid (expected to be Sunday 10th July). Qurbani orders which were placed prior to Thursday 7th July 5pm will be performed on the first day of Eid/Saturday 9th July (expected date for Saudi/global sighting). Any Qurbani orders placed after Thursday 7th July 5pm up til 12pm Sunday 10th July will be performed on Monday 11th July. Donors will receive a SMS and email to confirm that their Qurbani has been completed. Your Qurbani meat will be distributed to needy households throughout the UK, after processing, in the days that follow.

Please follow the options in the checkout to select whether you will be following the Saudi/global sighting announcement for Dhul Hijjah/Eid (expected Saturday 9th July) or the local moonsighting (which may be Sunday 10th July) so we can ensure your Qurbani is performed at the correct time.

Sacrifice in your own country

Scholars from all four schools in the Islamic tradition encourage performing Qurbani in one’s country of residence, and giving to those closest to home.

According to the Hanafi School, transferring Qurbani from one country to another is makruh –detested, unless one is transferring it to one’s relatives or to people who are in greater need of it than the needy in one’s own country.

According to the Maliki, Hanbali and Shafi’i Schools, it is not permissible to transfer Qurbani beyond the distance at which shortening prayers becomes permissible, unless the people in that place are in greater need of it than the people in the place where the Qurbani should be offered.

‘If there are poor people in one’s own country, then it is better to give it to them so as to meet their needs…it is preferable to slaughter it in the country where you are.’ (Ibn Jibrin)

Qurbani with HHUGS means giving more to adhere more closely to the conditions of Qurbani, according to the Quran and Sunnah. It means reviving the traditions of offering Qurbani in one’s home country, and giving to those nearest to us.

Still unsure about gifting your Qurbani with HHUGS? Have a look at our QURBANI FAQS

"We are a large family of seven and very rarely eat meat, as it is very expensive and unaffordable for us. So to be able to enjoy some lamb on Eid was a rare pleasure for the entire family. May Allah bless all those that contributed to make that happen and grant them al-firdaws."


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