Muslims, Please Spare the Animals This Eid


By Bina Ahmad and Farah Akbar

 

The first encounter that many Muslims across the world have with animals often comes from the celebrations of a joyous religious holiday – Eid-ul-Azha.  In many Muslim countries, families purchase a goat, cow or other domesticated animal from an animal market weeks before the holiday.  In some cultures, family members affectionately decorate the animal with flower necklaces, paint and colorful beads.   Children often become attached to the creature stemming from the natural affinity that kids have for animals.   However, when the day of Eid-ul-Azha comes, it can be a traumatic and heartbreaking experience for a child – the pet that they had lovingly bonded with is slaughtered with a sharp knife while it is fully conscious and in many cases, the slaughtering takes place on the actual grounds of the family’s home.   The meat of the animal is then typically distributed three ways: one-third for oneself, one-third for friends and family and one-third for the poor.

For three days, Muslims slaughter animals in commemoration of the prophet Abraham’s (peace be upon him) willingness to sacrifice his own son for the sake of God.  As Abraham was about to slay his son Ishmael (peace be upon him) which he believed came as a direct order from God, a sheep appeared before him in place of his son.

Muslims have a duty both religiously and culturally to evolve with scientific and moral progress.  The meaning behind Eid-ul-Azha will always stand, but in today’s world, we must look at things practically.  We must take into consideration the undeniable cruelty involved in killing millions of God’s creations, how environmentally damaging it is to raise animals for food, how unhealthy meat is for human consumption, and the lack of an actual requirement in Islam to eat meat.   Muslims, especially those of us that live in the Western world, have a duty to end the animal sacrifice of Eid-ul-Azha and replace our good intentions in other ways.

We hope it is no secret now that the majority of meat in this country is produced on factory farms.  Unfortunately, much of the halal meat consumed in the country also has origins from factory farms as well.

Factory farming is the practice of maximizing profit for agribusiness by minimizing costs spent on space and the general quality of life for the animals, resulting in confining animals into incredibly crowded and cramped cages in filthy conditions.   Cows are often burned with hot irons and have their horns cut off, without anesthesia.  Veal calves, a natural by-product of the dairy industry whose mother’s milk is consumed by humans, are deliberately kept anemic to keep their flesh pale as this is considered a delicacy, and are confined to wooden boxes their entire lives without room to lay down or fully stretch their legs.  Most of these animals never see the light of day, walk on grass, or do anything natural to them their entire lives.  Undercover footage has also revealed that oftentimes these animals are beaten and abused by employees and suffer through long and stressful transports.  All these practices are in violation of Islamic teachings as it is unlawful (haram) to consume the flesh of an animal that has been beaten, branded or mutilated.

Factory Farming takes the lead as the worst environmentally damaging and resource wasting industry. This practice of intensively confining animals onto as small a space of land as possible causes enormous detriment to the soil and local water sources.    It further necessitates the use of antibiotics in the animal feed since the animals are kept in such horrid and cramped conditions that they would die of disease if they were not given such drugs.   All of this stays in the animals post slaughter – in their flesh, in the local water and of course, winds up in human bodies. Factory farming has also been cited time and time again as the worst environmental polluter above all other industries, necessitating the United Nations to publish a recent report urging the move towards vegetarian and vegan diets based on factory farming’s devastating contribution to green house gas emissions, soil erosion and contamination with industrial pollutants, water contamination and incredible waste of water above all other industries.  (www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet)

In addition, U.S. law does not prohibit feeding farm animals the byproducts of the slaughterhouse industry.   In 2003, 8 million metric tons of meat and bone meal, poultry byproduct meal, blood meal, and feather meal were mixed into animal feed and fed to farm animals (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.9760).  Even worse, many animals are allowed to eat the meat of their own species. (http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/impacts_industrial_agriculture/they-eat-what-the-reality-of.html)   These practices are in grave violation of Islamic teachings which forbid the consumption of carnivorous animals.  While it is true that some halal slaughterhouses try their best to ensure that the animals they slaughter are raised according to Islamic teachings, many are unaware of the origins of the animals that they sell to consumers, focusing instead only on the manner in which the animal is killed.   (http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout&cid=1178724246679)

Eating too much eat is not good for your health either.  Studies upon studies have revealed to us that eating red meat in excess increases our risks of developing cardiovascular diseases and developing cancer. We are only about five percent of the world’s population yet we grow and kill an astonishing 10 billion animals a year – more than 15 percent of the world’s total. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html)

