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About Qurbani
Every year Islamic Relief distributes Qurbani parcels to millions of people around the world. About the Festival of Sacrifice.

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Qurbani Prices 2010
How much does it cost to provide a family with meat this Eid?


Hanan overwhelmed with emotions during her talk with Islamic Relief EgyptFruit and breadcrumbs
“We would like to eat fruits but they are very expensive,” said Hanan from Egypt. Read about how your Qurbani helped her last Eid-ul-Adha.

Tackling hunger with meat
“We don’t have enough, but by struggling we are able to survive.” Read about Santou, from Niger, whose family lives hand-to-mouth.

Prayer and rain
“I believe Eid is a very special day for every single one of us- rich or poor,” said Nurit. Read about how you made Eid special for Nurit last year.

Sharing Eid in Sri Lanka
Mira’s home was destroyed in the Tsunami and he relies on support from his community to survive. Last year, Islamic Relief donors provided Mira with a Qurbani meat package during Eid-ul-Adha.


Halal Canned Meat

About Qurbani

Qurbani means sacrifice. Every year during the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world slaughter a goat, sheep, cow or camel, echoing the Prophet Ibrahim’s (pbuh) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael (pbuh), for the sake of God.

At least one third of the meat must go to poor or vulnerable people who struggle to feed themselves. Traditionally, a Muslim would keep one third of the meat for his family and give the final third to their neighbours.

The significance of Qurbani

The practice of Qurbani can be traced back to the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) who dreamt that God ordered him to sacrifice his only son, Ismail (pbuh). In his devotion to God, Ibrahim agreed to follow his dream and perform the sacrifice, but God intervened at the last minute and sent a ram in Ismail’s place. The continued practice of sacrifice acts as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to God.

Eid ul-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated during the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, known as Dhul Hijjah, which translates as ‘Lord of the Pilgrimage’. It is during this month that pilgrims travel to Mecca in order to visit the Kaaba. Hajj is performed on the eighth, ninth and tenth days of the month. Eid ul-Adha begins on the tenth and ends on the 13th. In 2010, Eid is taking place on the 16th November.

Fresh Qurbani

Most of Islamic Relief’s Qurbani distributions consist of fresh meat, which is purchased from local suppliers in order to benefit the local economy.

Islamic Relief and Qurbani

IR has been carrying out Qurbani projects since 1986. In 2009 over 70,000 IR Qurbani’s were performed, benefitting over 2 million people in more than 25 countries.

The meat is distributed fresh, frozen or canned, depending on factors such as cost and availability, though the majority of countries receive fresh meat.

Those who receive the Qurbani include people who are widowed, orphaned, poor, elderly, disabled and refugees, as well as those who have affected by disasters. For the majority of these people, meat is not part of their regular diet. The IR Qurbani pack enables them to celebrate this important occasion along with millions of other Muslims across the world.

Help some of the world’s poorest people celebrate Eid-ul-Adha by paying for your Qurbani today.