In the countries that Africa Relief Fund (ARF) works, many poor people struggle to eat one proper meal a day. Including meat in their diets is a luxury that most do not enjoy. In 2015, we launched our Qurbani project to help address food poverty in the Horn of Africa. Every year, during Eid ul-Adha, ARF’s Qurbani distribution provides for families across Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Gambia and Zimbabwe. We provide Qurbani meat parcels, enabling people to celebrate Eid with a meat meal.
Last year alone, ARF donated Qurbani meat to 1500 families in Somalia, 500 families in Ethiopia, 400 in Djibouti and 150 families in Zimbabwe.
While ordering your Qurbani, please be sure to select the country you want your Qurbani to be performed in, and the animal/portion of animal you want to donate.
Qurbani is the tradition of sacrificing an animal (sheep, goat, cow or camel) on Eid-ul-Adha for Allah, and distributing at least a third of the meat to needy people. Qurbani is mandatory on every adult Muslim, of sound mind, who qualifies to pay Zakat. Muslims are assured of receiving abundant rewards for their sacrifice, and for donating its meat to the needy.
Through Qurbani, people who normally cannot afford it, can eat meat on this day. According to the conditions of Qurbani, one third of the sacrificial meat can be used for one’s own purposes and the second third can be given to friends and family. However, many Muslims prefer to donate all of their Qurbani meat to the poor.
People usually make their Qurbani donation during the first ten days of Dul-Hajj, but ARF accepts donations any time before. Regardless of when you prefer to make your Qurbani donation, your sacrifice will be performed, in the country of your choice, on Eid-ul-Adha (the 10th of Dul-Hajj) after the Eid Salaah, or on the days following Eid. Thereafter, the meat will be processed and packaged. It will be distributed to the most needy and vulnerable, especially widows, orphans and the elderly.
Donate your Qurbani through ARF now, and be assured that your sacrifice is reaching those who need it the most.
The word ‘Qurbani‘ is derived from the Arabic word, ‘Qurb’ which means ‘nearness’. This implies that we perform Qurbani because we want to get closer to Allah. We can do this by making sure our intention is sincere, to reflect on the reasons Allah has made Qurbani obligatory, and to be conscious of Allah while we perform Qurbani. Our Qurbani should also reflect the devotion of Ibrahim (AS) in submitting to Allah’s will, which we should try and emulate.
There is beautiful Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) that we should be encouraged to follow. While performing his own Qurbani, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would offer a second sacrifice on behalf of someone from his Ummah who could not afford Qurbani. This is often referred to as ‘Prophetic Qurbani’ and was a Sunnah that many Sahaba followed as well.
Why not double your sacrifice and rewards, this Eid ul-Adha? Revive a forgotten Sunnah by donating two animals through ARF, instead of one. Your donations will brighten the Eid of people who have not tasted meat in months.