Qurbani is a blessed time that follows the Eid al-Adha prayer, which is otherwise known as the Greater Eid. It involves the sacrifice of an animal and can include goats, rams, sheep, camels, cows, or buffalos.
The sacrifice re-lives the Quranic story of the Prophets Ibrahim (AS) and his son Ismail (AS). It is a story about the strength of faith and Allah’s (SWT) favour upon His favourites.
When you make a Qurbani donation, you will need to pay for an animal to be purchased including the cost of the sacrifice and distribution. The larger animals such as camels, cows, oxen, or buffalos are equal to seven shares and the smaller animals are a single Qurbani. You have the option to pay for either or simply pay for a share in a large animal. Generally speaking, the bigger the animal, the higher the price, but prices are confirmed closer to the time.
There are specific rules on the animals which are allowed, and this includes a requirement for them to be healthy, without any visible defects and be adults so about one year for small animals and two years for large animals.
Qurbani is a strong Sunnah and considered necessary by all the schools and must be given by every Muslim who is of sane mind, has reached the age of puberty, and has a level of wealth beyond the current Nisab threshold.
Qurbani is performed following the Eid prayer and can be done any time over the three days after Eid. Much like Eid al-Fitr, which takes place after Ramadan, Eid al-Adha is a time for feasting, being with friends and family, and praying to strengthen the connection with Allah (SWT).