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Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy: Let the Qurbani of Eid ul Adha retain its spirituality, celebrating the spirit of Hazrat Ibrahim’s sacrifice


The callousness Muslims display towards animals would give the impression that Islam is indifferent to the fate of animals

By Sultan Shahin, Founder-Editor, New Age Islam

13 September 2016

Today is the holiest day in the Muslim calendar. It marks the "Festival of the Sacrifice", known as Eid al-Azha or Baqr Eid, celebrated at the end of Hajj.

Eid al-Azha has great spiritual significance. It is a celebration of Prophet Ibrahim’s total surrender to God’s will. When God asked him to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, went so far as to bring his beloved child to the metaphorical sacrificial block. However, Prophet Ibrahim’s son was replaced by a lamb which got sacrificed instead.  It was merely the intention of sacrifice that God required.

“It is not their flesh, nor their blood, that reaches Allah; but your devotion will reach Him (Quran 2:196; 2:28. 35 -37)

The significance of this is obvious. God is clearly telling Muslims that it is not the sacrifice which will please God, but their “devotion.” Unfortunately, it is this very dimension that is missing in today’s festivities. Sacrifice, in the manner God intended, would require sacrificing something dear to you. It should not merely be a ritual of buying goats and sheep and killing them in such large numbers that their meat can’t even be consumed, as happens every year in Saudi Arabia. 












Today marks the "festival of the sacrifice", known as Eid al-Adha or Baqr Eid, celebrated at the end of Hajj. (Photo credit: Reuters)

Prophet Mohammad was very emphatic in his views on animal sacrifice: “if you MUST kill, kill without torture.” Unfortunately, this admonition is also ignored. The two million animals that were sacrificed in Saudi Arabia at the end of Hajj yesterday had been brought to the country in most horrible conditions, many of them dying en route.

 I personally witnessed the torture animals go through when I was in Karachi on Baqr Eid, a few years ago. The whole city appeared to have turned into a slaughter house. One could hear the cries of goats and sheep for days before Eid, while they were still being traded in city squares and even in roundabouts on major arterial roads. The animals apparently knew what fate was awaiting them. It was the obscenity of the whole scene that I cannot forget. Baqr Eid, the holiest of days, had descended into an orgy of blood-letting, with the “devotion” that God requires completely missing.

The callousness we Muslims display towards animals would give the impression that the religion of Islam is indifferent to the fate of animals. In fact, Islam requires Muslims to protect, not just Human Rights, but Huqooq ul Ibaad or the rights of all creations of God.

Huqooq ul Ibaad is considered so important that it is given primacy even over Huqooq Allah or our duties towards God. While God may forgive us for our transgressions, given his Benevolent and Merciful nature, His creations will not even recognise us on the Day of Judgement. So we must fulfil our duties towards creations of God in this very world, since we cannot hope for forgiveness from them on the Day of Judgement.

Muslims should also remember the conduct of the Prophet in treating animals with kindness. On many occasions, during his journeys, he delayed prayers for the sake of first relieving the animals of their burden, and giving them food and water. He would refuse to lead prayers until animals were looked after first. He told several stories of people being forgiven all their sins for having shown consideration for a dog or a cat. According to Imam Abu Dawud, the Prophet forbade the hitting of animals on their faces and branding them. He also forbade sports based on animal fights.

Multiple instances of this concern for animals can also be found throughout the Quran. The story of Prophet Salih, told in the Quran (6: 73 and 7: 77-78), involves the destruction of the Thalmud, a nation whose people killed a she-camel against the express orders of Prophet Salih (pbuh). The story of Prophet Noah’s Flood, as described in the Quran, clearly states that Prophet Noah was asked to first load a pair of all animals and then his followers.

Contemporary Muslims clearly need to learn from their scriptures, follow the Prophet, and stop this cruelty to animals.

 

The situation is changing for the better, at least in some places. The blood orgy in Karachi is having a salutary effect. Some people in Pakistan have stopped sacrificing animals and started giving money to charity on the advice of some Islamic scholars. I know of a few individuals in India who have also started this practice. Hopefully, encouraged by the South Asian Muslim media, this will eventually become the norm.


Sultan Shahin is the founder-editor of a Delhi-based progressive Islamic website NewAgeIslam.com


This article appeared first in India Today’s online newspaper Daily O.

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  1. Royal Ji, Bravo. Gandhi Ji did not know that a time will come when animals will be treated better than the human being or better than the Muslims. So he said, what he said.
    By Mohit K. 23/07/2018 22:27:19
  2. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated - M.K.Gandhi
    By Royalj 23/07/2018 22:02:54
  3. What about thousands of SIKHS, men, women and children tortured and Killed by the Rulers who were followed of Islam. Unparalleled torture was unleashed on the Sikhs. If it was not sanctioned by Islam, why the present Muslims condemn that and say that something Islamic had happened. That will go a long way to create social harmony.
    By Nirmal Singh Singh 25/09/2016 21:11:12
  4. Iqbal Husain dont try to pls your sinful orgies by saying plants too have life , a zakir naik the sinners and evil must be your guru i guess lol. agreed they have life but so do poisionous plants,stones ,mountains etc so why not eat them too lol scientifically proved ,their you have sense isnt it not to eat stones ,poisonous plants etc so similarly mudering someone and eating is sinful and medically red meats beef pork goats sheeps meat all harmful that is also scientific and more scientific cannibalist imprisoned say chids meat more tasty so start eating that esp starr from your children .kyun kua hua shock laga ,jis bakre ki wajah se ibrahims son saved that bakra and its breed you should be thankful but look at your sin you murder it and that too for orgy thinking GOD will be happy shame on you ,which god can be happy w this dreadful shocking sitd only a devil can so God has given you brains ie eat what is best ie plants first and then if not available then can eat animals for hunger and not to murder for orgy or sacrifice this jungle or natures law even jungle animals and all good muslims amd otger religion know but what a shame humans esp radical muslims dont know so stop the madness and satisfying yourself w a lie like zakir that all is scientific ,hope your ignorance gone and you will repent in prayers or the loss will be yours.amen
    By Chandan Pandit 25/09/2016 21:05:32
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    But actually  language should help a person to express the correct content of his feelings. Use of 'bastard' serves well to convey contempt for rascals, at least for old hands, like me. May be future generation will have to look for some other word because bastard may become an honorific signifying liberation of womankind.
    By Manzurul Haque 24/09/2016 08:59:40