BUENA PARK, CA (December 16, 2006) – As the annual pilgrimage season of Hajj approaches, Muslims prepare to celebrate one of Islam’s two major holidays by sacrificing an animal following in the example of Prophet Abraham. This year, Islamic Relief will be distributing the meat in California and Michigan, in addition to 30 other countries around the world to share the blessings with those in need and help fulfill a religious obligation.
Udhiyah/Qurbani is an Islamic religious practice performed at the time of Eid al-Adha (the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah) involving the slaughtering of an animal; usually a sheep, goat, or cow. Muslims believe that Eid al-Adha is a day of celebration and remembrance of God Almighty.
Not all of us, however, are in a position to enjoy this day. Islamic Relief collects funds from donors, and performs Udhiyah/Qurbani on their behalf and distributes the meat to the needy. For many of the beneficiaries, this is the only time of the year they are able to eat meat.
Meat Distribution in California and Michigan
In the United States this year, Islamic Relief has expanded its food distribution project to two new locations. In addition to serving the needy in the greater Detroit, MI area for the second year in a row, Islamic Relief will also be distributing food in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Last year’s successful pilot program in Michigan served over 12,000 pounds of meat to the less fortunate in partnership with the Islamic Shura Council of Michigan and the Gleaners Food Bank.
Islamic Relief has expanded this annual meat distribution project to 31 countries this year, which will help feed over 1.5 million people during the holiday season.