Countdown to the last day of Eid al-Adha 2018

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.   

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


*$65 minimum donation required in order to fulfill at least one Qurbani for the 2018 season.



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 70 pounds (cow/bull/buffalo) of fresh meat, which in turn feeds about 5 to 10 families*. If you would like to purchase an entire cow or bull, 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 2018 season. 

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 Lebanon: cow Lesotho: cow Macedonia: cow
Malawi: goat/cow Mali: cow Myanmar: cow/goat Nepal: buffalo
Niger: cow Pakistan: cow 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.

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


*$65 minimum donation required in order to fulfill at least one Qurbani for the 2018 season.




Mohammad is a young father in Myanmar who struggles to provide for his wife and baby. After his father died, he took on the care of his mother and three older sisters too.

He earns about $3 a day as a laborer — when he can find work.

“I want to feed my family delicious foods,” he said. “We want to eat meat sometimes, but we rarely do.”





Case Studies


Qurbani | 2018

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….


IRUSA 2018 Qurbani DR.