The Power of Your Donation

“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.”
– The Holy Qur’an, 22:28

The first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah are the most sacred days of the year, loved by Allah (SWT). By giving to Islamic Relief, you can reap the rewards of this blessed month and serve those in need. Not only do you fulfill the charitable obligations Allah has set for us, but you also help relieve some of the burden that struggling families face.

THE STORY

THE ANIMALS

THE IMPACT

THE HOW

The Story

An Important Islamic Tradition

1. Qurbani/Udhiyah 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).” (The Holy Qur’an, 108:2)

“It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.” (The Holy Qur’an, 22:37)

4. It’s in the Sunnah.

Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (RA) said:
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah 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 5 and 10 families in need with one, single donation, masha’Allah. They get the meat … you get the reward!

The Animals

Healthy and Halal

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/ox) 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 were provided during the 2022 season.

 

REGION COUNTRY ANIMAL
Africa Ethiopia 1 donation = 1 sheep or goat
Africa Kenya 1 donation – 1 sheep or goat
Africa Malawi 1 donation = 1 goat or 1/7 of a cow
Africa Mali 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Africa Niger 1 donation = 1 sheep or 1/7 of a cow
Africa Somalia 1 donation = 1 sheep or goat
Africa South Africa 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow or bull
Africa South Sudan 1 donation = 1/7 of a bull
Africa Sudan 1 donation = 1/7 of a bull
Asia Afghanistan 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Asia Bangladesh 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Asia Indonesia 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Asia Nepal 1 donation = 1 goat or 1/7 of a buffalo
Asia Pakistan 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow or bull
Asia Philippines 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow or bull
Asia Sri Lanka 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Europe Albania 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Europe Bosnia 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Europe Kosovo 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Europe Macedonia 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Americas USA 1 donation = 1 sheep or 1/7 of a cow
Middle East Iraq 1 donation = 1 sheep
Middle East Jordan 1 donation = 1 sheep
Middle East Lebanon 1 donation = 1/7 of a cow
Middle East Palestine 1 donation = 1/7 of a bull
Middle East Syria 1 donation = 1 sheep or 1/7 of a cow
Middle East Tunisia 1 donation = 1 sheep
Middle East Turkey 1 donation = 1 sheep or 1/7 of a cow
Middle East Yemen 1 donation = 1 sheep or goat or 1/7 of an ox
*Poundage and number of families served are calculations based on approximations, and may vary during specific distributions. Please note: Global Qurbani/Udhiyah funds as well as those for certain countries may be used to provide for refugee families. In addition, IRUSA’s Qurbani program is seasonal, and only available now through Eid al-Adha–as such monthly giving options are not available. In the event your donation arrives late or is delayed due to other, unforeseen circumstances, or if the commitment of Qurbani in the country you selected has already been fulfilled, Islamic Relief reserves the right to allocate your donation to a different country in need.

The Impact

The Islamic Tradition that Feeds Those in Need and Helps Beyond

Qurbani+

Qurbani+ (Plus) is an initiative that seeks to increase the income of families by partnering with them in an Islamic microfinance livelihood project connected to Eid al-Adha.

Here’s how it works: The head of an orphaned family, usually a mother or grandparent, receives three animals from Islamic Relief up to six months before the Qurbani season. As the time of Qurbani nears, the fattened animals are sold at market prices to our Qurbani Program, which generates a profit. This profit is shared between Islamic Relief and the families at a predefined and agreed upon ratio. The family is provided with enough money for their household needs and other costs, and Islamic Relief is able to reinvest our share into other income-generating activities so even more people can benefit. All the fattened animals are then made part of the Qurbani distribution for Eid al-Adha to provide the best quality meat for vulnerable people.

So, through Qurbani+, not only does the best quality Qurbani meat reach the most vulnerable people on Eid, but you also help widows and orphaned families break the cycle of poverty! For the 2022 season, donors were able to fulfill Qurbani for Mali, Niger, or Sudan this year AND support these livelihood efforts for next year’s Eid al-Adha: It’s a win-win!

Stories from the Ground

Salimata's Story

Salimata, a widow and mother of eight from Mali, is one of many people that your donations reached during Qurbani last year. She grows and sells vegetables to earn a living and support not only her immediate family, but her extended family as well. Her four eldest sons also work to support the family, but even that is not enough.

“Because of the conflict in the north, the price of animals is increasing in the market.  Eating meat is a rare occasion in my family. We cannot afford to eat meat anymore. The price is too expensive. All our money is spent on food and we can only afford to buy millet and sorghum. If these high prices continue, it will be a disaster. Meat is so precious in our community, we consider it “the red gold.”

Islamic Relief was able to provide Salimata and her family with the gift of meat for Eid so that they may enjoy this blessed holiday.

“This meat pack is a blessing for me and my family. It will help to enjoy our Eid, as we cannot afford to buy Qurbani. This meat pack will go a long way with so many mouths to feed, and it is enough to feed us for a few days. It’s been so long since we’ve had meat, I know this will put a smile on my children and grandchildren’s faces. I thank Islamic Relief and its donors for their generosity. I’m hoping that next year we can receive the same blessings. I pray Allah to bless them more than enough and grant them the highest place in Jannah. Eid Mubarak to all of them.”

How Your Donations Worked in 2021

Qurbani/Udhiyah 2022 Donor Report

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