By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
14 August 2017
Muslims all over the world spend billions
of dollars to purchase cattle, goats and sheep, imported mainly from the
Western countries to slaughter during the annual Hajj/pilgrimage festival. This
is in addition to the large number of camels from Arab countries that get
In Chapter 37 al Saffat of Quran; God, in
order to test, commanded Messenger Ibrahim/Abraham in a vision or dream to
slaughter (Azbahu) his son, which he in consultation with his Son
proceeded to obey ‘God’s Will’. God in
His mercy accepted the Messenger’s practical demonstration and ordered Ibrahim
not to kill his son, instead asked for a ram to be sacrificed (also ref.
Genesis). An event, the Muslims passionately commemorate annually during the
Hajj; though slaughtering millions of animals of all kinds to show their ‘love
It seems that sacrificial offerings of
flesh and blood, whether child’s, virgin’s, youths’ and or animal’s and even
edibles, to appease a Deity or to achieve certain imperatives, has been part of
mankind’s ingrained ethos.
But, two thousand years ago God too is
said, had offered His only Son Jesus to be sacrificed on the Cross at the hands
of men, all for His imperative: ‘His love of mankind’; to atone for mankind’s
Suffice it to say that mankind has taken
upon itself to perpetuate this primitive tradition for ‘Higher imperatives’.
The gravity of it; for example, the imperative to subjugate nation(s)
determines the extent and limits to be applied in the process. Annihilation of
whole nation(s) is the upper limit!
The Muslim tradition however has no basis
in their Faith system derived from the source Book the Quran, which they claim
to be their guiding Book to submit to the ‘Will of God’. Because in there, the
Creator of the Universe declares that:
Neither their flesh, nor their blood reaches God but to Him is acceptable only
the observance of the duty on your part. Thus has He made them (animals)
subservience to you that you may glorify God for guiding you to the right path.
And give good news to those who do good to others.
Qurban or Qurbani –Root q r b/nearness -
the word commonly used for Sacrifice is not used in the Book. Any form of
“gift” taken or sent to the place of the pilgrimage to support and nourish the
travel weary pilgrims is considered sacrifice and is acceptable to the Creator
as a good deed to achieve nearness to Him. The gift could be an animal too. The
gifts involve an effort and expenditure of money that is, digging in ones
pocket to do ‘good to others’, is sacrifice:
accomplish the pilgrimage and the visit in the service of God. But if you are
prevented, send whatever offering is easy to obtain… …
Domestic animals are a resource in many
other ways such as food source. Larger animals as beast of burden, particularly
in the olden days, a great gift for distant travellers:
16-7 And they
carry your heavy loads to the lands that you could not otherwise reach except
with souls distressed…
life form is sacred, even the birds form a community of the living and must NOT
be killed wantonly- 6-38 and 17-33. Conservation of wild life too is ordained
there in, 5-96.
The tradition of animal sacrifice that is
touted as obligatory in the name of the religion they call Islam is a concocted
ritual of slaughter, waste and particularly being external to the place of
Pilgrimage. It is nothing but a Church/Clergy instituted con-job and business enterprise
(2-79), committed on the gullible, mostly the poor Believers.
It seems that there is a “disconnect” in
the translations and understanding the spirit of the ordinances of the Book!
A huge pastoral industry exists in the name
of this ritual, devised for cattle breeders and for hide and skin trade. Most
of the meat involved in the ritual slaughter is wasted. Only a little of
valuable animal-meat as sustenance reaches the poor. The Book denounces all
forms of wastage and states that “God does not love extravagance” that is,
exceeding the limits of usefulness and decency. Since prodigality in not loved
by the Almighty: 6-142, 7-31. It stands to reason therefore that He must surely
Importantly, other issues arise and must be
considered in light of present day awareness and knowledge of global climate
change implications. A few of these are briefly stated:
It is said that half the world population,
mainly from third world countries is poor and starving of basic nutrition such
as food and clean water. More so; because of the instability of world politics
that has resulted in destruction of agriculture land and its infrastructure;
and lack of equitable distribution of food resources of the world.
Agricultural Land Degradation and Forest Destruction
Huge cattle raising industries have taken
over fertile agricultural land and large tracks of forests are being cleared on
daily basis by foreign and multinationals companies to create grazing for
cattle, mainly in poor regions such as South American and South East Asian
countries, where tropical rain forests abound.
