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If Qurbani is not possible?
Question: If a person living in a foreign country,
is not able to do Qurbani, can he donate money equivalent to the price
of a sheep or goat, to an Islamic organization which claims that it will
perform Qurbani on the donors behalf and distribute the meat
to needy Muslims?
Answer: The answer to your question is in the
affirmative. Whenever it is not possible to carry out a prescribed form
of worship in its required shape and manner due to some legitimate
reason, it should be done so in whatever way possible so that one is
able to carry out one’s responsibility even as a token.
For example, if a person is not able to say his prayers while
standing, he should do so while sitting or, even lying down
if he is not even able to sit. Similarly, if carrying out ablution (wudhu#)
is in not possible, for a person he should do tayammum. Likewise, if one
is not able to sacrifice an animal, he can do what you have proposed.
This is the beauty of our religion. It does not
impose undue restrictions on us nor does it compel us to carry out
directives which in certain circumstances are not possible to obey.