1. Is Qurbani an obligatory act?
Hanafi scholars deem it to be obligatory whilst the Shafi’, Maliki and Hanbali schools say that it is highly recommended.
2. Who is Qurbani obligatory upon?
If the cost of Qurbani is within your financial means and surplus to your essential requirements (and the needs of your dependents), it would be prescribed for you to make the sacrifice.
3. What’s the difference between offering a sheep and a cow or camel?
A sheep would equate to a single share, whilst a cow or camel would equate to 7 shares – perfect if you’re looking for an option for the whole family!
4. How many Qurbani shares can I offer?
One sacrifice would suffice but it is permissible to do more too, based on the fact that the Prophet (peace be upon him) went beyond the minimum amount and carried out multiple Qurbanis for his own sacrifice.
5. Why does Qurbani prevent me from shaving/trimming my hair and nails?
The Prophet (peace be upon him) instructed: “When the ten (days of Dhul Hijjah) begin, and one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, let nothing touch his hair or skin.” [Muslim] You can therefore cut or trim hair and/or nails before the 1st Dhul Hijjah or after the 11th of Dhul-Hijjah but not in between.