When you do your Qurbani & Udhiya with Islamic Relief, we make sure that the most vulnerable families are prioritized to receive the best quality meat.
Our teams work through countless hurdles to get your donation to the most remote and difficult to access areas including Myanmar, Palestine, Syria and Yemen.
Donations are closed for the season and will reopen in 2019.
Your Qurbani & Udhiya price includes all the costs. Livestock are pre-allocated and paid for, and must be hygienically and ethically treated. They are then sacrificed during the 10th – 13th days of Dhul Hijjah.
The meat is distributed fresh, chilled or frozen, according to what is appropriate for the dietary culture of the region. Each packet is 2-5 kilograms of meat and feeds a family of 4-8 people.
Because of you, our global Qurbani efforts meant that 2.9 million people in over 30 countries felt the joy of Eid last year.
Everyone deserves to enjoy Eid and feed their families just like we do.
Frequently Asked Questions
The words Qurbani or Udhiya or Zabiha in Arabic means a sacrifice done in an effort to come close to God, by readily sacrificing from our wealth and sharing our blessings with people in need.
The animals used are livestock animals, such as sheep, goats, cows and buffalo. The animals must be healthy, free from blindness and chronic sickness or disease or from any apparent ailment, and must be of a fit age. One whole sheep or goat, or one-seventh share of a cow or buffalo equals one Qurbani donation. The selection of animals depends on the availability of each region. Types of animals cannot be selected at the time of donation.
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 or canned 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.
To ensure the funds are distributed towards all those in need in the regions where we work, we don’t have the option of selecting a country. However, Qurbani & Udhiya is predetermined for all regions so those in need in the region of choice will be supported.
Beneficiaries selected to receive meat include widows, orphans, the destitute, the elderly, people with disabilities, refugees and disaster-affected populations—generally, people who cannot afford to buy meat often and whose diets are lacking in calories and nutrition. Many of the recipients of Qurbani/Udhiya donations live in remote areas which are typically inaccessible. This is why Islamic Relief makes every effort to reach them in order to provide aid to some of the most vulnerable communities.
Islamic Relief performs the Qurbani & Udhiya during the day of Eid al-Adha and the ensuing three days of Tashriq. However, under extreme circumstances, there may be exceptions due to factors such as the abundant number of Qurbani & Udhiya that need to be performed, or the volatile conditions on the ground in a particular country. In these cases, the Qurbani may be done after the fourth day of Eid, which is a practice that has been approved by scholars.
No, because of the vast number of requests during this season, this practice becomes impossible. This is similar to the practice of offering sacrifice while on Hajj. The scholars have approved the sacrifice without the names as long as the intention of the person was made. We suggest that you make the intention now.
Islamic Relief Canada recognizes the various opinions in the Islamic tradition, and welcomes all to fulfill this religious right in consultation with local scholars.
We accept orders up until the fourth day of Eid al-Adha. We pre purchase the animals and plan one year ahead of time. We also buy approximately 20% more animals, in order to fulfill all incoming requests.
Due to government limitations, we can only distribute Qurbani and Udhiya to locals in Bangladesh. However, your Qurbani and Udhiya donation through our Conflict Zones option can reach conflict-affected and Rohingya families in Myanmar. To help Rohingya refugees specifically in Bangladesh, as well as displaced communities in Myanmar, please donate through our Myanmar Emergency Appeal.
Yes! In honour of the birth of your newborn child, you can perform your Aqiqah by feeding some of the poorest families in Malawi for just $80. During the year, livestock are sacrificed on a quarterly basis and meat is distributed immediately to communities in need.
Please note: For all Aqiqah donations given from June 1 – August 31, sacrifices will be fulfilled during the days of Eid Al-Adha in any of the countries listed for the Africa Region option for Qurbani & Udhiya.
Islamic Relief also takes Aqiqah donations. In honour of the birth of your newborn child, you can perform your Aqiqah by feeding some of the poorest families in Ethiopia for just $105.
Livestock are sacrificed on a quarterly basis and meat is distributed immediately to communities in need.
How does all this work?
You start by simply picking a region, and our teams make sure that the most vulnerable families are prioritized.
Our offices pre-arrange and pay for all livestock ahead of time.
Livestock must be healthy, and hygienically and ethically treated
Animals are sourced locally whenever possible, to support the local economy.
Your Qurbani & Udhiya price includes all costs.
Animals are sacrificed on the 10th – 13th of Dhul Hijjah.
Meat is immediately distributed to people prioritized by need.