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Animal Sacrifice or Blood Orgy?

 

By Syed Rizvi

20 Nov 2010

Once again, Muslims around the world have “sacrificed” millions of animals in a three day period during the month of Eid-ul-Adha to please God.

Sacrifice inherently means that you part with something that is very close to your heart and experience a certain degree of pain during the process.

Abraham proceeded to sacrifice his son who was very close to his heart and with whom had great attachment.

This act of Abraham can be seen as a spirit of true sacrifice.

Today, if I say that I sacrificed an old sofa for a greater cause, I will be laughed at, since the sofa doesn’t mean much to me.  However, this hypothetical act of mine is not much different from someone slitting the throat of a goat to please God and call it a sacrifice, since the person has had no attachment to the goat except a few bucks that he would soon forget.

I am just wondering if that is what God had in his mind when he asked us to follow a path in remembrance of Abraham’s devotion to God.  Today what we do on the streets of Karachi during the Eid-ul Adha is a mockery of Abraham's devotion to God.

It is beyond my comprehension that our God, whom we regard as  compassionate and merciful finds pleasure watching a helpless camel with one of his front legs tied off the ground and two of his hind legs so closely tied together that he becomes incapable of using those legs independently.   And apart from that, his jaws are tied with a rope that he cannot even brawl.  And then, a pious looking person sticks a knife into the camel's throat.  The camel bleeds for tens of minutes and suffers excruciating pain until he dies.

Here are some examples:    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oIbT6Plio8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3R6qhjplHM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws8ub3wo_hM&feature=related

I read somewhere that the Prophet stated “La taqtolu  bil-la iza’a”  if you must kill,  kill without torture.

I don’t see any concerns among Muslims honoring Prophet’s words.  We Muslims are very good in cherry picking things; we choose what suits us and disregard those that hinder our ways of doing things.

 I often wonder what if God had asked us to sacrifice our children to make him happy. I doubt any commandment like that would have seen the light of the day. 

The issue of animal sacrifice is often debated among Islamic scholars, and opinions are divided.  Ironically it turned out to be a Buddhist Scholar Norm Phelps who had recently posted two of his well researched work on www.newageislam.com , and I would invite the readers to re-visit those articles.

Islam and Animal Rights by Norm Phelps: http://newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=2230

Sacrifices in Islam by Norm Phelps

http://newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=3631

Other related article also appear on www.islamicconcern.com

The Sacrifice of ‘Eidal –Ahada”  by ShahidAl Mutaqqi                   

http://www.islamicconcern.com/sacrifice01.asp

A Pakistani View of Baqar Eid  by Abuzar Rayees 

http://www.islamicconcern.com/sacrifice02.asp

And YES, I do maintain that the title of my article is quite appropriate in the light of the following verse.

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

What happens on the streets of Karachi during these three days of the festival it does not take much to notice that the so called Qurbani has transformed into a blood orgy defied by all standards of human decency.

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Syed Rizvi is a physicist by profession and is the Founder and President of Engineers and Scientists for Animal Rights. Syed lives in Silicon Valley, California.

 

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/debating-islam/animal-sacrifice-or-blood-orgy?/d/3706

 



TOTAL COMMENTS:-   51
  • Mr. Rizvi, Thank you for giving public voice to those of us Muslims who value compassion and strive to use Eid as a time to consider and act upon the idea of personal sacrifice--perhaps to slaughter those parts of ourselves that do not serve humanity and God?
    The Muslim community I am a part of discourages open discussion, and I think it is a shame. My own family pays for a lamb sacrifice in my name, despite the fact that I do not believe in it. I know they do so out of love, but perhaps they would be persuaded to honor my point of view (if not change their own) if more people like you spoke up.
    By Kim Mohiuddin - 11/7/2012 6:12:45 AM
  • though personally i am not much in favor of slaughtering animals to eat, i wonder if eskimoes around the arctic circle can become vegetarian. or for that matter in places where plants and trees are difficult to rear. or for those of small island with little place for cultivation and a large coastline. these are personal choices as long as one is not starving. but for those who are starving, ethical issues will have to wait until they have had something to eat.
    By hats off! - 10/22/2012 2:18:21 AM
  • Its disgraceful
    By SUE WADLAND - 10/21/2012 5:29:25 PM
  • B. Sanyal  says:Vegetarian diet is good for all humans.

