Qurbani 2014: Sharing a taste of Eid joy

Aim: To provide Qurbani meat to food-insecure families and enable them to share in the joy of the Eid festival.

Every year, during the festival of Eid-ul-Adha, Islamic Relief distributes meat among poor communities following the traditional sacrifice of an animal. For many people, it is the only meat they will have eaten all year.

Islamic Relief Waqf contributes to this global project, known as Qurbani or Udhiyah, by performing a sacrifice every year on behalf of each donor who has a share in Qurbani Waqf.

In 2014, Waqf supported 200 Qurbanis in Malawi, Niger, and Bangladesh, reaching 5,000 people living in poverty.

Bangladesh

For families living hand-to-mouth, Eid can be a time of sadness rather than joy if they are unable to honor the occasion like everyone else.

“It is the same as any other day to me,” explained Jahanara Begum, a 47-year-old day labourer and mother of five from Bapary Kandi village in Chandpur, Bangladesh. “If Allah gives, I might buy a small amount of chicken for my family. With my small income, I can’t feed the kids properly.”

Jahanara picks peppers for Tk20 (£0.16 or $0.26) a day but at season’s end the work becomes scarce. “Then sometimes we eat and sometimes we starve,” she said. “On this Eid day the parcel of meat brought joy to my family – I cannot express it. This meat will be cooked for the children and help create a little festive atmosphere at home.”

Malawi

Laije Masamba (above, centre right) is a 32-year-old single mother of six from Njika village in the Machinga district of Malawi. The qurbani meat she received was a welcome addition to the family’s Eid celebrations. “I have a small garden where I plant maize but this is not enough to feed my family,” said Laije. “My children suffer from malnutrition and often get sick. The meat we received today will help us to have good meals for 3 days.”

Niger

Mariama Oumarou (above, left) is a 48-year old widowed mother of seven from Banga Bana in Niamey, Niger. She sells fruit for a living and has struggled to make ends meet since her husband died. Eid-ul-Adha is a community celebration in Mariama’s village. “It is a blessed day in which people slaughter animals, fry, and share pieces of meat, especially with poor folks. It is a day of mercy,” she explains. “This year I received Qurbani meat from Islamic Relief. It is an opportunity that does not knock at the door every day! I will share the meat with my family and make my children happy!”

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