Qurbani is a practise performed to mark the end of the Holy Hajj pilgrimage – a celebration known as Eid ul Adha. It is celebration in recognition of the belief, humility and devotion shown to Allah by his prophets, Ibrahim and Ismail - peace be upon them both.
Prophet Ibrahim received revelation from Allah to sacrifice his son, Ismail. On hearing this, Ismail immediately agreed, as he understood this as a command from Allah.
At the crucial moment of sacrifice, Allah replaced Ismail with a ram in acknowledgement of their sincere faith.
To commemorate this supreme act, Muslims the world over choose to sacrifice a particular animal on Eid ul Adha.
A significant portion of the meat from the animal is given to the poor. In doing so, they join a huge humanitarian effort to reach out to those who most need help.
Since 1986, Islamic Relief has been fostering the needs of the world's poorest people through the implementation of Qurbani, on behalf of its generous supporters.
Having performed 670 Qurbani's in our first year, last year with your love and support, over 3.5 million people from 28 different countries received fresh and quality Qurbani meat.
In implementing our Qurbani programme, we reach a diverse range of beneficiaries. From widows to orphans, the aged to the disabled, the poor to the disaster affected populations – our local offices carefully identify communities to ensure your help reaches those who need it most.