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Turkish charity, S. African NGO distribute meat on Eid

The livestock market in Egypt is well stocked but the country's economic situation has left citizens unable to afford Qurbani meat [Ahmed Al Sayed/Anadolu Agency]
Citizens are unable to afford Qurbani meat [Ahmed Al Sayed/Anadolu Agency]

Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) and a South African NGO on Sunday partnered to slaughter over 250 cows and sheep to be given to underprivileged communities in South Africa, says Anadolu Agency.

According to a statement issued by Awqaf South Africa, the meat was distributed to at least 18,000 underprivileged families in the region.

“Some of the recipients only eat meat once a year during Qurbani (the Muslim holiday of Eid where animals are slaughtered),” the statement said.

READ: Qurbani meat being distributed in Gaza

Muslims with financial ability are required to slaughter an animal during the holiday of Eid al-Adha as a form of sacrifice.

The meat slaughtered is distributed to poor members of the community, a practice that began during the time of prophet Abraham.

During his time, Prophet Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Ismail, but he was later shown a sign of mercy and given an animal to sacrifice instead.

Eid al-Adha coincides with Hajj, a major Muslim pilgrimage held in Makkah.

Muslim NGO’s across the world distribute meat every year during Eid al-Adha to empower the less privileged.

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