Can we give all our Udhiyah/Qurbani to poor people and not eat from it?

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Eid al Adha Udhiya/Qurbani meat distribution can be divided into three equal portions. One-third for the Qurbani performer, one-third for your family and friends, and one-third for the poor.

These are recommended distributions and you can donate the whole animal to the poor and needy.

Imam An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

With regard to eating from it, it is mustahabb and not obligatory. This is our view and the view of all the scholars, apart from what was narrated from some of the earlier generations, that they regarded it as obligatory to eat from it, because of the apparent meaning of this hadith which enjoins eating from it, in addition to the verse in which Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “eat thereof” [al-Hajj 22:36]. However, the majority interpreted this command as meaning that it is recommended or permitted to eat from it. End quote from Sharh Saheeh Muslim (13/131).

Imam Ibn Qudaamah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

If he gives all of it in charity, or most of it, that is permissible. End quote from al-Mughni (13/380)


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