Since 2000, IslamiCity has been organizing annual Qurbani and working with agencies in distributing the meat to benefit some of the world's poorest and vulnerable people.
Currently we provide udhiya services to more than 20 countries including: Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.
Yes.* IslamiCity is a 501c3 non profit organization.
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Qurbani (udhiya / udhiyah / udhia / qurban) is a sacrifice that is offered at the time of Eid al-Adha to show gratitude towards Allah and to provide for the poor and needy. The Prophet Muhammad was once asked by his Companions: "O Prophet of Allah! What is this qurbani?" He replied, "It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim SWT." (Hadith - Ibn Majah)
Allah says in the Qur'an: "It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him." (Qur'an 22:37)
Qurbani has been performed from the time of Ibrahim and commemorates also Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son, who was replaced by an animal at the time of sacrifice.
Ideally the meat from the Qurbani sacrifice should be shared between one's own family, friends and the poor. It is very difficult to perform a Qurbani sacrifice in most western countries, and there are also relatively fewer poor people that can accept raw meet as charity, so it is permissible to pay for a sacrifice to be performed on one's behalf in another country, and for all the meat to be distributed to the poor.
The Qurbani sacrifice through IslamiCity is performed according to islamically prescribed methods in a country of your choosing (or where most needed) and the meat is distributed to the poor and needy.
The sacrificial camels we have made for you as among the symbols from Allah. In them is (much) good for you: then pronounce the name of Allah over them as they line up (for sacrifice): when they are down on their sides (after slaughter), eat ye thereof, and feed such as (beg not but) live in contentment, and such as beg with due humility: thus have We made animals subject to you, that ye may be grateful. It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah. it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all who do right. (22:36-37)
The word udhiyah means an animal of the 'an'aam class (i.e., camel, cow, sheep or goat) that is slaughtered during the days of Eid al-Adha because of the Eid and as an act of worship, intending to draw closer to Allah thereby. This is one of the rituals of Islam prescribed in the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger , and according to the consensus of the Muslims.
...there is no need to take out a loan in order to buy the sacrificial animal, because it is not obligatory for one who is not rich, according to scholarly consensus.
The correct view is that it is Sunnah mu'akkadah for the one who can afford it, but there is no sin on the one who does not do it.
Sacrifice upholds the sacredness of life, that it, in fact, constitutes a pledge by the pilgrim that he will slay for sustenance only...