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This year Al-Khair Foundation (AKF) completed Qurbani in eleven countries across two continents. AKF has completed the largest scale operation for Qurbani in the UK, surpassing target goals for this year’s Qurbani programmes. In Pakistan, Qurbani was carried out in over 15 different locations. AKF was able to distribute meat to the most vulnerable people around the world, including several internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps in Myanmar (Burma) and Somaliland, showing AKF’s dedication to reach those who are most in need.
Qurbani is obligatory for any sane, free adult Muslim individual who possesses Nisab, the minimum amount of wealth requiring them to pay Zakat. AKF distributes their Qurbani to deprived communities and isolated areas. AKF’s field offices also distribute Qurbani meat during the days of Eid-al-Adha to those who need it the most. Additionally, AKF has allocated Qurbani pick-up centres across the globe, in all the countries where Qurbani is performed, where people can come and collect Qurbani meat from. Cards are distributed to families before Eid, which have to be filled in and collected upon receiving the Qurbani meat.
AKF only co-operates with vetted and reliable partners in all countries. Furthermore, independent monitoring and evaluation from HQ provides the required confidence. All partners have to pass a thorough due diligence check before AKF decides to begin working with them.
The extensive monitoring procedures throughout the Qurbani process ensures the highest standards throughout the operation - from procurement of the animals to delivering the meat to communities. Consistent monitoring provides effective quality control, as well as further information about how the following year's Qurbani operation could be improved.
Fundraising began this year through AKF’s two TV channels; IQRA Urdu and IQRA Bangla. Live appeals ran throughout the run-up to Eid-al-Adha, where prices for each animal and each country were aired on television 24/7. This year many Qurbani donations were received online, as prices were also displayed on the AKF website. Donors reported that the website was an easy and efficient way of completing their Qurbani. Pictures and videos of the farms and animals AKF uses during this time of Qurbani are telecast on IQRA Urdu/Bangla and on all of AKF’s social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
|No. of Qurbanis (Total)||No. of kilograms of meat distributed|
(Total in kgs)
|No. of lives benefitted|
In Pakistan alone, 8,688 Qurbanis were performed, making Pakistan the biggest region for Qurbani this year, as AKF successfully delivered 152,080 kgs of meat benefiting 760,400 people.
AKF performed and distributed Qurbani in 15 locations in Pakistan this year. These included Muzaffarabad, Mansehra and Fata. In Punjab, the locations for Qurbani were Jataoi, Kot Addu, Lahore, Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur. Other locations included Islamabad, Karachi, Tharparkar, Baluchistan and Gilgit.
Qurbani was also carried out in our model village of Ehsan Pur. The village residents receive Qurbani meat every year, as well as Eid gift packs.
All Qurbani processes are overseen by Islamic scholars to ensure that the procedures are compliant with Islamic law. AKF adheres to strict practices of procurement for Qurbani.
In destitute areas in Kashmir/Afghanistan 1,810 Qurbanis were performed. Meat was distributed in Neelam Valley and Hatiyyan Bala amongst the most vulnerable people in the region. In total 31,600 kgs were supplied to 158,000 people.
In Bangladesh 289,600 people received Qurbani meat. AKF carried out Qurbanis in 18 different locations in the major cities of Dhaka and Sylhet. AKF was able to deliver 57,920 kgs of meat to those most impoverished in the city. This totaled 3,325 Qurbanis.
This year in India meat was distributed to over 1,423,000 people, A major Qurbani operation was carried out in the following locations; East Medinipur, West Medinipur & Burdhman districts of the state West Bengal. This is a total of 16,530 Qurbanis for the region this year. 284,600 kgs were delivered in total to the most vulnerable people in the area.
Qurbani was carried out in seven locations in Myanmar. Five of these are internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. The locations are U Yin Thar Village, Thet Kae Pyin IDP Camp, Dar Pai IDP Camp, Baw Du Pha IDP Camp, Say Tha Mar Gyi IDP Camp and Ohn Taw Gyi Camp in Sittwe. The final location of Qurbani distribution was in Rakhine State. AKF has touched the lives of thousands in Myanmar, who are dealing with the effects of conflict daily. With Qurbani donations and ongoing emergency appeals, AKF looks to ease the suffering of those in Myanmar. There were 570 Qurbanis benefiting 52,000 people from 10,400 kgs of meat in Myanmar.
In Africa, 7,850 Qurbanis were performed. The locations included Malindi town and Kilifi County in Kenya. AKF was able to reach more IDP camps in Somaliland, where meat was distributed to hundreds of the most needy. In total 159,600 kgs were given out to 798,000 people. The camps that received Qurbani meat include Hargeisa IDP camp, Balimataan IDP Camp and the Gunburaha District. In total over 7,850 Qurbanis took place in Africa this year.
With the support of our loyal donors, AKF has managed to reach besieged areas within the Middle East. This year Qurbani programmes took place in Gaza in the Jabalia, Deir A Balah, Khan Younis and Rafah regions. In Syria the areas AKF was able to reach include the Talbeesah District and the Homs Governorate. In Jordan Qurbani meat reached Syrian refugees. There were a total of 708 Qurbanis; 70,800 individuals received Qurbani meat this year from a total of 14,160 kgs.