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One sheep for multiple Qurbanis?


Nasihah (Advice): The immense reward of Qurbani


Sayyidatuna ‘Aishah Radhiyallahu Anha reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:“There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Qiyamah with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed on a person’s good deeds). Allah accepts the sacrifice before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart.” (Tirmidhi)




Question and Answer:


  1. I would like to have some clarity pertaining to the slaughtering of Qurbani for Eid. I would like to purchase, 1 sheep which is all that I can afford currently. I would like to know, if 3 names can be used on the 1 sheep nm: for myself and my 2 sons. In the past, have I bought shares on my name and my childrens? Not sure how these shares worked though. Jazakallah.


(Question published as received)



  1. To discharge the obligation of Qurbani, one sheep or one share (of a cattle/camel) is required per individual.


When optional Qurbani is done for Esaale Sawaab (sending reward to the others) then it can be on behalf of many people and even the entire Ummah.


Camel and cattle being large animals are equal to seven shares. This means that seven individuals’ Qurbanis may be discharged from one camel or cattle.


Sheep and goats being small animals equal only one share. Hence, a sheep may only be used to fulfil the Wajib Qurbani of one person. Therefore, the single sheep that you purchase may only be used on behalf of yourself. (Fataawa Hindiyyah)

Q. Can 1 sheep or goat be sacrificed for all marhooms in the family.
(Question published as received)
A. If the Qurbani is an optional one, then the intention for more than one Marhoom (deceased) can be made. Hence, one Qurbani can be made for all the Marhooms in one’s family. (Fataawa Rahimiyah vol.8 pg.25; Darul Ishaat)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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