LAHORE: As per news reports, more than 10 million animals were slaughtered this Eid in the country in pursuance of the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). Eidul Azha also marks the culmination of the pilgrimage Muslims make to Makkah in obedience of the teachings of Islam.
Besides carrying out the will of God, the essence of the sacrificial practice aims to serve the purpose of helping the poor and feeding the needy, yet amid all the same purpose has been neglected entirely. The trends that follow Eidul Azha, including days of barbecues and social gatherings, reflect the contrary.
Slaughtering an animal shouldn’t be practised as a yearly ritual but as one to earn reward for the life in the hereafter.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2018.