Our mission is to help people share their Qurbani with the needy and vulnerable in our local communities. We help to bring together members of the public, butchers, mosques, community hubs and local welfare organisations – putting processes and infrastructure in place to enable the organisations to receive and distribute donated Qurbani meat to those who need it most.
Our vision is that no matter where you live in in the UK, if you want to share a portion of your Qurbani there is a local ShareMyQurbani team who can help make it happen.
How can I ShareMyQurbani?
We currently have processes in place to help collect and distribute your Qurbani in Manchester, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Blackburn, Bradford, Merseyside and East London. Here’s how you can share your Qurbani.
Qurbani is an important part of the Islamic religion. Qurbani means sacrifice, and all muslims who are financially able are encouraged to offer a Qurbani at this sacred time of year (Islamic month of Dhu-al-Hijjah). This serves as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) was prepared to make for the sake of Allah.
Qurbani gives us an opportunity to reflect on the blessings we have been bestowed with, and in following the guidance of how the meat from a sacrificed animal should be consumed, it serves to remind us of those less fortunate than us and our duty to ensure they are looked after.
We are guided to keep a portion of the meat to eat ourselves, share a portion with our wider families and neighbours, and share a portion with the needy and vulnerable amongst us. Traditionally this is interpreted as equal portions of 1/3 each.
Often we are unaware that we have people in dire need on our doorsteps, or even if we do know of them, we have no idea how to get a share of our Qurbani to them. This is why many people choose to send money overseas for a Qurbani to be offered in their name, and distributed amongst the needy.
We at ShareMyQurbani feel that whilst it is important to continue to support those in need in poorer countries, it is also important to ensure that muslims in the UK continue the tradition of Qurbani locally, particularly the sharing of a portion with the needy. Our aim is to help connect people with local welfare organisations who are working tirelessly night and day to support the less fortunate amongst us.
As well sharing Qurbani meat at this time of year, this helps to raise awareness of the challenges people in our local communities face and the organisations that support them – we hope that once this connection is made, many Qurbani donors will continue to support these organisations throughout the year. Read more about us here.
Want to get involved?
If you can spare some time to help us spread the message or collect and distribute Qurbani meat we would love to hear from you
We’re all volunteers and on the lookout for like minded folk who can bring ShareMyQurbani to their town or city. So please get in touch and we’ll help you get started!
If you are operating a similar service in your town or city, we’d love to hear more about it with a view to learn from each other and increase awareness to help as many people as possible.