Sacrificed meat distributed to those in need

With the celebration of Eid ul Adgha (day of Sacrifice) came the slaughtering of hundreds of sheep, cattle and camels, which was distributed to the most under-resourced communities across the world.

Raihana Bharoochi, South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) caseworker, and Thuraya Kamaldien, staff member, prepare meat packs for distribution to the needy.

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF), a faith-based, socio-welfare and educational organisation, hosted their annual Operation Qurbani (sacrifice) programme at the Saratoga Farm in Philippi, between Wednesday July 21 and Saturday July 24, while the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) ensured compliance.

The qurbani is the re-enactment of prophet Abraham sacrificing a ram, instead of his son Isma-eel, on Eid ul Adgha, in accordance with religious scriptures.

Sanzaf spokeswoman Sakeena Bock said they slaughtered animals locally, in Malawi and Mozambique and gave the public the option to allocate a third of their animals’ meat to those in need.

It is then distributed to all Sanzaf Western Cape offices for recipients of the food parcels as well as to those in need at the Madaris (Muslim schools) and Dawah (Islamic propagation) Centres.

Ms Bock said the meat was distributed to people in Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Crossroads, Bridgetown, Manenberg, Mitchell’s Plain, Paarl, Wellington, Vredenberg, Malmesbury, Worcester, Belhar and Elsies River.