Posted on August 09, 2018

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) on Wednesday launched the Adhahi campaign that involves slaughtering 'Udhiya' animals on behalf of the participating public and distributing them to those in need across the country and abroad on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.

Addressing a press conference at QRCS headquarters in Doha on Wednesday, QRCS Secretary-General Ali bin Hassan al Hammadi said that the project facilitates the observation of Islamic Udhiya sacrifice ritual as per Sharia requirements and specifications. Congratulating the Qatari people and the Muslim nations on the occasion of approaching Eid Al Adha festival, he added: "Today, we announce a new project that involves slaughtering 'Udhiya' animals on behalf of the participating public. All you have to do is to choose your animal, specify where it will be used, and pay the price. After that, we will undertake the entire process."

Hammadi explained that QRCS is collaborating with the local company Widam Food, which will provide and slaughter the animals within legal and health regulations in Qatar. QRCS has also entered into partnership with a Brazilian company, which will provide and slaughter the animals, then process and seal their meat in airtight containers for preservation. He noted that QRCS foreign offices will deliver the canned meat where it is much-needed especially for refugees who do not possess refrigerating tools. "This innovative product is useful as it provides a shelf-life of four years while still edible, and it is a perfect choice for refugees and displaced people, who typically have no cooking fuel or refrigerators," Hammadi explained. He added that the project was approved by QRCS' Sharia Committee as Sharia- compliant. 

Dr Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, executive director of Relief and International Development Division at QRCS, said that the project is estimated to serve up to 140,000 beneficiaries in 20 countries mostly situated in Africa, in addition to countries hosting refugees such as Syria, Turkey and Jordan. According to Ibrahim, QRCS' target budget is over QR8 million for this project. Mohamed Mubarak al Hajri, president of Public Resources Development, said that the prices of international Udhiya animals range from QR250 to QR750 while the price of local Udhiya animals has been fixed at QR550.

source: Qatar Tribune