While meat production and consumption is much less in Muslim countries compared to that of the United States, those in the Muslim world should also remain cautious:  in many parts of the world, the festivities of Eid-ul-Azha bring along with it an increase in illness.  For example, according to the Daily Star newspaper in Bangladesh, the number of individuals being admitted to hospitals increases by about 10 percent during this time of year brought on by a gluttonous consumption of meat.  (http://newshopper.sulekha.com/meat-intake-during-eid-makes-dhaka-medicos-see-red_news_1127916.htm)

Meat-eating is not a requirement of Islam.  In fact, according to Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, the prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) could have been categorized as a “semi-vegetarian.”  He has said that traditionally, Muslims only ate meat once a week if they were wealthy or middle class.   Regarding the Eid-ul-Azha sacrifice, Egyptian Islamic scholar Gamal Al Banna states:  “In today’s modern world, ideas and religion change and Islam is no different. We must not remain rigid in our understanding of faith to mean the blind acceptance of anything, killing living beings included. There is no obligation to kill.” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/aug/26/meat-islam-vegetarianism-ramadan)

The holy Quran says of the sacrifice that, “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (S22:vs37) But showing piety and devotion to Allah can be expressed in many other forms.  We can do so much more to help the needy by simply redirecting the money that would have gone towards the purchase of an animal for slaughter and using it for other longer lasting and more beneficial purposes.  The money can go towards building schools in poor countries or even be used to build hospitals in places where access to medical care is difficult.

It is time for Muslims to think about whether this yearly mass-slaughter of animals is really keeping in the spirit of Islam – a religion that advocates kindness towards animals, instructs us to take care of the planet and teaches us to eat in moderation and take care of our health.  This Eid, before you purchase an animal for sacrifice here or abroad, please consider celebrating the holiday without the needless slaughtering of Allah’s creatures.

 

 

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62 thoughts on “Muslims, Please Spare the Animals This Eid

  1. I think the writers here are on the right track, but the wrong train. I agree that we should, for all the reasons they outline, reduce or eliminate the consumption of animals. Indeed, I believe the whole purpose of the Eid ritual is to remind ourselves of the sacred responsibilities we have towards ourselves, the planet on which we live, and the animals with whom we share it.
    But let’s not ignore God’s commandment on this day and be lax the rest of the year. Let’s use this day to eat meat and remind ourselves of the heavy burden our meat industry is placing on us, and shake their hold on nutrition every other day. This way, we continue to remind ourselves, daily, of God’s dominion over the planet and our responsibilities as viceregent over that dominion.
    …in short, go easy on the meat–the OTHER 364 days of the year. But not today. Today, really remind yourself of the sacrifice that eating meat entails, and commit to reducing or eliminating your meat consumption–tomorrow.

    And Eid Mubarak!

    • Salaams,

      Yes I agree with Hasan. I think the general point about meat consumption is valid and I myself was vegetarian for many years and am now basically pesco-vegetarian But I’m still very open and sympathetic to the position that performing qurbani is obligatory and physically recreating abraham’s sacrifice seems like a powerful and meaningful symbol that I wouldn’t necessarily want to throw away only due to nutritional reasons.

    • stupid thinking. the day is for sacrifice and not killing innocent animals. for prophet god replaced sheep for his son. you try with your son. may be god will also replace sheep. if not you are not worthy of his blessings and you will understand what this killing means. stupid as you can be.

    • since hundreds of years we have been celebrating this festival but surprizingly in all those years Number of domestic animals in world has NOT DECREASED infact it has increased. ..these domestic animals have quick reproductive cycle. ..and by not doing sacrifice muslims will forget the sunah of Prophet Ibraheem Alaih salam wich is greater sin. ..

    • Thank you Ruwayda, for reading the article and for giving your feedback on it.
      In regards to where we mention that animals are purchased “weeks” before the slaughter, we did mention that it happened in “many” Muslim countries, not all. This is something that I have personally seen and I know this does occur, especially in South Asian countries.
      Second, we say that “children often become attached” to the sacrificial animals. This is something that we, the writers, have either experienced or have heard other Muslims tell us. What evidence can we really provide to prove this?
      We have not stated that meat is not nutritious. We are simply saying that there are other ways that the money that is used to purchase animals can be used – ways that can go
      a lot further to help the needy than by just giving them a meal.

