Muslims living in Kosovo:
The wars in the Balkans during the 1990s had a devastating impact on Muslims living in Kosovo. Following acts of genocide in Bosnia, where 80,000 Muslims were slaughtered, many in Kosovo rebelled against Serbian rule. Their fight for justice provoked the then Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to embark on a crusade of ethnic cleansing. Thousands of Muslims died and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee. A donation to Ummah Relief International will help us deliver fresh Qurbani meat to the poor during Eid-al-Adha.
More than 600,000 people were forced to flee Kosovo and seek refuge in neighboring countries, as well as further afield during the conflict. It is reported that at least another 400,000 were displaced inside Kosovo. Refugee camps aimed to relocate 1,500 Kosovars a day, such was the scale of the exodus. Homeless and with no where to go, the refugees were at the mercy of foreign governments who quibbled over numbers. Many families were split up. Not only had they lost their homes, they had lost each other.
No Security for Kosovo’s Refugees:
Of those who were relocated, many were viewed as asylum seekers and forced to live in poverty. To this day, some face an uncertain future – never knowing if they will be taken away from the new life they have established and deported. Although Kosovo itself is one of the newest countries in the world – and the only Muslim state in Europe – humanitarian aid is still needed, both there and for those who fled.
During the month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal to honor Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son for the sake of God. This sacrifice is known as Qurbani. It is an important and integral part of Islam, and one every Muslim aims to support. According to tradition, at least one third of the meat from the slaughtered animal must go to poor or vulnerable people. One third of the meat can be kept for the family of the person who has slaughtered the animal and the final third is given to their neighbors.
URI Qurbani Udhiya Program:
The Festival of Sacrifice, Eid-al-Adha, is celebrated during Dhul Hijah. It begins on the tenth day and ends on the thirteenth. A donation to Ummah Relief International’s Qurbani Udhiya Program will ensure that fresh Qurbani meat can be distributed to the poor who would otherwise be excluded from this important tradition.
Ummah Relief International’s Qurbani Distribution Program makes a real difference to the lives of Muslims around the world. Qurbani donations for orphans and refugees can feed the hungry at an important time of the year for their faith.
Qurbani donations for Muslims can be pledged online here http://www.ummahrelief.org/how-to-donate/
You can support Ummah Relief International’s work – make a Qurbani Donation Kosovo. Other ways to help include Udhiya Donation Kosovo. Donate Qurbani Kosovo today and help lift people out of poverty.