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About the Observance

By the Numbers

868 Million people worldwide are considered undernourished (Source: United Nations)

Some 26 countries were supported by IRUSA’s Udhiyah/Qurbani campaign in 2012

About 431,500 people benefited from IRUSA’s Udhiyah/Qurbani campaign in 2012


Udhiyah (also referred to as Qurbani) marks the end of Hajj (pilgrimage), and is a time to reflect upon the significance of sacrifice with the Islamic tradition. Muslims observe Udhiyah/Qurbani by sharing meat with the less fortunate. For many people around the world, meat means nutrition—calories and nutrients they cannot get from any other food. It also means celebration—it is an expensive treat that is enjoyed mainly on special occasions.

Questions about Udhiyah/Qurbani? Visit our frequently asked questions page to get answers.

How the Udhiyah/Qurbani Campaign Helps

When you send your Udhiyah/Qurbani donation to communities in need, you are sharing something truly special with them. Islamic Relief donors annually provide meat to impoverished communities during Udhiyah/Qurbani. The Islamic Relief program uses 100% halal meat. Meat is sourced locally whenever possible to support the community’s economy. It is distributed fresh whenever possible, though in difficult situations like conflict zones, Islamic Relief may send frozen or canned meat so it can arrive to the recipients in good condition. A single Udhiyah/Qurbani goes a long way—it can feed up to seven needy people!

In 2012, IRUSA delivered meat rations to more than 431,500 people around the world as part of this program.

This year, your donations are helping Islamic Relief provide Udhiyah/Qurbani in 24 countries … that means nutritious and healthy meals for thousands in need … WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER WORLD!

Check out this video to learn more about how your Udhiyah / Qurbani gifts can make a world of difference for families in need.

And remember, if you have questions about Udhiyah/Qurbani, visit our frequently asked questions page, or give us a call at 1-855-447-1001 to speak to an Islamic Relief USA team member.


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Donations for the 2013 Udhiyah/Qurbani season are now closed. Click here to support other IRUSA programs.