Can I Offer the Reward of a Sacrifice to Someone Else?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

Can a person sacrifice an animal either during Eid ul Adha or in general in the name of deceased person so that he/she can receive the reward for this?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

Yes, it is permitted to donate the reward of a good deed to another, whether the other person is alive or deceased.

A man told the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) that his mother died a sudden death and did not have a chance to leave a bequest in her will, and that were she able to speak she would want to donate charity. He then asked if the reward of charity on behalf of his deceased mother would reach her, to which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) replied, “Yes.” [Muslim]

Please see the following answer for further details: Donating Reward to the Dead: A Detailed Answer and: Is Donating the Reward of a Recitation to Prophets Permissible?

And Allah alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

The Tremendous Increase and Rejoicing Without Condition – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

faraz rabbaniIn his Eid khutba, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani highlighted keys of why and how to celebrate Eid and the bounty of Allah.
He explained that celebration should be infused with the remembrance of Allah. He also gave some lessons and insights on the deeper meanings of the sacrificial slaughtering on Eid al-Adha. Finally, Shaykh Faraz concluded by emphasizing that concern for the affairs of the Ummah can and should be coupled with rejoicing in Allah’s bounty, favor, and mercy.

Do You Think The Killer in Chattanooga Represents Any Of Us? – A Powerful Khutbah by Imam Khalid Latif

Imam Khalid LatifImam Khalid Latif delivered a powerful khutbah on Eid Al-Fitr, shortly after the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee in which five people were killed. He calls on Muslims to be the change we want to see in the world. What is it that we want to carry forward? We mustn’t live our lives in reaction to the worst ideas people have of us, he says.

Imam Khalid is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies.


Resources for Seekers:

ISIS, Sex Slaves and Islam – reflections from Imam Zaid Shakir
The threat to religious guidance

“Peace is always in the middle, never at the extremes”
Fatwa Against Terrorism and the Targeting Of Civilians
On War & Beheading: How ISIS Manipulates Hadiths
On the mass murder of Coptic Christians by ISIS
Islam vs. ISIS: A Letter to Baghdadi from Leading Scholars
Clarity in Crisis: How Believers Look at Trials and How they Respond, Guided by Prophetic Light

What Is the Proof in the Qur’an for the Sacrifice (Udhiya) on the Days of Eid al-Adha?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Some people say that sacrificing animals on Eid is just a tradition and that there is nothing about it in the Qur’an. Can you give me a proof frm the Qur’an that the sacrifice of Eid is ordered by Allah?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
The sacrifice (udhiya/qurbani) on the days of Eid al-Adha is necessary (wajib).
Allah Most High says, “So pray to your Lord and make your sacrifice to Him alone” [108.2]
This verse is the proof that the sacrifice is necessary as explained by Sarakhsi in his Mabsut, Jassas in his Sharh Mukhtasar al-Tahawi and Ahkam al-Qur’an, Kasani in his Bada`i, and likewise by other Hanafi masters elsewhere.
As for the tradition (hadith) about it being a sunna of Ibrahim (Allah bless him and give him peace), if sound: (1) it doesn’t negate the necessity of the sacrifice, and (2) the “sunna” here is simply the “way,” and not sunna in the legal sense.
And Allah alone gives success.
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Exploring The Qur’an – Surah al-Ikhlas – Five Part Audio Lecture by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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Surah al-Ikhlas – Part 4 – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Surah al-Ikhlas – Part 5 – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
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Eid Mubarak from Shaykh Faraz & the SeekersHub Global team

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In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful
May Allah make these days of true rejoicing
Dear SeekersHub Global students, supporters, and friends,
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,
We pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.
We pray to our Merciful Lord that your Eid is safe and with joy with each other, as you remember in your prayers so many others who are in distressful wars and poverty around the world. Please make your blessing of joy to resolve to help and serve others who are suffering.
The teachers, managers, and SeekersGuidance team would like to wish you Eid Mubarak. We ask Allah Most High to make these days of rejoicing in the blessings of Allah, worldly and spiritual, and days of returning to Allah through recognition of these blessings.
May this be a true Eid for us, insha’Allah. The Early Muslims (salaf) would say: “True Eid isn’t for those rely wearing new clothes. Rather, true Eid belongs to those whose obedience increases.”
The root meaning of Eid is, “That which returns, time and again; and rejoicing.”
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “They are days of eating, drinking, and remembrance of God.” [Bukhari]
Making Eid a True Rejoicing & Return
Make these days of rejoicing and reconnecting with family and friends.
Repair strained relationships.
Visit and contact friends and family whom you have fallen out of touch with.
Do this as a spiritual action, seeking the pleasure of Allah, for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) mentioned that from the best of faith is mending relations.
And make these days of rejoicing and reconnecting with Allah Most High.
Turn to Him in thankfulness.
Turn to Him in love.
Turn to Him with a sense of awe and awareness of both His Beauty and Majesty.
Look at where you are in your relationship with Allah, and do three things:
[1] resolve to leave those specific actions you do that are most odious to Allah–of the forbidden actions;
[2] resolve to begin doing (or becoming more consistent in) those actions that you are most remiss in–of the obligatory actions; and
[3] make a general repentance from all that is displeasing to Allah, and make a general commitment to turn to Allah in life, and to seek His pleasure through making good your submitting to Him, in accordance with the radiant, life-giving example of His Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him).
And Allah alone gives success.
Faraz Rabbani
on behalf of the teachers, managers, and team at SeekersHub Global
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O Ramadan – Poem By Sidi Aashif Sacha

