Muslims will celebrate Eid-al Adha tomorrow morning. After offering prayer in the morning they will sacrifice animals in the name of Allah all over the world. However, it has been noticed that the festival of sacrifice has become a moment of show-off with residents, particularly in Muslim-dominated Okhla, seen flaunting their animals in their neighbourhoods.
Besides, the biggest worry that comes is the dirtiness. Many residents forget to carry ahead the message of Islam to keep their surroundings clean. Following which it is common thing to see piled-up intestine on roadsides, blood on streets and animal waste scattered everywhere. What a shame!
These people have money to purchase animal costing from Rs 15,000 to 1 lakh but they don’t have small amount to pay to cleaners to make sure that animal waste is not dumped on roadsides. And with dengue season all around and many residents down with dengue, high fever and malaria there is need to keep the area clean so that the disease doesn’t spread.
What is shocking is that such criminal neglect takes place in a colony that is overcrowded by religious and other Muslim organisations. It is a pity that nobody among them has started a campaign to convince the residents on these issues.
A few years ago, a small group of residents in Zakir Nagar had started a campaign by distributing black big bans, requesting residents to put the waste in it and not dump it on roadsides. All told, very little has improved over the years.
Residents should take five resolutions this Eid-al-Adha: Not to slaughter animal on street, not to dump animal’s intestine on roadside, convince neighbours to keep their area clean, avoid carrying smartphone to slaughter site making sure that video clip of the instance is not made and not uploaded on the social media and make sure that your neighbour whether Muslim or non-Muslim is not hurt by your act.
Also, Muslims should 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.”
(Edited and updated. The first version of the report was published on October 26, 2012 and since then OT.COM has been raising this issue every year)