The Prophet, peace be upon him, said “The son of Adam does not do any action on the day of sacrifice (Eid ul Adha) which is more pleasing to Allah than the sacrifice of animals; the animal will come on the Day of Resurrection with its hair, horns and hooves (for reward). The blood certainly reaches Allah before it falls to the ground. So make yourselves purified therewith.” (Tirmidhi; Ibn Majah)
What is Qurban?
Qurban refers to the sacrifice of livestock for the sake of Allah. It can only be done during Dhul Hijjah, performed between the 10th and 13th. Muslims all around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to reflect Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.
At least one third of the meat from the animal must go to the poor or vulnerable people. Traditionally, a Muslim would keep one third of the meat for their family and give the final third to their neighbours/relative or friends.
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The Prophet (saw) said: “It is the sunnah of your father Ibrahim (as). For every hair of the Qurban you receive a reward from Allah (swt).” [Tirmidhi]
Can we do Qurban as a family?
There are various opinions on this where some scholars allow while others do not. Usually a person sacrifices a goat or sheep in his own name. Those who choose to share would usually sacrifice a cow where it is divided over 7 shares. This year, qurban of cows in India is at an affordable price of $598.
What Is Aqiqah?
The birth of a child is a great blessing and gift from Allah SWT that Muslims around the world celebrate with family, friends and loved ones. One of the many ways this is celebrated is through Aqiqah.
Aqiqah is the act of sacrificing an animal to mark the occasion of a child’s birth. Ideally, this should be performed seven days after the birth of the child – or failing that, every subsequent seven days or before the child is mature – based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
Performing Aqiqah following the birth of a child is highly recommended for the parent or guardian. This is beneficial for many reasons; along with the aim of announcing the birth of your child and thanking Allah SWT for such a blessing, it helps to unite family members and loved ones on this special occasion.
It also gives us an opportunity to share our celebrations with those less fortunate than ourselves – such as orphans and those in need – by offering the meat from the sacrifice with them.
The Aqiqah for a boy and a girl varies; the sacrifice for a baby boy is the equivalent of two sacrifices and the sacrifice for a baby girl is one. Aqiqah can be done as long as the child has not reached puberty.
If I have not performed Aqiqah for my child, which one should I do first?
Let's recap the differences between qurban and aqiqah:
1. Qurban can only be done between the 10th to 13th Dhulhijjah. Aqiqah can be done anytime, including during Qurban period. It is sunnah to perform it on the 7th day of the child's birth, failing which, every subsequent 7 days after or before the child reaches puberty. Aqiqah done during Qurban period is usually cheaper, due to economies of scale.
Qurban and Aqiqah with Apkim
Alhamdulliah, Apkim is partnering Qurban.sg, Hezom International and Aliyah Rizq Farm to provide this service. Qurban from Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya and Bangladesh will be distributed 100% to the locals as a form of sedekah. Qurban from Australia will be chilled and brought back to be distributed in Singapore. You can request to have the parts delivered to your doorsteps with additional delivery fees or to have them disbursed on a monthly basis over a period of 6 months to the poor and needy in Singapore.
Closing Date: 4 July 2022