O Ramadan
By Aashif Sacha
O Ramadan, you are our noble guest,
O Ramadan why must you leave so soon,
O Ramadan, It felt like yesterday I saw your new moon,
O Ramadan, you surely put our faith to the test,
O Ramadan, you have waken our soul,
O Ramadan, you have filled up that hole,
O Ramadan, wont you stay a little longer,
O Ramadan, you spiritually make me stronger
O Ramadan, you help me see so clear,
O Ramadan, I long to meet you each and every year,
O Ramadan let us not forget our past,
O Ramadan, for this could surely be our last,
O Ramadan, indeed you are our Noble guest,
O Ramadan, you put our hearts at rest,
O Ramadan, you contain the night of Badr,
O Ramadan, and the night of Qadr,
O Ramadan, how we will miss you so,
O Ramadan, return with blessings aflow.

A Reader on Eid al-Adha

The Ten Days of Dhu’l Hijja

The Ten Days of Dhu’l Hijja: Merits & Striving in Spiritual Works

The Complete Fiqh of Eid al-Adha

The Fiqh of Eid al-Fitr & Eid al-Adha

Does a Wife Have to Purchase Her Own Animal for Eid Slaughtering?

Can Qurbani (Udhiya) Be Done In a Different Country?

Can One Person Slaughter a Sacrificial Animal on the Behalf of Others on Eid in the Maliki School?

Is There a Difference of Opinion on Whether Slaughtering (Qurbani/Udhiya) is Necessary, and How Does One Deal With Years of Makeups?

Does One Have to do Udhiya/Qurbani for One’s Young Children?

Do I have to give 1/3 of the Sacrificial (Udhiya) Meat away in Charity?

What Do I Do if I Missed Slaughtering (Qurbani/Udhiya)?

Eid Prayer

Eid Prayer At A Masjid & Behind A Shafi`i


Fasting During the First Nine Days of Dhu’l Hijja

General Matters

Is Hugging on Eid an Innovation (Bid`a)?

Is It a Bid’a (Reprehensible Innovation) to Say “Jumu’a Mubarak” (Blessed Friday) to Other Muslims?

Shaykh Babikir: Eid Address – Eid al-Adha 1432 – Video

Shaykh Babikir: Eid Address – Eid al-Adha 1432 / 6.11.2011 [Part 1] – YouTube


Eid is a day on which the perfection of humanity is celebrated, and the unity of man is displayed. It is the day we stand together, greet one another and share from the same plate, whether we are black or white, rich or poor.

Part I:


Part II:



Excerpted from Shaykh Babikir’s Eid Address at London Central Mosque on 6.11.2011

Full podcast available now on ‘Seminars with a Spiritual Master’ as audio or video.


Shaykh Babikir

The Hajj Collection – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – Cambridge Khutbahs Etc

The Hajj Collection – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – Cambridge Khutbahs Etc

As we received so much positive feedback for our Ramadan Reader, please find below an assortment of resources that centre on the days of the Hajj and the festival of Eid-ul-Adha.

Talks and Lectures

Hajj: The Inward Spiral – A sermon exploring the deep significance of the Hajj, with its rites echoing in distant pre-eternity when all souls past present and future stood in witnessing before God.

The Purification of Hajj –  A striking khutba discussing the transformative qualities of yearly festival and ritual, moving beyond mere pageantry to times when our selves can be cleansed and elevated.

Sacrifice and Submission – An Eid-ul-Adha khutba drawing the parallel between the sacrifice that Abraham was commanded to make and the ones we have to make when clearing our lives of those obstacles in our lives barring us from the Divine.

Fathers and Sons and Hud and her Sisters – A pair of sermons that both centre on the House of Abraham, which of course feature so strongly and prominently in the origins and the significance of the Hajj.


Ten Good Manners for Hajj – A translation by the Sheikh from Imam Ghazali’s magisterial Ihya ulum ad-Din.

From Drury Lane to Makka – A moving account of the first recorded visit English Muslim to the Holy Sanctuary

Hajj: an inward journey – An article published in Emel magazine, exploring the idea that Hajj is a journey on different planes, the effects of which transcend space and even time.

Thought for the Day transcripts
21st January 2005 Hajj in full swing