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Udhiyah | Qurbani Islamic Relief A Worldwide Leader in Alleviating Poverty

Udhiyah/Qurbani is an Islamic tradition that honors the sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him. Islamic Relief USA’s friends recently shared their thoughts and beliefs regarding the Islamic season of sacrifice.

“[I give] to help the poor and the needy. It’s about love to your brother and sister.” Chessy Azwar – Golden, Co

This season of sacrifice, you can help provide meat for a poor and needy family. Donate today.

“I am not Muslim, but I give because it is right...regardless of the reason.� Nomorevestige, via the Islamic Relief USA blog

A little sacrifice can go a long way. Donate today.

“For a lot of people it is the one time of the year they actually get to eat meat.” Amina Miah – Alexandria, VA

Help provide nutritious meals for impoverished families. Share your Udhiyah/ Qurbani today.

“We must always consider and help those less fortunate than ourselves.� Marc Smierciak, via Facebook

Ten children die every minute from hunger. Act now to help save lives.

“Qurbani renews our sense of sacrifice and giving.” Nida Khan – Woodbridge, VA

You don’t have to give Udhiyah/Qurbani to help save lives. Donate to where it’s most needed.

What is Udhiyah/Qurbani?

Every Eid al-Adha, millions of Muslims celebrate the faith, humility and devotion displayed by Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, and fulfill the religious obligation of Udhiyah/Qurbani. When Ibrahim (pbuh) received a revelation to sacrifice his son Ismail, they both entrusted

themselves to Allah. In exercising this uncompromised faith, Allah replaced Ismail with a ram. Muslims sacrifice an animal on Eid day in commemoration of this supreme display of faith, sharing a portion of the meat with the less fortunate.

In reference to Udhiyah/Qurbani, the beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Udhiyah/Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgment with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart.� (Related in the Hadith book of Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah)

Why give Udhiyah/Qurbani through Islamic Relief USA? Every year, Islamic Relief provides hundreds of thousands of people with Udhiyah/Qurbani meat on behalf of generous donors around the world. In 2009, more than two million people benefitted from Islamic Relief ’s Udhiyah/Qurbani distributions, including vulnerable families here in the United States.

Quick Facts • You can share your Udhiyah/Qurbani with vulnerable people in more than two dozen countries through Islamic Relief • Islamic Relief’s Udhiyah/Qurbani meat is 100% halal certified, and conducted during the three days of Eid al-Adha • Meat is sourced locally to support the local economy and distributed fresh, when available • One Udhiyah/Qurbani can feed seven families, or up to 40 people

Domestic Udhiyah/Qurbani Islamic Relief USA also organizes Udhiyah/ Qurbani meat distributions right here in the United States. With more than 43 million Americans living in poverty (the country’s biggest poor population in history), every little bit helps. Each year, Islamic Relief USA coordinates Udhiyah/Qurbani distributions in cities across the nation, helping share the joy of Eid with our neighbors.

Canned Udhiyah/Qurbani In conflict zones like Iraq and Palestine, Islamic Relief provides canned meat.

Benefits of Canning • No meat is wasted • Cans have a shelf-life of four years

This way, the meat has a longer shelf-life and can reach people who would not receive Udhiyah/ Qurbani meat otherwise.

• Meat is precooked and ready to eat • Canning is hygienic • Cans are easy to transport in areas of conflict • Cans can be distributed in areas where livestock is not available

“I feel like it’s a way of showing my gratitude to Allah.” Aamna Anwer - Hickory Hills, IL

Share the joy of Eid with the less fortunate. Donate today.

Many who benefit from Islamic Relief’s Udhiyah/Qurbani program rarely eat nutritious food, let alone meat. Their gratitude is not only expressed in their smiles and thanks, but some even shared their stories with our field workers.

“I had forgotten the taste of meat because I had not had any for many months.” Bibi Amina, Afghanistan

“The [Udhiyah/Qurbani] meat package is a blessing for us...We would not have had meat on Eid day if it was not for Islamic Relief.” Zahra, Egypt

“The [Udhiyah/Qurbani] package is something very helpful to my entire life, it gives me a short sense of feeling like others who have the means to buy meat and it also enables me to eat meat of good quality.” Mamadou Kouyate, Mali

“We marinate the meat with salt and spices so it will last long. Most people around here do the same as we can keep the meat for two days. We hope those who have sent it live happy.” Mohammadi, India

“Islamic Relief never forgets us with their support by food boxes... We separate it in a few parts and cook with it once every week so it can be enough to last us for around one month and a half.” Aishe, Kosova

This Eid al-Adha, a small sacrifice can bring joy to a hungry child and his or her family.

To offer Udhiyah/Qurbani, please see the included form for a list of countries and prices. To offer Udhiyah/Qurbani via phone, call (877) 233-9384

Please donate generously.

Islamic Relief USA is listed in the catalog of Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area – a charity program for federal employees.

To offer Udhiyah/Qurbani online, visit

For the seventh year in a row, Islamic Relief USA has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the United States, indicating that, “Islamic Relief outperforms most charities in America.”

Please Note: Islamic Relief will perform the Udhiyah/ Qurbani for the country the donor has selected. In the event a donation arrives late or for other circumstances, Islamic Relief reserves the right to allocate the Udhiyah/Qurbani donation to a different country.

Qurbani mailer brochure  

A brochure that accompanied a mailer campaign in October 2010.

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