Qurbani 2011

    Eid al-Adha is a time of rejoicing and feasting for most of us. But for tens of millions of people around the world the day will be spent much the same as any other, without food, shelter or security.

    According to the United Nations, close to one billion people remain undernourished. Some 1.35 billion survive on less than $1.25 or £0.80 per day. In many places such as Somalia natural disasters have compounded the grinding poverty.

    "None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself” said the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in a famous hadith (al-Bukhari).

    In our global village this hadith has taken on a new dimension. Today our brothers and sisters are not only those who reside in our immediate vicinity, but everyone within reach of our extended hand.

    And at no time is this change more evident than over the period of Eid ul-Adha. In modern times many of us choose to have our qurbani or udhiya performed in parts of the world where the poor can most benefit.

    This year UWT is giving you the opportunity to support Muslims in 12 countries and provide them with the means to celebrate Eid. From Somalia to Afghanistan we will be slaughtering thousands of animals in the name of Allah and distributing their meat to the needy.

    Naturally, the drought in the Horn of Africa and flooding in Pakistan are uppermost in our plans this year so we would recommend that you direct your donations here.

    The principle of sacrifice is the very essence of Eid al-Adha. On this day Allah commanded the Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) to offer up his beloved son Ismail in the ultimate act of obedience. In His infinite mercy Allah then told Ibrahim to replace Ismail with a ram and the festival of Eid al-Adha was born.

    “Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you” Surah al-Hajj, 37


    You can make payments until 31st October for all regions except Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir where we can accept donations until 7th November.

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