      • Salam to you both, Bina and Farah and congrats on your brilliant article re,. animal sacrifice. I actually became Muslim partly because of its obligation to be compassionate towards our fellow creatures. Your writing is full of compelling reasons for us to stop eating meat and animal products. So many people are becoming vegan overnight including many famous people who have the ability to think. I read that there was a sufi saint who stated t hat eating animals is our failure of compassion towards animals. It also interferes with our spiritual well being and spiritual advancement. Thank you both so so much for your article.

  2. Well said, Hasan. I have visited famililies in several countries who only eat meat on Eid al Adha. This day is seen by many poor people who cannot afford meat daily as a reminder of the largesse of their Muslim brothers and sisters and as proof of the bounty and generosity of Allah. See Surah 22, verse 36 (feed the poor and the begger).

    Lastly, Surah 22 verse 37 is used out of context and the given meaning is misleading. During the time of Jahiliyyah, when they offered sacrifices to their gods, they would put some of the meat of their sacrifices on their idols, and sprinkle the blood over them. When this was mentioned to the Messenger (PBUH) Allah revealed ” It is neither their meat nor their blood…” (See Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

  3. Wajaht and all other pseudo intellectuals, if you really have balls then you guys should turn to vegetarian all of sudden and stop eating animal food in your life. Be a man please!

  4. I was censored. la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah. So if you make corrections and point out Islamic inaccuracies your replies won’t get posted? The exchange of ideas, and constructive criticism is banned from this site.

  5. If the author is vegetarian, then I agree limiting meat from one’s diet is a healthier means of living. However, that is a lifestyle choice and not in any way related to a religious obligation perscribed by God. The references that the author put in the article about eating meat once a week was due to economic hardships on raising animals in the desert. It was by no means perscribed being ‘semi-vegetarian’ as a religious duty. I do agree there should be practices put in place by the muslim world in raising these animals in a more humane way, but removing the practice altogether is not the answer. Therefore, let’s not confuse a lifestyle choice with the correct way of fulfilling an obligation. Don’t hate on the bakra.

    “don’t make wudu because we should save water”…priceless.

  6. I’ve noticed a number of these ‘don’t slaughter/save the animals this eid’ blah blah blah type articles this Eid. I mean I’m sorry but 90% of humans on the earth are carnivores. We eat meat. There might be a few that don’t ,like religious hindus or wealthier westerners (that can afford to make up the nutrition in meat in other ways). The rest of us can’t afford to not to eat meat and for the majority meat is a luxury and something to look forward to. Some people like to think their meat just comes like that, all generic like, in plastic wrap at your local supermarket. And they conveniently forget that people are slaughtering animals 24/7 everywhere and in the most inhumane methods. Islamic law ensures ethical slaughtering and feeding of animals. This sacrifice on Eid also requires that we give 1/3 of that meat to the poor and 1/3 to friends and family and the last for ourselves. Can you imagine the amount of sharing that is going on today if all 1.5 billion Muslims are giving meat to so many of the world’s poor. If you are personally a vegetarian for health reasons, you can still give money to have the sacrifice done in your name in a poor country. Believe me, having meat is an extremely joyous and happy occasion there. Sometimes it’s the only meat they eat all year.

    We have to be careful to not always look at Islamic traditions through a ‘Western lens’. For Muslims, saying ‘don’t do a sacrifice’, is like saying to an American ‘don’t have turkey on thanksgiving, save the turkeys!’ uhhhhhh wth doesn’t make sense right. Especially because those animals are raised for eating and this is part of American tradition. So stop beating up Islamic traditions with non-rational and yes, hypocritical arguments. Thanks.

  7. Thank you everyone for reading the article and posting your thoughts. I am the co-author of this article. First, I disagree that saying we should stop this slaughter for the several reasons listed in the article is the same as saying don’t do wudu to save water. As we stated in the article, meat production is the number one environmental polluter and consumer of water than any other industry. It takes roughly 200 times more water to make a pound of beef than to make a pound of potatoes (David Pimentel in the book Ecological Integrity: Integrating Environment, Conservation and Health). Making wudu does not in any way come close to wasting water in the way the meat industry wastes water.

    Secondly, meat is expensive because it is an expensive product to make, the amount of land and water resources used to make meat (as I stated above) completely outweigh the resources required to make vegetables and grains.

    Third, yes it is similar to saying don’t eat turkey on thanksgiving (as I personally advocate) because just because something is a ritual does not justify the devastating environmental affects, negative health impact, and cruelty in mass slaughtering billions of animals. We as a just and compassionate human society challenge rituals all the time.

