Qurbaani if one has debts

Q: I’m from Hyderabad, India and currently reside in Doha (from last March). The thing is I was in Saudi Arabia for 6 years and from December 2011 my toughest period of life started, Alhamulillah, I’m now quite fine. The thing is I was jobless, without any salary from December 2011 till 28th Feb 2013, which is more than 14 months of joblessness. During this time, I dipped into deep financial crisis and had to borrow money from nears & dears for me and my wife/son’s survival. Alhamdulillah, to this day, I’ve repaid the debts of 4 persons out of 10. Insha Allah I hope to clear off the remaining debts too. My question now is am I eligble for Qurbaani? Can I opt for Qurbaani in A cow instead of sheep? Please advise me.


A: You are not eligible for qurbani since you are covered with debts.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وشرائطها الإسلام والإقامة واليسار الذي يتعلق به وجوب صدقة الفطر

قال الشامي في رد المحتار: قوله ( وشرائطها ) أي شرائط وجوبها ولم يذكر الحرية صريحا لعلمها من قوله واليسار ولا العقل والبلوغ لما فيهما من الخلاف كما يأتي والمعتبر وجود هذه الشرائط آخر الوقت وإن لم تكن في أوله كما سيأتي (رد المحتار ج6 ص312)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)