Udhiyah (also referred to as Qurbani) marks the end of Hajj (pilgrimage), and is a time to reflect upon the significance of sacrifice with the Islamic tradition. Muslims observe Udhiyah/Qurbani by sharing meat with the less fortunate. For many people around the world, meat means nutrition—calories and nutrients they cannot get from any other food. It also means celebration—it is an expensive treat that is enjoyed mainly on special occasions.
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When you send your Udhiyah/Qurbani donation to communities in need, you are sharing something truly special with them. Islamic Relief donors annually provide meat to impoverished communities during Udhiyah/Qurbani. The Islamic Relief program uses 100% halal meat. Meat is sourced locally whenever possible to support the community’s economy. It is distributed fresh whenever possible, but depending on the conditions on the ground, Islamic Relief may send frozen or canned meat so it can arrive to the recipients in good condition. A single Udhiyah/Qurbani goes a long way—it can feed up to seven needy people! Here’s more on how it helps.
In 2014, IRUSA committed $2.6 million for Udhiyah/Qurbani programs in 26 countries around the world. Your donations insha’Allah help make that happen. That means nutritious and healthy meals for thousands in need, and for the first time ever, this past season in 2014, IRUSA donors helped deliver fresh, locally procured meat inside Syria and inside Gaza. So, not only does your purchase go to feed families in need, but it also helps stimulate the livelihood of local farmers. ALHAMDULILLAH!