The above activities for wealth generation
at the expense of Muslims and the poor in the world, is not only affecting the
economies of poor countries but also adding to global climate change by
creating dust bowls, water shortage and resultant temperature rise.
It is said that substantial proportion of
methane gas pollution in atmosphere is contributed by livestock, mainly through
their belching. That, when combined with the use of fossil fuel in the modern
machinery and mechanization of the industry, the contribution of CO2 adds up to
be a substantial proportion of atmospheric pollution!
Muslims are perhaps unwittingly responsible
for contributing substantially to the global pollution by their false religious
practice of slaughtering animals and so giving added incentives to the graziers
to supply the required demand. There is a huge loss of foreign exchange to the
poor countries in this.
Mankind is made responsible to manage and
control God’s gifts of creation for the benefit of all humanity:
31- 20: See
you not that God has made subservient to you whatever is in the heavens and the
earth and granted you His favours seen and unseen?
Not to mince the words therefore, it must
be said that Muslims contradict and deny (commit Kufr) in practice the very
Book of codes that they swear upon to declare their faith in it and to show
their ‘Love of God’. It is a false declaration as evident by their religious
practice that is also harmful to the world environment.
God does NOT deny mankind the judicious use
of His gifts, but wants it to enjoy, and says:
mankind attend to your permitted likes of the world, eat and drink and be not
prodigal/wasteful/extravagant, for surely HE does not love Musrifeen… those who
Muslims are an integral part of the human
community, it is ‘an inconvenient truth’ that they must share and bear the
burden of responsibility put on them to be the custodians and protectors of the
planet Earth, for all life on it. In their ignorance they have passed on this
natural responsibility to others. This speck of variegated ‘blue marble’ in the
sky is the only planet mankind has to live on for now:
bearer of burden can bear the burden of another.
Thus they have to be knowledgably
responsible for all their actions for the good of humanity including that of
saving the environment to acquire nearness to God.
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“Rashid Sb should tell us what he did…”
I sent funds to a poor country—three decades ago.
(22:126) And remember
Abraham said: "My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its people
with fruits,-such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day."
The purpose of sacrifice was also to provide food to the poor
people of Mecca which is not a fertile place for them to grow their own food.
(2:196) And complete the Hajj and the ´umra in the service of Allah. But if ye are
prevented (From completing it), send an offering for sacrifice, such as ye may
find, and do not shave your heads until the offering reaches the place of
sacrifice. …..if any one wishes to continue the ´umra on to the hajj, He must
make an offering, such as he can afford, but if he cannot afford it, He should
fast three days during the hajj and seven days on his return, Making ten days
in all. And fear Allah, and know that Allah Is strict in punishment.
Sacrificing personally is not required. Sending an offering
for sacrifice is enough. I guess, the offering for sacrifice can be sent
anywhere in the world where the requirement is. Is there any reason why the
sacrifice should only be in Mecca? There is an option for those who cannot
afford a sacrifice which is to fast. Those who can afford can also fast and
send the offering of money to the needy instead of sending an offering for
People should follow whatever option that appeals to them
and set an example for others to follow. Rashid Sb should tell us what he did
when he performed his hajj or what he intends to do when he performs it.
Animal slaughter is a historical custom aimed at pleasing a deity/ God or a heightened gesture of hospitality in entertaining a guest over meal. Since there was no
commercial trading of meat, the affluent slaughtered cattle-heads to obtain
meet for food and at all festival occasions for feasting. As far as any religious
significance is concerned, it only lies in sharing the meet with the poor. But
today when the poor can get meat from any butcher's shop, mass scale slaughter
with all its logistical and financial implications in a crisis ridden civilizational
backdrop may hardly the best way to please God.
The theme is discussed in my jt. executive work that makes the
“Today, the pilgrim does not personally slaughter the cattle, nor does
he eat its meat or share it with the poor (22:36). Besides, God’s bounty
has multiplied exponentially and a cattle head is hardly a cherished asset as
in the earlier times. It is therefore worth pondering whether mere slaughtering
of cattle by arranging through a bank or agent, and then a state sponsored
processing and distribution of the meat to poor nations really meets the letter
or the spirit of the Qur’an - or there could be better ways to helping the
world’s needy, such as through the generation of an International Hajj Relief
Fund. God knows best!”