(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 12/10/08) ­- On December 13, Muslims in the metro Detroit area will distribute meat to fulfill the Islamic religious practice of Udhiyah/Qurbani performed following the yearly Muslim pilgrimage, or Hajj.
Approximately 30,000 pounds of lamb will be distributed on Saturday to the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Islamic centers in Detroit, including two that operate weekend soup kitchens.
Last year, Detroit Muslims donated 15,000 pounds of meat to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
SEE: Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Adha (Michigan Public Radio)
Udhiyah or Qurbani is a sacrifice performed on the 10th day of the Islamic month Dhul-Hijjah during the Hajj season that commemorates Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son at God’s command. In remembrance of this event, Muslim families typically distribute meat to relatives and the needy.
The meat distribution project is headed by the Islamic Shura Council of Michigan (ISCOM), an umbrella organization of mosques and Islamic groups, in conjunction with Islamic Relief and Mercy-USA.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) is an associate member of ISCOM.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, email@example.com, or ISCOM President Mouhib Ayas, 248-705-9137, firstname.lastname@example.org