    Fourth, as we stated above, instead of giving meat to the poor (which will only last a few days), we can give money to build schools and hospitals and infrastructure, things that will last longer than one meal.

    Fifth, I also do not believe that this is simply a lifestyle choice when the environmental impacts affect all of us, and the cruelty to the animals obviously affects the animals as well.

    Sixth, the Qur’an DOES in fact teach kindness towards animals, as well as a mandate upon humanity to learn and grow, and constantly evolve. With what we now know about the impacts of the meat industry on our health, environment, and God’s creatures, don’t we at least have a duty to question our practices?

    Finally, the opening personal story is also my personal experience as well, as it is of several other Muslims I know. My family did purchase a goat several weeks before Eid, I became incredibly attached to this new “pet” and was horrified when I learned what had happened to it.

    I sincerely am grateful that everyone here is engaging in this discussion and willing to share their thoughts. I simply ask that we listen to each other and come together as a compassionate and educated community in this discussion.

    -Bina

  8. Salaams Bina,

    I think you have a really compelling argument most days of the year but qurbani *is* an established practce which many hold to be an obligation from Allah. While Thanksgiving is, at most, just a cultural custom. So I think it is great if, as a society, we radically cut down our meat eating, and you might even argue that this is the timeliest season to have that conversation, I do think telling Muslims to not slaughter animals for Eid is closer to saying that we save water by not doing wudu than it is to saying Americans shouldn’t have turkey for thanksgiving.

    http://planetgrenada.blogspot.com/2006/03/where-is-beef.html

    http://planetgrenada.blogspot.com/2006/01/qurbani.html

  9. As for most of the animals used for sacrifices back home (pakistan) are raised in villages .. and not in a way that you’ve accused here; that is most likely to be american conditions. Ask american authorities on their systems; dont blame muslims for that :>

    And I failed to understand the extremely-attached-to-their-new-pets phenomena too; we all are deemed to part with our loved ones at one point in life … isn’t that a big part in knowing the essence of sacrifice too?

    • Would you sacrifice your child – your own flesh and blood for a ritual? To you, these are just animals with no feelings, no right to live? Beings who share the same organs as you and I do? When sacrifice your own child and allow cannibals to feast on your child, then rightfully, take the lives of animals for your celebrations.

  10. Surely factory farming is wrong, if not sinful. Neither is there anything wrong with vegetarianism. I would also concede that vegetarianism is the better deal for this precious, small blue planet we have been blessed with.
    However, the association between slaughter and meat consumption is an important one that is thoroughly bypassed if your meat comes to you in a package. I daresay a child whose “pet” was slaughtered for food is presumably more likely to embrace vegetarianism then one who never experienced slaughter, of a pet or otherwise.
    Lastly, the idea of charity being enshrined in an annual holiday seems to me ( An American of Christian descent ) a wholly honorable and commendable notion that ought be expanded upon, even if the medium of the message needs to be the flesh of animals for some of the practitioners of said charity.

  11. Something that has stood out for me is the lets donate money and build schools instead of giving a meal because it lasts longer. But what is the point of giving money and building schools if people are dying of starvation and diseases related to their inability to consume all the nutrients they need.
    I agree that the world as a whole needs to cut down on our consumption of meat due to the factory farming component, as well as the humane aspect (I am a vet student so for me that is important). However, we are omnivores we need to balance our diets with both proteins, vegetables, and carbohydrates. There are many non-meat sources of protein however, you forget to mention that our incredible use of land to mass produce such products as corn and soybeans. Or the fact that we no long rotate our crops are also destroying our land and using up large quantities of water. If we returned to our family farming of meat it would reduce the need for factory farming and inhumane methods of housing and slaughter.
    Also we had chickens that I grew attached to and saw my mother slaughter, but I also understood that that is life. Death is all around us, children die everyday from their inability to have a proper balanced meal, why are we not outraged at that? (Again I am a vet student and just as passionate about animal rights, and the humane treatment of animals, but my point is there are kids and families dying from their inability to have a balanced meal)
    If family farming isn’t an option why not raise awareness of buying products that are local, so that you know where you get your meat from. In ireland, if you buy local meats you get the name of the farmer and where their farm is located so you have the source of your meat.
    Also you forgot the hadith where the prophet mentioned that you would get no greater rewards for not consuming meat, or only spending your life in worship and nothing else, or embracing celibacy. Our lives should be about moderation. If you choose to consume meat, consume it wisely and make sure that it is coming from organic, local (if possible) sources, and humane situations. If you choose to be vegetarian or vegan do not be condescending to those who choose to consume meat, it is your choice to not consume it as it is ours to consume it. If your concerns are environmental or regarding animal rights then speak on those without sounding like a PETA advertisement.

