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Distribution of Qurbani meat on behalf of a deceased

Nasihah (Advice): Sacrificing of Rams

Sayyiduna Anas Bin Maalik Radhiyallahu Anhu says that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to offer two rams as sacrifices, and I used to also offer two rams.  (Bukhari)



Question and Answer:

  1. A lady passed away on the 10thof Zul-Hijjah, on eid Morning at 4AM. She purchased a Qurbani animal for Eid. The heirs slaughtered the Qurbani animal on her behalf. How do the heirs distribute the Qurbani meat?


(Question published as received)

  1. Qurbani will become Waajib (obligatory) on person who fulfils the criterion of Qurbani during days of Qurbani. The days of Qurbani commence atdawn (Subah Saadiq) of the 10th of Zul-Hijjah and terminates at dusk/sunset of the 12th of Zul-Hijjah. (Hindiyyah 5/295)

In the enquired case, the deceased passed away prior to the commencement of the days of Qurbani. Hence, Qurbani was not Waajib on the deceased at the time. The animal slaughtered by the heirs on behalf of the deceased will be an optional (Nafl) Qurbani. In this case, the heirs may distribute the meat of the Qurbani animal according to their discretion.

Note: The heirs are encouraged to distribute the meat amongst the poor and needy for the Esaal-e-Sawaab of the deceased.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 



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