Three Eid al-Adha resolutions to keep your area clean
OT, October 26, 2012 12:28 IST
Asad and Fauzia Khanam
Muslim devotees will celebrate Eid tomorrow. After offering prayer in the morning many will sacrifice animals in the name of Allah all over the world.
In New Delhi’s Okhla and other areas of India hundreds of thousands of Muslims will perform the duty of sacrifice with great religious fervour. In their devotion many forget their duties to keep their surroundings clean.
Piled-up intestine on roadsides, blood on streets and animal waste have become a common sight. What a shame!
Due to overcrowding of the locality and little space in flats many residents prefer to slaughter animals on roads. The waste is left on the roadside for weeks. And situation in some streets of Jamia Nagar gets worse with cleaners also asking for money to remove them.
The festival has been commercialized and everybody finds an opportunity to make quick money.
Moreover, there is no civic sense with some Muslims are not concerned about cleanliness and other important religious acts that Islam has emphasized on.
What is shocking is that such criminal neglect takes place in a colony (Jamia Nagar) that is home to most of the Muslim organizations. A campaign is yet to start in the area to convince the residents on these issues.
Last year, a small group of residents in Zakir Nagar headed by a youth leader Md Faraz Khan had started a campaign by distributing black bin bags, requesting residents to put the waste in it and not dump it on roadsides.
Though it is difficult to cover the whole big area by a few residents, at least an effort has been made. Let’s appreciate the move and join in to make a new beginning.
We hope this year some sense will prevail and residents will cooperate with people who have taken up such initiatives to keep the locality clean.
Let’s take three resolutions this Eid: not to slaughter animal on street, not to dump animal intestine on roadside and convince neighbours to keep their area clean.
Also, let's remember the suffering people of the world regardless of their religion and region who have been pushed to the situation they are in because of an insensitive power elites (both Muslims and non-Muslims) and a corrupt system of governance that rewards dishonesty as claimed by US-based scholar Aslam Abdullah.
He wrote on his Facebook page: "So tomorrow, give an extra charity to a charity (Muslim or non-Muslims) so that we could claim that we have tried to live the lesson of sacrifice in our limited and humble way."
(We are republishing this OT article with some editing and updates)
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