Toronto Muslims Donate Two Tons of Meat to Food Bank as Eid Offering

February 1, 2005

Source: Toronto Star

On February 1, 2005 the Toronto Star reported, "Toronto's Muslim community has set the table for thousands of needy families by donating over two tonnes of beef to the Daily Bread Food Bank. The gift was presented to the Toronto food bank yesterday in celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. 'In our way we are contributing to the Canadian way of life,' said Shah Husain, the treasurer for DawaNet, a Toronto Muslim network that arranged to collect the funds for the meat on 'Usually we were sending money to our home countries,' said Husain. He said traditionally the millions of Muslims who take part in haj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, buy tickets to help pay for the slaughter of animals for the needy. 'This year, we said we were going to do this for all communities,' said Husain. For $135, Toronto Muslims could purchase one-seventh of an animal to be donated to the food bank. Offers poured in from across Toronto, along with a few donations from Newfoundland and the United States, and 2,200 kilograms of beef were purchased."