يَشْهَدُوا مَنَافِعَ لَهُمْ وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ عَلَىٰ مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ ۖ فَكُلُوا مِنْهَا وَأَطْعِمُوا الْبَائِسَ الْفَقِيرَ

“That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of cattle. So eat of them and feed the poor.” Qur’an 22:28

The  Story

The important Islamic tradition

1. Udhiyah / Qurbani is the tradition of sharing meat with your family and with the poor at the end of the Hajj season, at Eid al-Adha.

Udhiyah is an Arabic word and Qurbani is an Urdu/Persian word derived from Arabic. They both connote the meaning of sacrifice, or an act done for the pleasure of Allah (SWT).

2. It’s about the story of Prophet Ibrahim, his son Prophet Ismail, and the ram that replaced Ismail (peace be upon them).

Prophet Ibrahim dreamed he was sacrificing his beloved son Ismail (peace be upon them). He asked his son what he thought. Young Ismail said, “Do as you are commanded.” But when they went to do the hardest thing they could imagine doing, Allah replaced Ismail with a ram. They had passed the test—they were willing to give up what they loved most. We commemorate their sacrifice with a financial sacrifice ourselves—buying an animal or the prepared meat, and sharing it with the poor.

 3. It’s in the Quran.

“Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” (108:2)
“It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.” (22:37)

4. It’s in the Sunnah.

Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (RA) said:
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stayed in Madinah for 10 years, offering sacrifice (every year on Eid).” (Ahmad and Tirmidhi)

Al-Baraa’ ibn ‘Aazib (RA) said the Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Whoever offers a sacrifice after the prayer has completed his rituals (of Eid) and has followed the way of the Muslims.” (Al-Bukhari)

 5. It’s a great blessing when you share the meat with people in need!

The people you can send meat to through Islamic Relief USA rarely get the treat of meat. Some haven’t had any since they received this gift last Eid al-Adha. Your gift is huge to them. And each donation you make has an impact in the fight against hunger: You can feed between 10 and 20 families in need with one, single donation, masha’Allah. They get the meat … you get the reward!

A Universal Message of Sacrifice and Love: An Imam, A Reverend, A Rabbi

THE ANIMALS

ABOUT THE ANIMALS

The animals used are an’aam animals, such as sheep, goats, cows and buffalo. The animals must be healthy, free from blindness and chronic sickness or disease or from any apparent ailment, and must be of a fit age.

When you donate “1 Qurbani,” your donation equals one sheep or goat OR 1/7 of a cow, bull or buffalo—your donation can provide about 50 pounds (sheep/goat) to 100 pounds (cow/bull/buffalo) of fresh meat, which in turn feeds about 10 to 20 families respectively*. If you’d like to purchase an entire cow, for instance, you would multiply the price and the number of families served by 7. Here are the types of animals that will be provided during the 2017 season. 

Afghanistan:  cow Albania: cow Bangladesh: cow Bosnia: cow
Chad:  cow Chechnya: cow Ethiopia: sheep/goat India: buffalo/goat
Indonesia:  cow Iraq: sheep Jordan: sheep Kenya: sheep/goat
Kosovo: cow Lebanon: sheep Malawi: sheep Mali: cow
Myanmar: goat Niger: cow Pakistan: cow Palestine: sheep
Somalia: sheep South Africa: sheep South Sudan: cow Sri Lanka: cow
Syria: sheep Uganda: sheep United States: sheep Yemen: goat
Zimbabwe: goat

 

*Poundage and number of families served are calculations based on approximations, and may vary during specific distributions.

Check out these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about your Qurbani/Udhiyah giving.

THE IMPACT

ISLAMIC RELIEF USA SHARES MEAT ON EID

A SPECIAL TREAT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER

When Em Abdo received a bag of meat for the Eid al-Adha holiday last year, it meant much more than a bag of groceries.

Em Abdo and her children were spending Eid amid dust and trees in a Syrian camp for displaced families. Gone were the days when she could buy them new clothes for Eid and take them somewhere fun. It didn’t feel much like a holiday.

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