Aid Group Commemorates Muslim 'Festival of the Feast' by Distributing

BURBANK, CA (January 6, 2006) – ‘Udhiyah’ or ‘Qurbani’ is an Islamic religious

practice performed at the time of Eid al-Adha (the 10th day of the Islamic

month of Dhul al-Hijjah)  – the “Festival of the Feast” – involving the sacrifice

of an animal. The event commemorates the sacrifice that Prophet Abraham

(peace be upon him) made to God to show his devotion and commitment to

Him. The event falls during the yearly Muslim pilgrimage, the Hajj.

Eid al-Adha is a day of celebration and remembrance of God. Not all,

however, are in a position to enjoy this day, and it is the duty of the more

fortunate amongst us to help those less fortunate. Islamic Relief performs

Udhiyah/Qurbani on behalf of its donors and distributes the meat to the

needy, so that everyone can celebrate this special day together.

Islamic Relief will distribute Udhiyah meat to the needy in 25 countries this

year, including the United States. This year’s beneficiaries include victims of

recent humanitarian crises such as the Pakistan earthquake, the West African

food crisis in Niger and Mali, and the tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

In addition to distbribution of meat internationally, this year, Islamic Relief is

also distrbuting meat to beneficiaries in Detroit, MI. In conjunction with the

Islamic Shura Council of Michigan, Islamic Relief will distribute sacrificed meat

to the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan as well as

inner-city Islamic centers in Detroit.

Islamic Relief’s seasonal projects such as Udhiyah/Qurbani and the Ramadan

feeding program benefit over 1.5 million people worldwide.

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