  12. Finally, an article about meat consumption among Muslims. The main point we should take out of this article is not surrounding the Eid-ul-Adha slaughter, but rather some facts about the meat industry. In my experience I have noticed that Muslims in the United States are eating meat excessively. Just because something is halal for us does not mean that it needs to be excessively consumed considering the facts surrounding meat production and the environment. It is our responsibility to engage in activities that are helpful to our environment and our health. If something is clearly not good for us, we should refrain from it or eat it in moderation. I am not advocating vegetarianism, but moderation. I was a vegetarian for one year and it was very interesting to hear all the comments from fellow Muslims. I went back to eating meat, but defintely not to the extent that others do. The authors stated it very well that it is our “duty both religiously and culturally to evolve with scientific and moral progress”.

  13. My muslim brothers and sisters, as a true muslim i’ll have to say this, allah is the creator and preserver right?, then why kill his own creations as sacrifice to him?, most of our brothers and sisters who try to become a true muslim are fooled by prophet abraham, prophet abraham killed it because he thought it was the right way to show allah his devotion to him, it wasn’t allah’s command!, so may allah have mercy for you all on this deadly sin we are commiting, but now may i ask, do we believe in allah or in the prophets?

    • Truly you speak of humanity and compassion. A prophet is one who sees, hears and feels not just for himself but for the rest of human and animal kind! I salute you!

  14. first of all tell me who are these ? beena ahmad and farah khan
    what is their qualification? what they do?
    in islam there can’t be any change, we have to follow point by point as HAZRAT MOHAMMAD S.A.W. told us, what quran said, what hadees said, there is no correction to be done, Islam is a complete and true religion, ALLAH and RASOOL knew every thing from begining till end of earth

    why horse dose not eat meat, why lion does not eat grass, why we eat both vegetable and meat, because nature has given different types of system to different types of animals , we can digest both types, what people will do where vegetables can’t be grown

    IF U WANT TO STOP SLAUHTERING U SHOULD STOP USING ANIMAL PRODUCTS

    DON’T USE leather shoes bags purse jackets
    Allah made orders that people who are able give poors in form of fitra, jakat, qurbaani

    AS I THINK BOTH OF YOU ARE AGAINST ISLAM AND MUSLMAN SO BOTH OF YOU SHOULD BE SLAUGHTERED THIS EID

    • And here is where war is created! Terrible. “As long as there are slaughter houses there shall be battlefields! Yeah, go ahead and slaughter people too so we are rid of the miserable humanity that confines beings for slaughtering…

    • you should be ashamed of yourself! do not talk of what our beloved prophet saw would have wanted or not when you are the exact opposite of what his example has been. HE would be ashamed and heartbroken for your comment!

    • To “SHOZEF” in response to your following 2 comments “AS I THINK BOTH OF YOU ARE AGAINST ISLAM AND MUSLMAN SO BOTH OF YOU SHOULD BE SLAUGHTERED THIS EID” and “SLAUGHTER THESE TWO THIS EID”.

      Are what you suggested in your comments above prescribed in your great religion? Is no dissent, no comments, no observations, no suggestions, etc. allowed in your religion? And does anyone who disagrees with some aspects of Islam or makes good suggestions become automatically elligible for “SLAUGHTER”?

  15. Assalam-o-Alaikum!

    Bina Ahmed and Farah Akbar, if you’re from Pakistan then you must know factory-farming is not done in Pakistan. The government only permits slaughterhouses where animals are slaughtered according to Islamic ways. Moreover, I would prefer semi-vegetarian and semi-meat eating diet because “eating halal meat” is not something which is present in other religions. Lastly, Surah Kausar Ayat 2 in the Quran clearly states that: “Do Sacrifice and Offer Prayers”.

    So, I request you not to corrupt the minds of Muslims. The sacrifice on Eid-ul-Azha is Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi and every Sahib-e-Nisab has to do it.

    May ALLAH guide us all to the straight path. Ameen.

