A new campaign announced by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) on Wednesday to facilitate the observation of Islamic Udhiya sacrifice ritual, as per the due Sharia requirements and specifications, is estimated to benefit up to 140,000 beneficiaries in 20 countries.
"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 whole process," QRCS secretary-general Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi told a press conference in Doha.
In Qatar, al-Hammadi explained, Widam Food Co. will provide and slaughter the animals within the legal and health regulations. QRCS's personnel will distribute the meat to families in need.
Internationally, a Brazilian company is contracted to provide and slaughter the animals. The meat will then be processed and sealed in airtight containers for preservation. QRCS foreign offices will deliver the canned meat where it is much-needed.
"This innovative product is useful in two ways: 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," al-Hammadi added.
"The project was approved by QRCS's Sharia Committee as Sharia-compliant".
According to Dr. Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, executive director of Relief and International Development Division, the project is estimated to serve up to 140,000 beneficiaries in 20 countries. "Our target budget is over QR8mn," he said.
Those who wish to participate in the campaign can consult QRCS's agents at malls and Al Meera stores, visit QRCS's website (www.qrcs.org.qa
), or call the hotlines," added General Resource Mobilisation head Mohamed Mubarak al-Hajri.