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Can Qurbani be substituted by charity?

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JAMIATUL ULAMA KZN DAILY Q&A

Nasihah (Advice): Virtue of fasting during the first ten days of Zul Hijjah

The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in the Islamic calendar. Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fast of a complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship of “Lailatul-Qadr” (Tirmizi)

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Question and Answer:
Q. If Qurbani is Wajib on me, do I have to do the physical Qurbani or can I just give the same amount of money in charity?

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A. During the days of Qurbani, Sadaqah and charity will not compensate for the physical observance of Qurbani. Just as Zakah cannot compensate for Hajj, nor fasting compensate for Salaah, similarly charity cannot compensate for Qurbani. However, if the days of Qurbani have passed, and the Qurbani was not offered due to ignorance, negligence or for some other reason, then it becomes Wajib to give in Sadaqah the price of Qurbani animal or the unslaughtered animal itself to the poor. (Bada’ius Sana’I’, Vol: 5, Pg: 66, al-Mabsoot, by Sarakhsi, Vol: 12, Pg: 14)

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