  16. i believe that the commendment says that we should be always ready to sacrifice our dearest thing for the sake of Almighty.. This is what is the spiritual aspect of the Great religious commandment.. one should sacrifice anything… whether it is money, property, or even self(with whom one loves most) for the sake of GOD and His people but.. well i appreciate this article and support it…

  17. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    i believe that the commendment says that we should be always ready to sacrifice our dearest thing for the sake of Almighty.. This is what is the spiritual aspect of the Great religious commandment.. one should sacrifice anything… whether it is money, property, or even self(with whom one loves most) for the sake of GOD and His people but.. well i appreciate this article and support it

  18. कृपया इस लेख को हिन्दी-उर्दू में भी प्रकाशित करें और मुझे उसका लिंक दें, मैं स्थानीय हिन्दी भाषी लोगों को पढ़ाना चाहता हूँ। आपके द्वारा यहाँ प्रकाशित इस लेख को मैंने ‘गूगल ट्रांसलेट’ पर अनुवाद करके पढ़ने की कोशिश की लेकिन सही ढंग से अनुवाद न होने के कारण ज्यादा बेहतर ढंग से समझ में नहीं आया। इस लेख को मैंने हिन्दी में प्रकाशित होने वाले अखबार ‘हिंदुस्तान’ में पढ़ा था।

  19. Hindus also performed large scale ritual sacrifices in ancient and medieval times….but later on they have understood god doesn’t want cruelty to animals in public .rather he demands sacrifice of evil deeds and thoughts and at last full submission to almighty…………..with time we all need to evolve and thats also true with the Muslims.

  20. السلام علیکم
    مجھے امید ہے کہ آپ سب اردو پڑھ، لکھ اور سمجھ سکتے ہیں
    آپ نے اپنی تحریر میں اسلامی اصطلاحات کا استعمال کیا ہے آپ کے نزدیک ان کا مطلب کیا ہے۔
    قربانی؟
    آپ کے نزدیک حلال اور حرام کی تعریف کیا ہے؟
    (S22:vs37) کا فہم آپ نے کہاں سے لیا ہے؟
    آپ کے فلسفے کے مطابق کسی ملک میں کون بتائے گا کہ گوشت کی ضرورت کتنی ہے اور کس کے حکم سے قربانی کا عمل انجام دیا جائے گا۔
    محترم بہن میرا خیال ہے کہ آپ نے Factory farming اور قربانی کے عمل کو ملا دیا ہے۔ حالانکہ ہم سب بخوبی جانتے ہیں کہ ان دونوں عوامل کے پیچھے لوگ اور ان کی سوچ کا فرق زمین وآسمان جتناہے۔

  21. Thugs like the ones here inciting violence and threatening the writers should be rounded up and investigated by anti-terrorism squads

  22. shozef you should be ashamed of yourself. the prophet muhammad saw would have never argued in this manner and would have been ashamed for you. he accepted different opinions and never allowed anyone to react in an aggressive or even slightly hostile way to anything. even when he was being threatened he was always polite and even caring towards his antagonizers. what youre doing is not islamic. saying someone should be slaughtered for what they think! i think youve had too much of meat and too little of vegetables in the past. its making you want to kill people. or perhaps its the coffee. would you consider taking decaf in the future? and perhaps some therapy to go with it?!

  23. Although I admire many beautiful things in Islam, I reject the animal sacrifice. It is not necessary to remember God or Abraham (pbuh) by killing millions of animals. I actually think all ritual animal sacrifice is demonic in origin. It’s interesting that Isa/Jesus (pbuh) said, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” If I am wrong about any of what I have said here, may Allah show me better.

  24. In fact there is hardly any other religious festival that equals the positive contribution as the festival of Eid al Adha.
    In short, Sacrifice is worship conducted on Allah’s command and which must be carried without seeking any reason. But at the same time Sacrifice has great positive impacts on the economy, society and the poor. We should make efforts to make better use of this great Islamic festival.

    I have a long reply as English is not my mother tongue and its difficult for me to express in limited words….so bear with me 🙂

    Whatever Allah told us do, is the righteous thing to do.
    As far as animal rights and killing animals is concerned, all rules are governed by Allah, not by humans, because He is the creator and He knows what is best for us. Allah told us to sacrifice animals like camel, cow, goat or sheep….. He is not asking us to slaughter horse, elephant, chicken, lion, dog, cat, birds etc etc……..because He knows the wisdom behind the sacrifice of mentioned animals. Similarly all vegetables are living being, but Allah allowed us to eat vegetables,…. so we eat vegetable…. Allah knows what is best for us.
    Do you think, we are going to decide what is halal and what is haram by ourselves….. or in other words what we should do and what we should not….what is right and what is wrong…… its not like this… it simply is whatever Allah allow us to eat, we can eat that, whether its meat, vegetable, milk, bread or whatever. Similarly Allah told us to do sacrifice of animals that He mentioned,… we will do that sacrifice…… We can not define what to sacrifice and what not to,…. we should not define which animal to slaughter and which not to….. Only Allah defines this, as He knows us more than we do…..since He is our Creator.

