Having embarked on its annual Qurbani campaign for 2014, Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) has reiterated its call for South African Muslims to help sponsor, and donate the gift of meat to some of the poorest and underprivileged communities across the world. Latest statistics have suggested that more than 824 million people across the globe suffer from poverty, to the extent that they do not have enough to eat. Furthermore, a lack of proper nutrition is the cause of at least 45% of child deaths under the age of five; which equates to almost 3.1 million a year.
IRSA seeks to afford the poor the opportunity to conduct the Qurbani on their own, with the meat being distributed amongst their respective communities. All cattle will be sponsored solely from funds raised through the Qurbani initiative. The countries identified by IRSA for this year’s campaign include India, Sri Lanka, Chad, Niger, Syria, Palestine, Zimbabwe, as well as South Africa.
IRSA head of community fundraising, Ismat Mohamed, said it was unfortunate that so many families around the world did not have access to meat, or even a basic meal. More often than not, the Qurbani was the only opportunity for many of these families to have a decent plate of food.
“It is a great opportunity for people to gain the Rahmah of Allah (S.A.W). We must remember that whilst we are celebrating Eid al-Adha, we’ve got to think of the poor and needy,” he said.
Amongst the countries where IRSA will be operational is Chad, where up to 2 million people are vulnerable and without access to food, as a result of an ongoing drought in the region. Due to conflicts in neighboring Central African Republic (CAR), many refugees were also crossing over into the drought-hit country. Mohamed said IRSA would seek to provide Qurbani to those individuals most affected by the crisis.
He expressed hope the campaign would help empower the poor, and give them confidence that there were people around the world who were willing to help.
“Inshallah when they become self sufficient, and they make it out of their difficulties and poverty, they themselves will continue the practice of Qurbani,” he said.
The prices for IRSA’s Qurbani campaign are:
India/Sri Lanka – R550 per share for a Buffalo.
Zimbabwe – R750 per goat
Chad/Niger – R750 per share for a cow.
Syria – R2300 per sheep
Palestine – R4500 per share on a cow
South Africa- R1450 per sheep, R1100 per share on a cow, and R7700 per cow.
Anyone wishing to contribute towards the IRSA Qurbani campaign, can visit their offices at 62 Little Road, Athlone. Alternatively, you may contact IRSA via the number 021 696 0145. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)