Udhiyah to Feed the Starving Community
It is our duty as Muslims to rush to aid and relieve the pains of all suffering and needy people, irrespective of their faith, race, gender, color, etc. Udhiyah, the animal sacrifice that a Muslim sacrifices in `Eid Al-Adha as recommended by the Sunnah, should serve this noble goal. Therefore, it is desirable that one keeps one-third of the udhiyah for oneself and the family, and distribute the other two-thirds, one among the poor and needy of one’s relatives and neighbors, and the other among the people who come to ask for meat. Allah Almighty says:[Eat thereof and feed the beggar and the suppliant] (Al-Hajj 22:36). It was also reported that Ibn `Abbas said that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) would keep one-third of the udhiyah for his family, distribute another third among his poor neighbors, and keep the remaining third to distribute among those who came to beg him for food.
Given the above, a Muslim is allowed to send his udhiyah, or parts of it, to feed the hungry people of a particular country who are starving due to their poor condition the difficult financial situation they are facing.
Responding to this issue, Dr. Monzer Kahf, a prominent economist and counselor, states the following:
Yes, of course if you can be assured that it will reach the poor who are under pain and suffering because of the war. This is doubly rewarded in sha‘ Allah as it helps people who are under double stress.
Moreover, Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent scholar, states the following:
It is absolutely permissible for Muslims to send their udhiyah, or a part of it, to the hungry, suffering, and needy Somali people. This is a form of cooperation in goodness and righteousness. Allah Almighty says:[And cooperate with one another towards righteousness and piety and do not cooperate towards sinfulness and aggression](Al-Ma’idah 5:2).