What is Kurban Bayramı?
Kurban Bayramı, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice (or Sacrifice Feast), is a 4.5 day religious holiday to mark Eid al-Adha. It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to show his faithfulness to Allah. The Sacrifice Feast traditions in Turkey include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor.
When is Kurban Bayramı?
Kurban Bayramı takes place over four days following the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah. The exact dates of the holiday changes every year because the Islamic calendar is based on the cycles of the Moon. Therefore, as the Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, the date of this holiday rotates by approximately ten days each year. This year, Kurban Bayramı will be observed from Saturday 9th July 2022 (dependent upon moon sighting).
What happens on Kurban Bayramı?
Kurban Bayramı is all about charity and community. Those who are able to sacrifice an animal during Kurban Bayramı are obliged to share it with the poor. The sharing of the sacrifice strengthens the sense of togetherness amongst communities, as well as allowing everyone to experience the same holiday joy regardless of their wealth.
Who has to give Kurban?
According to most Muslims, Kurban is highly recommended. According to the Hanafi school it is obligatory upon every sane adult Muslim male/female who has wealth in excess to his/her needs. Therefore, normally those who are eligible to pay Zakat are obliged to give Kurban.
Who is eligible to receive Kurban sacrifice?
Islamic Relief has a set criteria and scoring systems in place to determine recipients of the sacrifice. The scoring system is based on the following criteria:
- Families who live on less than the minimum income for that particular country
- Female-headed households
- Families with disabled and/or elderly persons
- Children under five years old
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding mothers
- Families with little or no access to the market
A thorough assessment is therefore carried out by our teams to objectively identify the weighting and priority of each of the above criteria. These are then applied when selecting recipient families to ensure we reach the most vulnerable without bias.