    Allah has given clear guideline of how to do charity in different forms,
    and we have to follow that……for example… He told us about cleaning our wealth by giving zakat, giving us no choice to give less zakat or omit zakat or to slaughter animal instead of giving zakat…….Allah told us when to give fitra as charity……Allah told us when to slaughter, how to slaughter and what to slaughter as sacrifice & charity.
    Similarly Allah also told us to do other optional kind of charities besides the fixed ones, all the time, depending on personal choice,… like opening hospital or educating a child …or feeding poor ….or helping people in distress.. ….cheer up someone…. or just pass a smile to a fellow is also a charity of good deed ……..So overall Allah has set guidelines for everything…… Some charities are to be done in some fixed parameters, on some fixed time and fixed amount like zakat, animal slaughter, fitra,….. while other charities can be done all the time round the clock, in 24 hours of 364 days of the year….. Some are optional some are mandatory and must….. Allah knows the best , He is the decider of every logic behind His commands.
    ——Some people understands the logic behind the commands of Allah easily,—— while others takes time to understand——-and while few just do not understand at all. —— Therefore only thing to remember is that a Muslim follow Allah’s command, because he believes in Allah and trust Allah. Allah has a reason & logic in the sacrifice of Eid ul Azha.
    Its only that we do not realize the chain of benefits behind this sacrifice of slaughtering animals.

    It generate a chain of economic growth to poor every year….. in most Asian countries village people and people who are not doctors and engineers, rare animals…… they bring it to cities and earn their livelihood …… Farmers & vendors earn their living by providing food & grass to these animals. Butchers & transporters earn their living through the services they provide, poor and needy men, women & children get food through this, leather industry & its workers get jobs through this, students of poor and lower middle class get their educational expenses covered by the money generated by the skin of these animals .

    Plus many more benefits which our eyes are unable to see.
    In this festival, a Muslim who is capable presents the sacrifice of animal for Allah’s pleasure. Though the meat of the slaughtered animal is the feast from Allah, but Allah observes the intention and sincerity of man. As Allah says in Holy Quran, “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. (Chapter: 22, verse: 37)
    This sacrifice consists of sincerity, honesty . Sacrifice is not only to slaughter an animal but it is emotions of piety and its goal is to seek Allah’s closeness.
    This sacrifice consists of sincerity, honesty and piety. Sacrifice is not only to slaughter an animal but it is emotions of piety and its goal is to seek Allah’s closeness.

    It is not the sign of violence, and not the waste of money and capital.

    Wastage of money means to keep it in a way that no one can benefit from it. For example, there is milliner who keeps all his wealth in his custody. Neither he invests nor does he use it in any business. Apparently it is saving but if you analyse deeply you will notice that it is decreasing by each passing day. First he is guilty of diverting scarce capital to hoarding which benefits none and secondly the inflation is reducing the value of his wealth.
    In contrast the Sacrifice, is spending of wealth.It improves the circulation of wealth in the economy.
    Specially those who are rich spend money on purchasing animal and its fodders from those who are relatively much poor.
    Hence it leads to circulation of wealth from rich to poor.
    Sacrificed animal impacts the economy through its meat, skin and other parts.

    Animal is an important part of an economy.
    The impact of animal agriculture production on local, and national economies can be measured in terms of output, earnings, employment and taxes received by the state.
    Naturally, Islam attaches importance to animal production not only for its economic values but also for its social importance. I

    A poor country like Sudan exported 350 thousand sheep to Saudi kingdom in 2008, as the Kingdom had consumed seven million sacrifices. If we estimated the average sacrifice by 800 Riyals, it will exceed sales of five billion Riyals.
    Second aspect of sacrifice is meat mostly gifted to others. Recipient includes non-Muslims as well. In the light of this guidance it is ensured that benefits of sacrifice reaches a large segment of our society irrespective of their faith, color or creed. In some countries such as Saudi Arabia special efforts are made to ensure that the meat available after the sacrifice is sent to poor countries of Africa and elsewhere.

