Are we forgetting the true meaning of Eid-ul-Azha? | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 15, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 15, 2019

Are we forgetting the true meaning of Eid-ul-Azha?

Yet another Eid-ul-Azha—the festival to commemorate the spirit of sacrifice for the Muslim community—has passed, and again it has been proven that we are completely disregarding the teachings of our peaceful religion. The prophet himself (pbuh) had asked his followers to treat animals in the best possible manner and to spare them any needless suffering, but we witness the exact opposite of that in our country.

A lot of the animals become subject to abject cruelty starting from when they are bought till the moment they are sacrificed. One is not even supposed to sharpen knives in front of them, whereas we regularly get to see the cattle being slaughtered in front of one another.

Moreover, this practice of carrying out the slaughter in the middle of the road is very common in Bangladesh and needless to say, it is not at all hygienic. From now on, the city corporations should direct the public to carry out the slaughter in public abattoirs or inside the premises of their own house.

Finally, it should be ensured that these animals are not mistreated because such acts of cruelty simply go against the true value of the sacrifices we make on this holy day.

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