Qurban: How an Islamic Legacy Empowers Societies??
We live in the age of empowering.
Humans want to empower one another and for everyone in the world to have fair access to basic rights and opportunities to education, employment, food, and health.
Qurban is an opportunity to empower societies in poverty.
Empowerment is when someone is given the power, ability, and skills to do things. They strengthen their skill set, become more learned, and know-how to apply their knowledge.
The Sacrifice, known as Udhiya in Arabic and Qurban in Turkish and Persian is an Islamic tradition that takes place annually.
On the days of Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal (either a goat, sheep, cow, bull, buffalo, or camel). The animal flesh is cut, cleaned, and distributed to those in need in commemoration of the sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim.
A large number of the world’s population is food insecure. The problem of food insecurity isn’t result of humans not being able to produce enough food for the world's increasing population.Rather,the problem is the unequal distribution of food.
However, immediate aid isn’t enough to relieve poverty-struck societies. In the long term, aid agencies should empower and develop communities so that they are no longer dependent on direct aid.
The value of Qurban should not be limited to its nutritional and short-term impact on families. The value of Qurban is in how it is implementing and creating a positive cycle within society.
The meat product is just a part of a more significant process. Qurban gathers and empowers locallivelihoods. Farmers and locals prepare and grow the animals in advance for the Islamic tradition.
Slaughterhouses will sacrifice the animals, local butchers will assist in cleaning and package the meat, and transporters will distribute the meat to families in need.
Iyilik Denizi Foundation looks at Qurban as a way of supporting a local community by empowering local livelihoods by employment. At the same time, it strengthens local economies and feeds its most vulnerable.
So yes, it may be cheaper to purchase or outsource your Qurban in Turkey – but this misses the whole point of why we even hold Qurban.
The annual Udhiya/Qurbani Project provides an opportunity for those people who cannot afford to purchase meat products to receive the nutritional benefit of the Iyilik
Meat Packet. The project involves the distribution of fresh packets to the most vulnerable people – women, children, the elderly, and refugees.Each meat packet distributed contains a sufficient amount of meat (4 kg on average), for a family of four for one week. Each meat packet is designed to consist of fresh meat that is appropriate and acceptable for the dietary culture of the region.
Iyilik Denizi’s Udhiya/Qurban campaign is recognized for its ability to create employment opportunities for societies in poverty and for distributing fresh meat to millions of the world's most vulnerable.
Those who receive the Qurbani meat include widowed women, orphaned children, refugees, and poor, elderly, or disabled people.
For the majority of these people, meat is not part of their regular diet.
Qurbani meat allows some families to eat meat after a whole year.
When families receive Qurbani meat, it fosters a real sense of hope for them and allows them to celebrate this important occasion along with millions of other Muslims across the world.
This year, we will continue to enable poor people around the world to celebrate Eid-al- Adha.
You can help: Give your Qurbani with Iyilik Denizi today.