Qurbani 2013 summary

    Ummah Welfare Trust spent £1,194,870 for this year's Qurbani projects - once again, an increase on the previous year's Qurbani programme alhamdulillah.Approximately 800,000 Muslims benefitted this year thanks to the generosity of Ummah Welfare Trust's donors.

    The Qurbani programme is a major part of the relief work at Ummah Welfare Trust. Preparations start months in advance with Ummah Welfare Trust purchasing suitable animals, feeding them and seeking out the deserving recipients for the meat.

    This year, through the generosity of donors, 4579 large animals and 5289 small animals were sacrificed. The blessings of Eid ul Adha reached poor Muslim communities in 17 countries alhamdulillah.

    In Pakistan, 4,250 animals were sacrificed - an increase on last year. Alhamdulillah, the Udhiyyah meat was transported and distributed across the country. Long-standing flood victims of Sindh and Punjab, rural families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the recent earthquake-victims in Baluchistan all benefitted.

    From Pakistan, the Udhiyyah meat of over 1,100 animals was trucked to poverty-stricken families in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

    Greater focus this year was also given to the Middle East. With war and displacement continuing to characterise the crisis in Syria, Ummah Welfare Trust sacrificed 100 cows and 200 sheep in the country. The meat of these animals was distributed to families in Damascus, Aleppo, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Idlib, Hama and Homs.

    In besieged Gaza, 15 cows and 70 sheep were sacrificed. The meat of these animals was distributed to 1,500 families in the strip. In Iraq, 20 animals were sacrificed for families in the western provinces of Anbar and Mosul.

    In India, over 2,000 cows were sacrificed in the Sunderbans, East Bengal. Through the network of masjids and madrassahs, the meat was distributed in over 650 villages alhamdulillah. In neighbouring Bangladesh, over 100 animals were sacrificed and its meat distributed across the northerly district of Panchargarh.

    Further east, over 300 cows were sacrificed in Burma. The meat was distributed in the Ayarwaddy and Yangon divisions and in the fractured state of Arakan, where Rohingyan Muslims continue to face persecution. Animals were also sacrificed and its meat distributed to families on the island of Zamboanga in the Philippines.

    Alhamdulillah thousands of animals were also sacrificed in Africa - the land of the first Hijrah. In the east, animals were sacrificed for Eritrean refugees in Sudan and for displaced families in southern Somalia.

    In West Africa, goats and cows were provided to rural families in both Gambia and Senegal. And in Malawi, hundreds of goats were sacrificed in and around the district of Mangochi.

    Finally in Europe, cows were sacrificed in Albania and Chechnya. Families around Tirana, capital of the former, and around Grozny, capital of the latter, received Udhiyyah meat alhamdulillah.

    May Allah 'azza wajjal reward everyone who helped feed so many of our brothers and sisters. The charity asks Allah to accept the sacrificing of these animals on behalf of everyone. As He says in the Glorious Qur'an:

    'It is neither the meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad Sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) to the Muhsinun (doers of good).' (22:37)