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Saudi, OIC Launch Hajj 2018 Meat Project

JEDDAH – In collaboration with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Saudi Ministry of Hajj has announced on July 31 the launch of a project called “Utilization of Hajj Meat (ADAHI)” .

The main objective of this project is to distribute halal meat  to beneficiaries in more than 25 countries,  as one million sheep are slaughtered, dressed, cut, packed and frozen in just 48 hours

“The project aimed to serve pilgrims by easing the process of providing livestock that meets all Shari’ah and health requirements, and by ensuring the cleanliness of the environment around the holy sites,” Dr. Bandar Hajjar, president of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), told Arab News in a press conference.

“The project takes the responsibility of carrying out the ritual of Udhiyah on people’s behalf, from the very beginning until the distribution of meat to eligible beneficiaries,” Hajjar explained.

Operating since 1983, the Hajj meat project latest expansion to serve all Muslims around the world is managed by the IDB of OIC.

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Last year, the project announced the launch of the “Electronic Path” managed by the ministry, which allows Umrah visitors and pilgrims to use the services provided by ADAHI.

Meat is distributed among the poor at the Grand Mosque and holy sites, charity organizations in Saudi  Arabia, and beneficiaries in many Muslim countries and communities throughout the world.

“About 40,000 people are working with the project as butchers, veterinarians, Shari’ah supervisors, supporting labor, transportation, food supply, medical care and administration,” the official announced.

Beneficiaries of the electrical path system can buy rites coupons online through the website using a credit card, via money transfer or by accessing the ministry’s website.

Coupons are also available with collaborating entities such as Al-Rajhi, Mobily, Hadyat Al-Hajj Wal Moatamer Secure Services Company, as well as with Saudi Posts’ outlets throughout KSA.

Udhiyah, or Qurban as referred to in Islamic law, is the sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid al-Adha to seek God’s pleasure and reward by feeding the poor.

During the Hajj season, Udhiyah is allowed to take place from the morning of the 10th to sunset of the 12th Dhul Hijjah, the 12th and last Hijri month.

Muslims all over the world offer Udhiyah , so it’s not only for pilgrims. And it’s understood as a symbolic repetition of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice of a ram in place of his son Prophet Ishmael (peace and blessings