A number of Muslim organisations and leaders have urged followers of Islam to not offer animal sacrifice on roads, maintain proper hygiene and not give a reason to people of other communities to complain, ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. However, they have encouraged the Muslims to perform “qurbani” (animal sacrifice) despite the difficulties as it is an important “sunnah” (tradition of the Holy Prophet).
“This time, due to a particular situation you may encounter certain difficulties in procuring and sacrificing the animal for qurbani. Just because of difficult circumstances, you should not become negligent of this important responsibility,” various Muslim bodies have said.
“Do not offer the qurbani on the roads, footpath and pathways; rather perform it in open spaces. Kindly ensure the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene,” the joint statement, issued by Jamate-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH), All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees, read.
“Do not give a chance by your actions and behavior for any kind of complaint to your neighbors especially those belonging to other faiths. You should not allow relations to become strained and must exercise maximum self-restraint. You should not take the law in your hands under any circumstances,” it added. The Eid-ul-Azha or Baqrid is scheduled to be celebrated on 2 September across India.