Father of five Ajmal Khan from Pakistan has a visual impairment which has meant that he is unable to find a job and struggles to support his family.

“I cannot get a proper job due to my visual disability, and my children are too young to work or help… my visual impairment is the biggest challenge for me as I can’t take care of my children like other parents. If they get sick I am unable to take them to hospital, if they need help with chores, I would just end up creating more difficulties”, says Ajmal.

“Sometimes my children have to sleep with empty bellies and more often than not my wife and I have to fast to survive the day.

“We don’t have the money to do qurbani ourselves, but we agree with its essence. Eid al-Adha is of great importance to us because it provides us with the opportunity to eat meat and also to connect with Allah and thank Him for all the blessings He has provided to us”, says Ajmal.

Receiving the gift of qurbani offers relief to Ajmal and his family

“Our routine on Eid is similar to all other days, the only difference is we have meat to eat. We cannot afford meat throughout the rest of the year.

“We try to make the food as nice as possible to make our children happy. We try to cook the meat in small quantities in combination with other vegetables. This way our children can have nutritious food for an entire month.

“Islamic Relief’s meat distribution is a source of happiness for people in our community because this allows them to join in the Eid festivities like everyone else. The meat packs put smiles on our children’s faces”, says Ajmal.

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