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.