Posted by: Muhammad Ghazanfar Ali | November 18, 2010

“Atrocious Tastes!”

Happy feast of Sacrifice to All Muslim Brothers and sisters all over the world!

While switching many TV channels on Eid day, I found that all news channels were showing programs covering various animal markets where livestock traders gathered for selling/purchasing of sheep, goats, cows and other animals for ritual sacrifice on the event of Eid-ul-Adha (The feast of sacrifice). The interesting thing was that purchasers besides criticizing on the sky-scraping livestock prices, were also withstanding the trend. One intending buyer argued that the cow he was going to purchase was 40% more costly than the previous year and he would have to pay 3.5 lacs in order to buy it this year. In another scene, on buyer was saying that he had bought a calf for 2.5 lacs, when he was asked why he paid too much on buying it; he replied, “It is a matter of our grandeur, and we don’t want to lose the competition.” Another person argued, “No accounting for taste.” (He expressed in Urdu as: شوق دا کوئ مل نئیں ).
The question is; does there any religious propulsion exist for such attitudes? Actually the real spirit behind slaughtering animals on this spiritual event is obeying Allah Almighty’s commands and provoking charity thereby sharing the meat of these animals with the poor and thus taking care of needy people. But we are not ready to understand the bona fide rationale behind this sacrifice. We believe in much ostentatious, hyperbolic delineation of buying the bigger and bigger animal. Poverty is the biggest challenge for country. More than two thirds of the population subsists below the poverty line. Majority of the population don’t have the basic amenities of life such as food, clothing and shelter. But habitually the pure and steady spirit of sacrifice is lost in the artificial glow of wealth and power. We should think and act in a realistic, more optimistic way; because the most horrendous atrocity is the breaking of a person’s heart and this is done every year on the event of Eid-ul-Adha by the wealthy people intoxicated by money and power.

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