QURBANI / UDHIYAH
لِّيَشْهَدُو 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. ❞
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!
ABOUT THE ANIMALS
|Afghanistan: cow||Albania: cow||Bangladesh: cow||Bosnia: cow|
|Chad: cow/bull||Chechnya: cow||Ethiopia: sheep/goat||India: sheep/goat|
|Indonesia: cow||Iraq: sheep||Jordan: sheep||Kenya: sheep/goat|
|Kosovo: cow/sheep||Lebanon: cow/sheep||Lesotho: cow||Macedonia: cow|
|Malawi: goat/cow||Mali: cow||Myanmar: cow||Nepal: buffalo|
|Niger: cow||Pakistan: cow/bull||Palestine: bull||Philippines: cow/bull|
|Somalia: sheep/goat||South Africa: cow/bull||South Sudan: bull||Sri Lanka: cow|
|Sudan: bull||Syrian Refugees: sheep||Tunisia: 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.
ISLAMIC RELIEF USA SHARES MEAT ON EID
A SPECIAL TREAT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER
There are few things that Shamset feels more proud of than her family and rising early at dawn to support them through her work as a street cleaner. Her days are long, difficult, and filled with worry. At 40 years old, being a wife and mother of five has made finding adequate food for her family a challenge in Chechnya.
“Alhamdullilah, we have our own house, but our living standard is low. I am paid very little for my work and our family has no other income. Before I bought products in debt in the neighboring shop, but now the owner changed his rules because people did not pay in time and I have no way out,” Shamset said.
CASE STUDIES & NEWS
Qurbani | 2019
Islamic Relief USA has distributed Qurbani / Udhiyah meat on behalf of donors for many years. We work with partner offices around the world, who buy and prepare the meat locally and ensure that it goes to people who qualify as truly in need. Staff at Islamic Relief offices around the world work hard right through Eid to deliver your gift even in hard-to-reach areas and conflict zones. Our program uses 100% halal meat. Meat is sourced locally whenever possible, to support the local economy. It is distributed fresh whenever possible, though in difficult situations like conflict zones, we may send frozen meat so it can arrive to the recipients in good condition. All logistics—from sacrifice to transportation—are handled in accordance with Islamic principles, and with the best hygienic practices possible….