As it has been for 29 years, we took the road in this Eid al-Adha to remember our beloved ones, oppressed, needy and forgotten people.
We have delivered your qurbani shares to millions of people in need.
In 2021 Eid al-Adha, we have reached people in need in 65 countries;
AFRICAChad, Cameroon, Mali, Benin, Togo, Niger, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mauritania,
Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Sudan,
Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Eswatini, Djibouti
SOUTH ASIABangladesh, Myanmar (Arakan), Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand (Patani), India,
Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines (Bangsamoro), Vietnam
CENTRAL ASIA and CAUCASIAMongolia, Crimea, Georgia (Adjara), Afghanistan, Azerbaijan,
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan
MIDDLE EASTTRNC, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Tunisia
BALKANS AND EUROPEBosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia,
Montenegro, Serbia (Sancak and Presova), Romania, Hungary
AMERICAHaiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador
How are the Qurbanis performed?
The First Qurban Excitement
When we arrived at the slaughtering place in Handeni, hundreds of people in colorful clothes lined up early with buckets of meat to carry. On the advancing hours of the day, this number reached thousands of people. The people were excited and inexperienced as it was the first time that qurban was to be slaughtered in this region. We sacrificed qurbans in cooperation and get the meat to the people in need.
The qurbans shared from Turkey, reached the table of families in need in Tanzania. Many people thanked us with their smiley faces as we left the slaughtering place. While we were returning to Turkey, joyful feast tables were set in thousands of homes, and the gifts shared from Turkey had reached tens of thousands of people.
Questions regarding our Qurbani projects
- How does IHH prepare for the Qurbani projects?
Determining the countries
The countries where IHH has operated in the past are researched by our commission formed for the Qurbani activities. We also set a course by evaluating the new crisis regions that emerge during the year.
Teams that will work in the specified countries generally consist of 3-4 individuals. Among the teams are IHH employees, volunteers from various occupation groups, housewives and students, and also journalists and authors to inform the public of the situation in these regions.
Preparation of partner organizations
IHH, that manages its activities from the headquarters in Istanbul, conducts aid works via local aid organizations. We instruct our partner organizations, that then begins the preparation process.
Preparation process and tasks of our teams
Reports and crucial information regarding the specific countries is conveyed to the teams at meetings held at IHH headquarters. Activities carried out throughout the operation in these regions are personally managed by IHH teams.
Feedback and reports
In meetings held with the teams who return to Turkey on completion of the operations, the experiences, observations and problems in the regions are related; the teams also report the requirements and needs in specific regions. This information is evaluated by the IHH board responsible for these particular regions and projects are planned.
- How are people in need determined?
In regions where IHH operates, projects in various fields are continued all year round. During these operations, those in most need are determined with the help of our partner organizations, and we concentrate our activities more in these regions to eliminate difficulty and hardship. In our distribution program, IHH gives priority to the refugee camps, victims of war and natural disasters, orphanages, orphaned families, the elderly, orphans, widows; areas where the people suffer poverty, schools, madrasas and hospitals. Before Eid al-Adha, a detailed report is prepared for each of the regions where we perform the sacrifices.
- What does IHH take into consideration when determining the regions?
When determining the areas, the degree of hardship constitutes importance and priority in the regions. Accordingly, regions suffering war and crisis, regions and countries experiencing natural disasters, poor countries and regions suffering from famine and drought, and areas and countries where Muslims are a minority are given priority.
- Can aid organizations be appointed as proxies for Qurbani?
Aid organizations that sacrifice qurbans in regions in need both locally and abroad can be appointed as proxies. The only condition is that the organization sacrifices the qurban according to the Islamic objectives and regulations; the organization is trustworthy and will distribute the meat, skins and other parts of the animal to people in need.
- How is the appointment of proxy necessary for the sacrifice done?
Those who want the Qurbani to be sacrificed on their behalf send the determined Qurbani amount for the sacrifice and distribution of the meat to IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. As in other aspects, the appointment of a proxy is based on the intention and decision of the donator in question. People who apply to IHH to have the Qurbani sacrificed on their behalf automatically reveal this intention and decision. Additionally, it is not essential to reveal this verbally, as action and implementation is a declaration of intention.
- How does IHH determine the price of Qurbanis?
As can be expected, the prices of qurbans vary in all parts of the world. In some regions the prices are lower, while in other countries the prices can be higher than Turkey. Because we predict that qurban donations will be higher in regions where the prices are lower, and less where the prices are higher, IHH receives prices for each of the regions and strategically determines an average price. In the same way that a single price prevents concentration in regions where the prices are lower, this also enables us to deliver meat to all regions according to need. This means that we can deliver meat to regions that would not receive qurban donations or a low number of donations because the price is higher.
- Can the person choose the country for the sacrifice?
Donators can select any of the countries specified by IHH for their sacrifices. However, it would be more appropriate to allow IHH officials to choose the regions as this will prevent concentration in certain regions.
- How can a person who appoints IHH to learn if the sacrifice has been performed?
IHH sends an SMS to the mobile phones of all donators that donate their Qurbanis confirming that the sacrifice has been performed. When the sacrifices in the regions are complete, IHH headquarters is informed that the sacrifice of the Qurbanis has been completed. When we receive this information, SMS texts are sent to those who donated Qurbanis.
Language of the Heart
I came to Burundi, Africa for the qurban operations in the region. This is the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Rwanda. As the Muslims are a minority here, our visit pleased them immensely. Many people welcomed us with joy. The elderly, youth, women and men were all there waiting for us. I understood their happiness from the look in their eyes. Although we do not speak the same language, the language of our hearts is the same. Some of them were surprised when they welcomed us, because they were not expecting any guests. This journey taught me that our main purpose is not the qurban meat, but brotherhood. We concluded our duty with the principle of the verse “With every hardship comes ease” that we adopted when we departed on this qurban journey.
Hüseyin Aydemir/Burundi 2019