لِّيَشْهَدُو مَنَافِعَ لَهُمْ وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ عَلَىٰ مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ ۖ فَكُلُوا مِنْهَا وَأَطْعِمُوا الْبَائِسَ الْفَقِيرَ
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).
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.
“Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” (108:2)
“It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.” (22:37)
Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (RA) said:
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah 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)
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 10 and 20 families in need with one, single donation, masha’Allah. They get the meat … you get the reward!
The animals used are an’am animals, such as sheep, goats, cows, and buffalo. The animals must be healthy and 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) of fresh meat, which in turn feeds about five to ten families.*
If you would like to purchase an entire cow or bull, you would multiply the price and the number of families served by seven. Here are the types of animals that will be provided during the 2018 season:
|Afghanistan: cow||Albania: cow||Bangladesh: cow||Bosnia: cow|
|Chad: cow/bull||Chechnya: cow||Ethiopia: sheep/goat||India: sheep/goat|
|Indonesia: cow||Iraq: sheep||Jordan: sheep||Kenya: sheep/goat|
|Kosovo: cow||Lebanon: cow||Lesotho: cow||Macedonia: cow|
|Malawi: goat/cow||Mali: cow||Myanmar: cow/goat||Nepal: buffalo|
|Niger: cow||Pakistan: cow||Palestine: bull||Philippines: cow/bull|
|Somalia: sheep/goat||South Africa: cow/bull||South Sudan: bull||Sri Lanka: cow|
|Sudan: bull||Syrian Refugees: sheep||Tunisia: sheep||United States: sheep|
|Yemen: goat||Zimbabwe: goat|
*Poundage and number of families served are calculations based on approximations, and may vary during specific distributions.
Mohammad is a young father in Myanmar who struggles to provide for his wife and baby. After his father died, he took on the care of his mother and three older sisters too.
He earns about $3 a day as a laborer — when he can find work.
“I want to feed my family delicious foods,” he said. “We want to eat meat sometimes, but we rarely do.”
Islamic Relief USA has distributed Qurbani / Udhiyah meat on behalf of donors for many years. We work with partner offices around the world, who buy and prepare the meat locally and ensure that it goes to people who qualify as truly in need. Staff at Islamic Relief offices around the world work hard right through Eid to deliver your gift even in hard-to-reach areas and conflict zones. Our program uses 100% halal meat. Meat is sourced locally whenever possible, to support the local economy. It is distributed fresh whenever possible, though in difficult situations like conflict zones, we may send frozen meat so it can arrive to the recipients in good condition. All logistics—from sacrifice to transportation—are handled in accordance with Islamic principles, and with the best hygienic practices possible….