If I need to sacrifice an animal, how do I arrange it?
Booths around Makkah and Mina have been set up by the Islamic Development Bank to facilitate buying coupons for slaughtering and distributing sacrificial animals.
The types of animals which may be sacrificed are camels, cows, sheep and goats.
A sheep or goat can be sacrificed on behalf of only one person; whereas, a cow or camel can be shared by seven people.
The age of the goat or sheep should be at least one year, the cow two and the camel at least five.
It is forbidden to sacrifice sick, crippled or wounded animals.
The pilgrim should say the following Du'aa when slaughtering the animal: "In the name of Allah and Allah is the Greatest. O Allah! This is from You and for You." The animal should be turned on its left side facing the Kaaba, but this is not a strict rule and is recommended practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
The one performing the sacrifice should eat a part of the meat and a portion should be distributed to the needy and the poor. The butcher should not be given any part of the animal in lieu of his wages, as it is meant for charity.