Our responsibility on Eidul-Azha Day

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son. Muslims believe Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) was commanded by God to sacrifice his son, Hazrat Ismail. The belief holds that God stayed his hand, sparing the boy, and placing a ram in his place.

As the story written in Holy Book Al-Quran (37:102-107)

Then when (the son) Reached (the age of) (Serious) work with him He said: “Oh my son! I see in vision That I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is Thy view!” (The son) said: “Oh my father! Do As thou art commanded: Thou wilt find me, If Allah so wills one Practicing patience and constancy!” ….So when they had both Submitted their wills (to Allah), And he had laid him Prostrate on his forehead (For sacrifice), We called out to him, “Oh Abraham!” “Thou hast already fulfilled The vision!” thus indeed Do We reward Those who do right.…..For this was obviously A trial…..And We ransomed him With a momentous sacrifice” (Reference taken from : http://www.animalsinislam.com)

Muslims around the world observe this event. Eid al-Adha, which in Arabic literally means ‘festival of the sacrifice‘, marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. During the festival, families that can afford to sacrifice a ritually acceptable animal (sheep, goat, camel, or cow) do so and then divide the flesh equally among themselves, the poor, and friends and neighbors.

Allah Almighty (God) said in Holy Book Quran (22:37);

“It is not their meat Nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety That reaches Him: He Has thus made them subject To you, that ye may glorify Allah for His guidance to you:* And proclaim the Good News To all who do right

Pakistan as a majority muslim country/nation celebrates this event each year. The traditional way in Pakistan (or even in India, Bangladesh) is that families buy animals (sheep, goat, camel, or cow) from the animal market and bring them to their respective home instead of taking them to any farm outside city either two weeks earlier then the festival date or one day before depends upon them (Govt has not restricted anyone) as it is their prime right. Many people in form of a group together (due to financial constraints and a burden on one individual to buy a animal alone) may purchase a whole carcass from a butcher or slaughterhouse and divide it among themselves or just buy generous portions of meat for a communal meal on Eid-al-Adha. These families slaughter the animal within their premises of house either by hiring a professional butcher (mostly) or many do it themselves considering it a religious obligation.

One of the basic purpose of slaughtering animal on this day is to distribute its meat among those poor and vulnerable families who won’t been able to eat meat in the whole year due to financial constraints….

Unfortunately, people in the cities (many but not all) who are celebrating Eid in Asian Countries does not follow ethical rules and obligations as a civic citizen and instead of slaughtering animals in a separate and combine place, they do it at their own residence. Now, here i want to put up some important points for discussion which i consider should review by everyone;

  • People slaughter these animals in-front of their kids (minor in age) and don’t stop them from watching
  • Mostly, they slaughter on open roads, streets due to not having adequate space within their houses
  • They do not clean neither the waste generated by the animal before the sacrifice day (in most cases animals stay outside the houses due to less space in their premises) and depend only on the government services to do each and every cleaning for them. Nor they properly clean the streets or roads from the blood after slaughtering on the Eid day
  • People do not bother to through the waste (like unusable stomach or other body parts of animal) in the nearby waste container nor they put it in any bag for final disposal but mostly throw it in the open area or left it on road / street where they did sacrifice

One of my relative informed during a visit to their house on the event day that many people of the area put-up the waste (stomach of animal) in front of their house instead of throwing it in the government installed waste container in nearby main roads or handing over it to the waste collectors appointed by the government on this special event.

This un-ethical behavior of the people (it includes educated people in large number) is very common in South Asian Countries and governments are not only negligent to bound everyone not to throw their waste in any open area but very much frightened to implement it due to the fear of resistance and from people’s sentiments. There are some reasons that Why people show un-ethical behavior on the event day?….

  • People are not ready to pay any fee to the government for cleaning services and consider it as a total responsibility of the government organizations to clean every thing
  • They are negligent towards fulfilling their prime responsibility set by the religion and as per the rules of the educated and ethical society
  • Government never tried
    1. to develop a proper place by hiring professional butchers where each and every person having a sacrifice animal should bring for final action
    2. Government never made such laws to bound people of city or town not to slaughter animal on the roads or streets or in any open area

Some years back, one of the prime and elite Housing Society in Lahore tried to implement and made a special place to slaughter animals instead of using house premises but they failed to implement that in the next years because residents were not agree to.

Getting degrees from schools/colleges/universities does not mean that you are educated.

If any one want to access the quality of a education in any person then assessment can be done on the basis of response/attitude you give/show during talk/discussion, how much you act on societal ethics and how much you got a civic sense

About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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