The procedure for slaughtering an animal in Qurbani

The procedure for slaughtering an animal in Qurbani


Qurbani, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, is an important Islamic holiday during which Muslims around the world sacrifice an animal, usually a sheep, goat, cow, or camel, to commemorate the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. The sacrifice is performed after the morning prayer on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah.

The procedure for slaughtering an animal in Qurbani is as follows:

  1. Choosing the animal: The animal should be healthy, free from any defects or illnesses, and must meet the minimum age requirement for that particular type of animal. It is recommended to choose an animal that is suitable for the number of people who will be eating from it.

  2. Preparing the animal: The animal is washed, cleaned, and fed before the sacrifice. It is also given water to drink.

  3. The place of slaughter: The animal should be slaughtered in a designated area, usually in a mosque or an open space. The place should be clean and free from any impurities.

  4. The person performing the sacrifice: The person performing the sacrifice must be a Muslim who is sane, mature, and knows the proper method of slaughtering the animal.

  5. The method of slaughter: The animal is laid on its left side, facing the Qiblah (the direction of Mecca). The person performing the sacrifice recites the name of Allah and the Takbir (Allahu Akbar), and then makes a swift and deep cut across the throat of the animal with a sharp knife. The cut should sever the trachea, esophagus, and the two jugular veins, but the spinal cord should not be cut. The blood should be allowed to drain completely from the animal.

  6. Distribution of the meat: The meat is divided into three parts. One-third is given to the poor and needy, one-third is given to relatives and friends, and one-third is kept for the family.

  7. Disposal of the waste: The waste, including the skin, hooves, and other non-edible parts, should be disposed of properly.

It is important to note that the animal should not be slaughtered in front of other animals, and it should not be mistreated or harmed in any way before the sacrifice. The sacrifice should be performed with reverence, humility, and gratitude to Allah for his blessings.


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