Not just a yearly ritual

Published: August 27, 2018

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.

Munazza Jamal

Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2018.

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  • Bilal Farooq
    Aug 27, 2018 - 3:11PM

    This is with reference to the opinion article The ‘Pakistan First’ approach (27th Aug 2018). There exists a certain lack of clarity in framing of PTI’s Foreign Policy; however, the overall vision dedicates the approach to be followed that is putting Pakistan and its reservations first and foremost. This vision certainly appeals to a common citizen yet it is not entirely so simple and straight forward.
    Historically Pakistan’s foreign policies have always been an amalgamation of several factors – ranging from demographic, in the case of Afghanistan and Kashmir, to far reaching economic woes, in the recent case of Chinese economic agreements. These policies have been framed and designed on multi-dimensional axis which cater to the needs and necessities of the circumstances prevailing at that instant. As rightly pointed point, the two major foreign policy debacles during the era of Gen Zia and Gen Musharraf were construed with the right intent of putting Pakistan’s interest foremost however it was unanticipated long term effects and unexpected at both the occasions that had led to the devastating repercussion especially for Pakistan. Though it is much easier and unfair to judge those strategies & policies decades after and only when the undesired results have come to the fore light it must be commended that they were fashioned putting interest of Pakistan up front. There are no right or wrong policies rather there are successful and unsuccessful policies which ultimately define the result
    There are certainly vast challenges that lay ahead of the current government and framing a robust and strong foreign policy might not be at the top of the list. As promised in their election campaign PTI’s main focus is the rejuvenation of the social and economic imbalance within the country and uplifting of a common man’s aspirations and interests. It is the framing and implementation of policies that would enact and delivery their promises is most essentialRecommend

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