What happens during a slaughter?
A guiding prayer is said over the process and a specific phrase is spoken when the animal is killed. We work with experienced butchers and faith leaders in the community throughout the entire process, to ensure that the slaughter of the animal is done in a manner that is appropriate to that specific context and those people being served by it. Everyone there has a vested interested in doing this in accordance with their own religious tradition, and seeing it done properly.
When does the slaughter happen?
IDRF is committed to ensuring that the slaughter and distribution of meat occurs in a time and manner that is appropriate for the people in that country to celebrate Eid Al-Adha, under the guidance of local religious leaders.
Can the name of the person donating (or a loved one) be read aloud during the slaughter?
No, we cannot accommodate that request. We receive hundreds of donations and it would be impossible to coordinate with partners.
Can I mark my funds for a particular geographic region within the country?
In order to reach those most in need, we need to have the flexibility to allocate meat distribution throughout the country. Therefore donors can choose the country, but not a specific geographical location within that country.
To whom does the meat get distributed?
IDRF is committed to helping people on the basis of need, and work with community partners to make sure that those in greatest need are served and that communities are involved in that process to ensure peace and buy-in regardless of ethnicity or religious beliefs.
Are you supporting Palestinians?
Yes, in Lebanon we serve a very large community of Palestinians who fled from Syria into Lebanon, so donors giving there are supporting Palestinians as well. We are not providing Qurbani in Gaza – we are, however, continuing with our sustainable farming & water initiatives.
Can I choose whether to give a cow, sheep, or goat share?
This year, we are only advertising a price per share, rather than choosing a specific animal, for flexibility and to ensure the best price and acceptability in the community.
How did you determine this price for shares?
Prices are fully inclusive of purchasing large numbers of animals upfront to secure the best quality and price, paying for their care and humane treatment, slaughtering, and distribution.
What if there is a major crisis or disaster or community unrest or legal crackdown?
IDRF is committed to doing our best to ensure that Qurbani is carried out. That may mean that we have to relocate to a different geographic area, or bear the cost of paying for last minute arrangements elsewhere, then we will find a way. If we truly could not, we will notify our donors, but this would need to be a major global disaster. This has never happened to date.
Why do you have a cut-off date? What if my donation does not arrive in time? Do you take donations after the deadline on your website?
We have a deadline to encourage our donors to donate by phone or online as soon as possible so that we can ensure that logistics are managed and that we have enough animals to slaughter. We are in constant communication with our local partners on the status of our projects. Once we near our maximum, we close down the option to give to that country online and by phone, and we will let you know that so that you can choose a country that still requires additional support for Qurbani. The cut-off date for mailed donations is a week before Eid i.e September 1st,2017. As we get close to this date, please check in with us regularly to see where we are and what we can still accommodate.
If you have any further questions related to Qurbani, please call 416-497-0818 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org