Qurbani is the act of sacrificing a livestock animal. It takes place during the festival of Eid ul-Adha prayers, marking the conclusion of Hajj. Millions of Muslims around the world honour the tradition of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) who was commanded by Allah (SWT) to sacrifice his only son. Yet at the final moment, a miracle happened and his beloved son was saved.
This festival takes place between the 10th and the 12th of the month of Dhul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar.
Qurbani instills the same devotion and dedication within Muslims towards Allah (SWT) as the Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) showed. Even though the act of Qurbani itself is to bring death to the animal, the actual meaning is about life. It is meant to teach Muslims restraint, obedience to Allah (SWT), devotion to righteousness, and Taqwa.
After the livestock animal has been sacrificed, its meat is divided into three equal portions – one for the individual performing Qurbani, one for the family of the Muslim who provided the animal, and one for the poor and needy.