    Third important product of sacrifice is “hides” of animal. It caters the need of leather of the country, which we use in our day-to-day life. How this skin influences the market.

    Skins of millions animals and their intestines are dried up and then exported to other countries where they are used in making winter clothes and shoes. More important is that, the intestines exported to other countries are imported back in the shape of threads , which are used for surgical works.’

    It is clear beyond doubts that sacrifice greatly helps the economy and the poor. In fact there is hardly any other religious festival that equals the positive contribution as the festival of Eid al Adha.

    In short, Sacrifice is worship conducted on Allah’s command and which must be carried without seeking any reason. But at the same time it has great positive impacts on the economy and society. We should make efforts to make better use of this great Islamic festival.

    • Rabia, your reply is that of a pacifist which in a way is good. But please be aware that these words where written when man had hardly evolved and have held tight to his notions. Imagine, the very fact that a request to stop the slaughter have been condemned by many educated Muslims on this page, what would be the fate of those who tried in those barbaric times? Murder, Death to an “Enemy”. Prophets from all religions had to take it easy with the layman, the one who could not understand, whose passions governed his compassion. As we evolve, so does our God. If we truly believe that Allah is all merciful – then His compassion exceeds the need to kill innocent animals as sacrifice. I think Abraham had the right to sacrifice an animal because he gave his only son to be sacrificed. Before we sacrifice another being, whom we have no connection with and who is not human, we should, like Abraham, place our child upon a pile of wood and stand with knife ready to kill the innocent one we have loved. After we hear God’s voice to stop it, then we may rightfully kill another sentient being. Are you an Abraham in any way? Would you sacrifice your child if God asks of you? Recreate the whole incident if you must. Tie your child up and wait for the voice of the Lord. If it doesn’t come, then you may not be as holy as Abraham and therefore have no right to sacrifice another being for a holiness you do not possess.

  25. Sacrifice means giving up something you love or belonged to you. Killing poor animals is no sacrifice, it is actually cowardice. If you really wish to sacrifice, cut your limbs or kill yourself, or your loved ones.

  26. @Rabia, you seem to be totally confused. There is a difference between killing for food and the act of so-called ‘sacrifice’. Sure, the whole world eats vegetables, but these are never ‘sacrificed’ in the name of religion. So brutal animal sacrifice can never be compared with eating vegetables.
    Year after year, the innocent animals are bearing the brunt of ignorance and mis-interpretation (of Quran).
    As you yourself quoted, not a single drop of oceans of blood (of billions of innocent animals) that you drain on roads and in gutters, ever reaches Allah. But alas, that is the only way of sacrifice known to people like you. Have you ever thought of pricking a pin and take out your own blood in the name of Allah. Your reply would be, “no-no! that hurts me and Allah is so Merciful!! He does not wish me to hurt myself!” Open up your wisdom a bit here, and just replace yourself with an animal. Now simply ask yourself, “Can Allah, the merciful, be ever cruel or merciless to an innocent creature, that He Himself created in this world?” And perhaps you’d get the answer. Really,you have no authority to kill Allah’s own creation. Other than your lust for meat, you have no other reason why you would eliminate a creature made by Allah.
    Sacrifice means parting with something that is your own. Animals are different species, not born off human embryo. And they already belong to Allah, not you. Whom are you fooling by offering something to Allah, that already is Allah’s, and not yours? Your claim to sacrifice is therefore, a false claim.
    Economic reasons can never validate barbaric savagery. Flesh trade or human trafficking is believed to generate a lot of employment. Porn industry or nudity-selling definitively involves good economics. Should these too be allowed for economic goodness?
    This year, Aussies sheep were banned for sending to mid-east for being murdered.
    Things are definitely changing, though for muslims, shackles of myths are hard to break free.

    BTW, I’m Animal lover, a lover of Allah’s animals, precious animals.

    • @Animal lover, I whole heartedly support and admire your true love for “Allah’s animals – the precious animals”.
      I have read your posts here, and elsewhere on the internet, and I have become a fan of your logic. Thanks for your inspiring comments. It is important that we, the muslims, should be grateful to Allah for creating animals, and our true sacrifice would be to save them rather than unnecessarily kill them. As you rightly say, Allah can never be happy if we kill His creations. Surely, there is no sacrifice in this act, because animals already are Allah’s. There is no point in “offering to Allah” . Muslims please think and act in your wisdom, Eid is coming soon…

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