I took part in dishing out Qurbani packs to the refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow two days after Eid al-Adha. Us sisters worked hard all morning packing the rice, ginger and garlic into containers before having to rush over to the West End of town where the brothers were struggling to bag the amount of Qurbani which had been very generously donated by many of our brothers and sisters all over Scotland.
Qurbani is a sacrifice that is offered at Eid al-Adha and is then distributed to the poor and needy. SIF this year felt that we should extend this out with our own community and contribute to those in need in and around Glasgow, especially at the Community Centre at Kingsway Court, with help from the Scottish Refugee Council.
Throughout the day we handed out around 250 of these bags and met with those who had come to receive it. It was a very humbling experience and a good reminder that although many of us had celebrated Eid with our friends and families a few days before that there were plenty of others who did not have the same luxuries as us. It is always good to get back to the basics of good old team work for a worthy cause which we seem to get less and less of a chance to do.
Posted by Gail Lythgoe