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Slaughtering overseas

Question and Answer:

Q. We live in US our eid is on 6th nov we give qurbani in Pakistan or India and usually they have eid 2 days after our, if they slaughter on 2nd or 3rd day of eid will our qurbani be valid?

A. The Fuqahaa have stated that it is preferable that one slaughters the Qurbani with one’s own hands or at least witness his Qurbani being slaughtered in front of him. Nevertheless, if you have your Qurbani done overseas, it will be valid and permissible. If you are having your animal slaughtered overseas (eg; in Pakistan or India) and the day of Eid is one day before or after Eid in your country (USA), the country in which the animal is being slaughtered will be taken into consideration. Therefore, if the day of Eid falls one or two days in India or Pakistan before USA and the Qurbani animal is slaughtered on that day, the Qurbani will be valid. (ad-Durrul Mukhtar, Vol: 6, Pg: 318, Darul Fikr)

والمعتبر مكان الأضحية لا مكان من عليه

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed


Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)

Council of Muslim Theologians

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