HMC urges all in UK to avoid ordering lamb for Qurbani due to age criteria

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As the Qurbani season fast approaches many Muslims across the globe will be following in the traditions of Prophet Ibrahim AS in carrying out the sacrifice of an animal for the sake of Almighty Allah.

HMC will be taking responsibility to assuring the Qurbani is done according to Islamic rules.

This year, one major complication has arisen in the UK for those intending to carry out their Qurbani in this country. 

Many in our community choose ‘lamb’ as their choice of animal for Qurbani due to the taste. 

However, this year, and for the following few years, majority of the lambs will not meet the condition of being 12 months in age (this is one of the conditions of Qurbani, or the animal should be a minimum of 6 Months old and look like 12 months old). This complication is due to the lambing season being March/April in 2020 and most lambs will be barely 6 months old.

For this reason, HMC is strongly encouraging all consumers to order sheep/mutton for Qurbani. We have also advised shops and slaughterhouses to order sheep for Qurbani to ensure the Qurbani rules are followed.

HMC is not in a position to check the age of animals at the slaughterhouses and therefore will not be taking responsibility for anyone who orders lambs. Any customer or shop that orders lambs, the responsibility for the age of the animal will be with the customer/shop/slaughterhouse. 

Order your sheep/mutton from a HMC butcher near you. Click here to find your nearest HMC certified butchery.


HMC is the UK’s largest Halal certifying body, employing over 220 people. Last month alone, HMC staff spent 14,448 hours to ensure your food is genuinely Halal with 15,488 visits made to outlets nationwide. It is a registered charity and also a not for profit organisation. It is overseen by a voluntary body, the National Executive Committee that consists of mainly scholars who are the Trustees of the organisation. HMC has been set up to work in the favour of all Muslims and the consumer at large. HMC aims to regulate and at every point inspect Halal products from source to the consumer. HMC is committed to serving the Muslims and the wider community and it intends to provide peace of mind and security where required.

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