Muslims are required to sacrifice meat during the Muslim Festival of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), and distribute it to the poor, to family members, and to neighbors. Charitable giving (Zakaat) is one of the 5 pillars of Islam.
For many years, the former Islamic Shura Council of Michigan - now the Michigan Muslim Community Council - has collected and distributed the sacrificed meat to needy families in metro-Detroit. Over 30,000 lbs of meat are collected and distributed annually for Eid al-Adha. In 2016, over 650 sheep were sacrificed in Metro Detroit specifically to distribute to the hungry in this area. MMCC has partnered with Islamic Relief, Mercy International, Zaman, Muslim Family Services, Gleaners Food Pantry, the Detroit Muslim Mission and others to make this huge undertaking successful.
For 2019, the cost of each lamb will be $175. All orders must be paid online by the end of the day on Eid al-Adha to be accounted correctly. The sacrificing occurs in the prescribed Islamic manner by local Muslim butchers during the prescribed time. The meat is stored by Gleaners Food Bank in special freezers, and distributed in 50 lb boxes across the area to Muslim and non Muslim families alike who have been identified as being underprivileged. If you wish to request a distribution, or would like to volunteer, please contact our main office.