    My comment:  It's well established that in today's world, meat is not necessary for humans;  in fact it does more  bad to mankind than good.  I believe it's a matter of addiction on one side, and on the other side meat industry will fight tooth and nail to keep the consumption of meat  as it is,  or may like to even increase it.   Does anyone  remember how fiercely the tobacco executives fought  to maintain the status quo for cigarettes?  Check out www.vegsource.com   Also the recent movie Forks over Knives is worth watching. www.forksoverknives.com.


    By Syed Rizvi - 8/14/2012 12:13:20 AM
  • Vegetarian diet is good for all humans be they muslims or follower of other religions. inflicting pain on animals for our pleasure can never be acceptable to God. However, it is rather difficult to give up meat eating particularly for those who are consuming it from their childhood. Nevertheless we can try to abstain from meat eating. It will be beneficial for the whole world.
    By b sanyal - 8/13/2012 6:31:35 AM
  • @ syed Rizvi Sahib. Thank you for raising this issue. I left it long ago. I never slaughtered an animal in my life. Occasionally I consume meat. I will try to improve further. I always discourage slaughtering. In our society a treat is not considered complete till meat is not served.

    I congratulate Janab Mnazuurul Haque sahib if he has decided to give up slaughtering and giving money in charity. I appreciate him sincerly, not for earning some points.
    I appeal to all Muslim, and non-Muslims friends to adopt vegetarianism up to their capacity.


    By mohd yunus - 7/24/2012 12:27:59 PM
  • This is a great effort to bring out the real message of Islam....compassion and kindness is universal and is preached by every religion....this is a tremendous effort to bring it to the fore once again....
    By Rajeev Jain - 7/22/2012 10:21:25 AM
  • Yes, better to try and corcret Mr. Wilder's misunderstanding of the religion of peace instead of those hundreds and hundreds of millions in Pakistan and Egypt that seem to misunderstand Islam in the exact same way Geert does.
    By Land - 6/15/2012 3:40:32 PM
  • Haven't you heard of Sathya Sai Baba? In His place in South India food is of course purely vegetarian. And what is interesting, here some local Muslims learn from local Hindu Sai-devotees about non-violent lifestyle. Here all religions co-exist peacefully. I personally like how Swami said it about religions: Hindu Dharma is like a grandfather, Buddhism is father, Christianity is son and Muslim religion is a grandson. Jay Sai Ram! Sometimes you can visit my site too: www.sai-alex.ucoz.ru


    By Sai-Laxman - 12/16/2011 7:38:30 AM
  • Am I correct that Muslims are not supposed to eat/drink the blood of animals?

    If that is so, it is clear that the so-called bleeding of animals while they are still conscious, and clearly suffering extreme pain and torment, does not in fact extract blood totally from the flesh.

    Simply take any Halal meat and cut it into pieces and plunge the pieces into water. The water will go red. That is blood. Clearly Halal meat contains blood, which I believed was forbidden to Muslims.

    Simply go vegetarian. It is healthier. It is more environmentally sound. No cruelty is involved.


    By Mike Maybury - 7/27/2011 3:50:11 PM
  • This article just appeared in Dawn today.  I wanted to share with you all.

    Animal Rights in Islam 

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/29/animal-rights-in-islam.html
    By Syed Rizvi - 4/29/2011 12:34:14 AM
  • car 313 asked: Can the Eskimos practice vegetarianism? Just wondering?

    My answer: No. They are not vegtarian  and they also eat lots of ice cream because Seal's milk is readily available and plenty of snow around of course.

     


    By Syed Rizvi - 4/26/2011 9:27:49 PM
  • Mr. Ghulam Mohiyuddin  (4/26/2011 12:50:59 AM ) said. I am thinking of switching to tofu from meat. Just thinking, mind you.

    My comment: Needless to say switching ones diet from meat based diet to plant  based diet, even  partailly would drastically alleviate animal suffering. But even if one does not count animal into the equation, one owes it his/her own health

    http://drmcdougall.com/index.html

    www.pcrm.org

    And Health of the planet of course

    http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/celebrate-earth-day-every-day.aspx

    Look for the film Forks and Knives coming to a theater near you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfY2C4WaJ3s&feature=related

     


    By Syed Rizvi - 4/26/2011 8:57:26 PM
  • Can the Eskimos practice vegetarianism? Just wondering.


    By car313 - 4/26/2011 10:12:53 AM
  • Mr Rizvi, there is no need to save the sharks from a flood. They may even enjoy a flood. Noah did the right thing by leaving them in the ocean.

    I am thinking of switching to tofu from meat. Just thinking, mind you.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/26/2011 12:50:59 AM

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