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Qurban in Indonesia.

Qurbān (Arabic: قربان) (or أضحية Udhiyyah as referred to in Islamic Law) is usually a word used for the sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid-ul-Adha. The word is related to the Hebrew qorbān "offering"[1] and Syriac qurbānā "sacrifice", etymologised through the cognate Arabic triliteral as "a way or means of approaching someone" or "nearness".[2] Other appropriate terms are Dhabihah and Nahar. A fourth term Zabah refers to normal Islamic slaughter outside the days of Udhiyah.


The term is also used for those who have been martyred.[citation needed][clarification needed]

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  1. ^ Vine, Vine. Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index. Thomas Nelson (publisher). p. 513. 
  2. ^ Ambros, Arne Amadeus. 2004. A Concise Dictionary of Koranic Arabic. Wiesbaden: Reichert. p. 222 [Q-R-B]