From Issue 2 of the New Muslim Project Newsletter


 

Upon taking on the role to support reverts and new Muslims across Aotearoa, the New Muslim Project hoped to play a part in bringing happiness and goodwill in the name of God to reverts on the joyous occasion of Eid Al-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice). To do so, the Project decided to share with reverts across Auckland the spirituality and abundance brought about by the udhiya (sacrifice) of lamb requested by God on this day.

“Part of celebrating Eid Al-Adha also means giving up some of our own bounties in order to strengthen ties of friendship and kinship, as well as to help those who are in need,” reflected the Udhiya report. “We recognise that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others. What better way than distribute the sacrificed animals to new Muslims in order for them to feel and celebrate Eid Al-Adha in a more collective and festive way to highlight the importance of the Islamic festival?”

Funded by the U.A.E. Red Crescent, the first distribution began in Auckland, where the NMP succeeded in distributing the udhiya gift to reverts from diverse backgrounds such as New Zealand, Russia, Georgia, Ireland and elsewhere. This covered reverts living in the CBD, North Short, East, West, and South of Auckland.

Converts receiving their udhiya gifts