Islamic Relief UK and food distribution charity FareShare will work together to help some of the most vulnerable communities across the UK with blessed Qurbani meat.
Qurbani means sacrifice. Every year during the Islamic holy month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to commemorate the sacrifice that the Prophet Ibrahim was willing to make. Many Muslims will pay to charity for this to be done on their behalf.
The meat of the sacrificial animal is divided into three portions. At least one-third of this goes to people who are in vulnerable situations and need of assistance.
With the passing of Eid Al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), Qurbani meat donated by Islamic Relief UK to FareShare, will begin distribution this week and help feed some of the most vulnerable families across the UK in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Preston and Southampton.
The meat will be transported to FareShare’s warehouses by temperature controlled vehicles and will be stored and then distributed to front line charities in line with FareShare’s food safety standards that include maintaining the chill chain throughout.
FareShare has seen demand for food skyrocket, particularly among frontline organisations providing food to children and their families. With the coronavirus pandemic pushing thousands of people into financial hardship, many more families will struggle to put food on the table this year.
Michael Shields, Commercial Manager at FareShare said:
“A huge thank you to Islamic Relief UK for their donation of Qurbani meat to support our network of charities and community groups. Nutritious and healthy food has never been more important than at this time of crisis as we see more and more people struggling to afford to buy food.”
Tufail Hussain, Director of Islamic Relief UK said:
“FareShare are doing incredible work to help some of the most vulnerable families in the UK, together we can help deliver the charitable duty of Qurbani to help feed families across the UK.
“It is the duty of Muslims all over the world to help others through their Qurbani, and every year our generous donors also choose to help people here in the UK. This generosity will go towards making a huge difference during this difficult time.”
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Islamic Relief is a faith-inspired, development and humanitarian agency working to transform and save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in over 40 countries. Islamic Relief assists people according to need and does not discriminate in any way.
Set up in Birmingham in 1984 by a group of volunteers, we have assisted over 117 million people all over the world. We’re saving lives and empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty in over 40 countries – from Bangladesh to Bosnia, Pakistan to Palestine, Kenya to Kosovo. Islamic Relief is on the ground in some of the world’s most dangerous and difficult places – including Syria and Yemen – strengthening the most marginalised communities to withstand conflict and natural disasters and to build a brighter future. We also support vulnerable people in the UK in partnership with local charities and organisations.