CAIRO - As world Muslims prepare for sacrifice during `Eid Al-Adha, Muslims in the central Indian district of Usgao are worried about how to perform their Udhiyahs, after new regulations limited sacrifice to the city's small and only abattoir.
The ritual of qurbani (Udhiyah) has been going on in Goa for the last many years and we had never faced any problems from other communities, Shaikh Saidi, a businessman from Margao, told Times of India on Tuesday, October 8.
As qurbani is mandatory in our religion, we urge the state government to make arrangements for
qurbani for no more than three days at a designated place in South Goa.
Like thousands of Usgao Muslim residents, Saidi was concerned about the new laws issued before `Eid Al-Adha this year which prevents the slaughter of animals anywhere but at the Goa Meat Complex (GMC) abattoir at Usgao.
The decision, issued by the high court, imposed several conditions on animal slaughter at the GMC abattoir.
The new law was supported by government officials as preserving the hygiene standards for Indian Muslims.
Laws on slaughter of animals ensure that slaughter is carried out as per laid down standards of hygiene and infrastructural requirements, South Goa collector N D Agrawal said. Problematic
Being the only abattoir in the city, GMC was not expected to offer services to thousands of Muslims planning sacrifice this year.
"Given that that the population of Muslims in Goa is one lakh (one hundred thousand), and considering that only 25% of the community chooses to do qurbani, will the GMC abattoir be able to slaughter 25,000 animals in a day? Highly unlikely," Abdulmatin Daud Carol, a Margao-based businessman, said.
"With such a large volume for execution, the meat of the animals slaughtered in the morning will reach our hands only by late evening, thus rendering the meat stale and unfit for consumption," Saidi added.
There are some 140 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India and they have long complained of being discriminated against in all walks of life.
This year, `Eid al-Adha will be celebrated on October 15.
Udhiyah or animal sacrifice, a ritual that reminds of the great act of sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel were willing to make for the sake of God.
A financially-able Muslim sacrifices a single sheep or goat or shares six others in sacrificing a camel or cow as an act of worship during the four-day `Eid Al-Adha.
The Udhiyah meat should be divided in three equal parts, one each for one's own family, friends and the poor.
It is permissible that someone in another country could perform the sacrifice on one's behalf.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net