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Hyderabad Muslims discourage sacrifice of cows on Eid-ul-Adha

By Chennabasaveshwar

Hyderabad: Members of Hyderabad-based Darul Ifta Jamia Nizami have appealed to the Muslim not to sacrifice cows and bulls on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha to respect religious sentiments.

Eid al-Adha 2017 in India will begin in the evening of Friday, 1 September and ends in the evening of Saturday, 2 September.

A few days ago RSS-affiliate Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) decided to launch a countrywide campaign to persuade Muslims against sacrifice of cows on Eid-al-Adha aka Bakra Eid.

"Our appeal to Muslims against sacrificing of cows during Eid al-Adha is based on a fatwa issued by Darool Uloom Deoband four years ago. We asked the Islamic seminary's fatwa department for its ruling on whether hurting the sentiments of the Hindus by offering cow sacrifices is sanctioned in Islam. They said Islam does not sanction hurting the sentiments of neighbours adhering to other beliefs," said Mohammad Afzal, MRM's national convenor told Hindustan Times.

What is Eid-ul-Adha?

Eid-ul-Adha is a "Sacrifice Feast", is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two.

It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God's command. Before he sacrificed his son God intervened by sending his angel Jibra'il (Gabriel), who then put a sheep in his son's place.

In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: the family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

How Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha?

In Muslim countries, Eid al-Adha is a public holiday that involves animal sacrifice, prayers and family gatherings. The day begins with morning prayers, followed by visits to family and friends and the exchange of food and gifts. Muslims are obliged to share food and money with the poor so that they can take part in the celebrations.

Worshippers will slaughter an animal, typically a sheep or a goat, during Greater Eid celebrations. The animals have to meet certain standards in order to qualify for sacrifice, Arab News reports. They cannot be ill, blind, visibly lame and emaciated and minimum age restrictions apply.

In Pakistan alone, nearly ten million animals are slaughtered on Eid, the International Business Times reports.

In Britain, anyone wishing to sacrifice a sheep has to make arrangements for it to be slaughtered humanely.

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