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Qurbani of one seventh of an Animal

Qurbani of 1/7 of an Animal


In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

Any person who has in his ownership wealth equivalent to 612.36g of silver or 87.48g of gold on the Day of Eid is compelled to give Sadaqatul Fitr for Eidul Fitr or sacrifice an animal for Eidul Adha.   (Raddul Muhtar p.171 v.3)

Big animals like cows, bulls and camels have seven shares.  The qurbani of seven people can be made by slaughtering one of these animals whether it is for seven people of one household or from different households.  The only condition is that the intention in each share should be for qurbani or aqeeqah.  If these animals are divided into less than seven shares i.e. six shares, five shares etc. then this will be permissible.  However, if the animal is divided into eight or more shares to be divided to eight different people then no ones qurbani will be accepted.   (Fatawa Hindiyyah p.207 v.5)

For small animals such as sheep and goats, there is only one share.  Qurbani of only one person can be made from these animals.   (Kifayatul Mufti p.189 v.8)

If a big animal like a camel is being slaughtered by seven people, care should be taken that the meat is distributed equally.  It should not be distributed by mere estimation but instead by weighing.  If one partner receives less, the excess received by the others will be regarded as interest.  To avoid such a situation, together with the distribution of the meat, if the head, feet and skin are also included then exact distribution will not be necessary. If all partners do not wish to take their shares, rather they desire to collectively distribute the meat amongst the poor or their friend’s then equal distribution between the partners will not be necessary. (Raddul Muhtar p.460 v.9)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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