Eid al-Adha 2011

    Eid al-Adha is a time of rejoicing and feasting for most Muslims. 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.

    Nowhere is the suffering more acute than in the disaster-stricken Horn of Africa and Pakistan, where millions continue to stare in the face of starvation and disease.

    That’s why for this year’s Qurbani Project, Ummah Welfare Trust is focussing its efforts on these two regions to ensure as many Muslims as possible are provided with meat so that they can enjoy the days of Eid.

    While donors will still have the choice of having their qurbani performed in up to a dozen countries, the charity is urging people to direct their donations to Somalia where the worst drought in 60 years has displaced millions, and to Pakistan where heavy rains have inundated much of the country for the second year in succession.

    UWT is operating in both areas, including those parts of Somalia considered too insecure by other agencies. In Somalia a small animal will cost £40 this year while in Pakistan the same price will ensure one share in a large animal.

    UWT will also be carrying out Qurbani in Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Burma, Ghana, India, Iraq, Kashmir, Malawi and Palestine.

    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.

    UWT trustee, Muhammad Ahmad said:

    “Last year our donors’ sacrifices helped over 388,000 people enjoy the days of Eid. This year we hope our donors can make an even bigger difference.”