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Udhiyah Goes Virtual in Dubai to Prevent COVID Spread

Every year, people line up in the hallways of butcheries and abattoirs for three days during `Eid Al-Adha to perform their Udhiyah or Qurban.

But at this time of a global pandemic, many Muslims are opting for a safe and reliable way to perform the ritual.

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In Emirates, Dubai Digital Authority, in partnership with the Dar Al Ber Society, has announced the launch of its ‘Eid Sacrifice – Udhiyah’ service on the DubaiNow application.

Through the new app, residents can make request for Udhiyah under the ‘Islam and Donations’ category.

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The app “provides the ‘Eid Sacrifice – Udhiyah’ service within a safe and reliable payment procedure that saves time and effort,” Wesam Lootah, CEO of Smart Dubai Government Establishment, told Khaleej Times.

“This eliminates the need for users to physically visit charity centers, thereby maintaining safety and security through social distancing,” he said.

Dr. Mohammed Suhail Al Muhairi, CEO and managing director of Dar Al Ber Society, added that the service aims to combat the spread of Covid-19.

A financially-able Muslim sacrifices a single sheep or goat or shares with six others in sacrificing a camel or cow as an act of worship during the four-day `Eid Al-Adha celebrations.

The ritual commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail to Allah as an act of obedience and submission.

It is permissible that someone in another country could perform the sacrifice on one’s behalf.