10 things I hate about bakra Eid

Published: November 6, 2011
Call me an infidel, but I can’t bring myself to make merry at the idea of murdering a few hundred thousand animals. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ MUHAMMAD JAVAID

Call me an infidel, but I can’t bring myself to make merry at the idea of murdering a few hundred thousand animals. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ MUHAMMAD JAVAID

1.   The smell of goats, blood and freshly slaughtered meat. It’s everywhere!

2.   Call me an infidel, but I just can’t bring myself to make merry at the idea of mass murdering a few hundred thousand cute, furry, unsuspecting farm animals in a span of 72 hours … and that too publically, in front of a sadistically gleeful audience.

3.   All the barbeque talk. Show some sensitivity people!

4.   The questions: Are you slaughtering a goat or a cow? How much will you be spending this year? Only two days left, dude, where’s your animal? Seriously guys. I’ll get whatever I want, whenever I want — the fact that I’ll probably only be able to afford an undernourished midget cow is my business and my business alone!

5.   How everyone, including some highly intelligent people, lose their marbles a week before Eid, spending everyday just staring at their animals. Poor thing’s bound to get the heebie-jeebies!

6.    Eid morning — help me God if I have to leave the house and witness the genocide… which I always do, with unrealistic expectations of remaining all Zen at the sight of blood and gutted animals.

7.    Becoming a vegetarian for a couple of weeks after freaking out at the sight of above-mentioned blood. Especially if you’re the kind of person who actually looks forward to his weekly steaks and hamburgers.

8.    How the true essence of the tradition is lost on most of us — people would gladly spend bundles of cash on four goats and two cows at Bakra Eid so they can feed their own greed and gluttony by stuffing their deep-freezers to full capacity, but go berserk if a truly deserving person should ask them for a little meat to feed his/her hungry children some other time during the year.

9.    How some parents think watching Jackie Chan act like a nincompoop in a movie is bad influence for their kids, but watching four blood-soaked men brutally attack, slaughter, skin and butcher an 800 pound cow — live — is healthy entertainment.

10.    Post Bakra Eid dinner parties with red-meat dishes in great abandon. How very subtle!

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, November 6th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (184)

  • Supressed, Opressed, Depressed
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:11PM

    Man up dude!


  • Nov 6, 2011 - 2:15PM

    TRUST ME when I say this: I COULDN’T AGREE MORE.


  • Raza Shah
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:19PM

    This has got to be by far, the worst article I have ever read. You kept repeating the points.Recommend

  • TQ
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:28PM

    You truly have missed out on the essence of Eid-ul-Adha. I’d suggesting refreshing your bonds with tradition to grasp once more the essence and the unity of this day.

    Of all the “10 things I hate about” couldve been this week, why this was chosen is personally beyond comprehension.


  • WhoWasThatMaskedMan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:28PM

    @point no. 2
    It doesn’t really make sense. Daily thousands of animals cows, goats, lambs, pigs are slaughtered. On any other day, does an idea of beef steak not make you happy, eh.


  • WhoWasThatMaskedMan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:29PM

    Thumbs up for rest! :)


  • AjMirza
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:37PM

    LOL @ Hamburger; dude are you sick or something ? kindly google Hamburger before mentioning it here; no doubt you do not have any respect for the Ritual because you never knew the essence of it. I must agree with the public “Sacrifice” (Its not genocide or slaughtering) that it should be held in controlled environment.


  • salman malik
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:43PM

    is there anything left in Islam which is acceptable to you? anyone who writes against Islamic values gets attention and become writer…is there not anything else to be famous? ohk now such people trying to prove they are more humble and kind than Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and Allah . ohk suppose everyone becomes vegetarian according your wish and God’s wisdom is not superior to you .can you imagine the consequence? millions of people depends on dairy farming what will be alternative for them to earn?who will feed animals for free?if female animals will not produce milk who feed them for free? and who will give alternative jobs to millions of people who are working in industries which directly or indirectly depends on them.in the absence of meat..humans will need more vegetables humanity already suffering food shortage..will you provide them vegetables? and these animals will eat your vegetables if they will not be sacrificed or slaughtered for food because their population will increase dramatically..ohk will you send them to jungles?humanity already suffering lack of jungles and ultimately these animals will become food of other animals and in cities they will cover public space and cause traffic jams…(visit delhi)……and remember Muslims are not only consuming meat..why this “Philosophy” comes in your mind on Muslim’s religious festival.Recommend

  • Ahsan Shamim
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:45PM

    My question is from Express Tribune here: While you always allows liberal fascists to put up their thoughts on religion, tradition, relationships etc….why not finally allow a religious fascist like a TTP warlord to share how many men he loved watching die and what did he do to forcefully ask people for charity? I see a disconnect in your ‘responsible journalism’ policy.

    Seriously guys, are we developing a cult here or what? So many baseless articles in name of freedom of speech?Recommend

  • Yas Has
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:46PM

    This is by far the most ridiculous and hideous ‘column’ I have ever read. I will not even refer to it as an article!

    Eiid al Azha is a Muslim tradition, and one must be proud of it, rather than writing such chilidish essays “10 things I hate about bakra Eid”. And may I also correct you, its NOT ‘Bakra’ Eid, its ‘Baqr’ Eid.Recommend

  • It Is Economy Stupid
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Where is PETA? We need you?


  • umair
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:48PM

    and what are the 10 things you like about valentines day?


  • Sibtain Raza
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:51PM


    True that.


    You remind me of some of my “liberal friends” who think that by being cynical about everything makes them look cool/liberal. Reality check: It doesn’t.

    I’d have enjoyed reading your article if it made sense, but you are no different than a bitter 70 year old man, who failed at life and took his frustration out on everything.


  • Kamran Mufti
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:54PM

    thumbs up….it mass extermination of animals….!


  • nikhat
    Nov 6, 2011 - 2:57PM

    i like your article Saad. I agree with you. Do we really think that Allah needs meat and blood like other ancient gods. Can’t we collect all that money and distribute to poor people? we can eliminate poverty to some extent by doing this. Also honestly speaking do we distribute the meat fairly among the poors?
    and by the way why can’t we become vegetarian and healthy as all this meat and animal products are linked to cancer , cardiovascular and other diseases.


  • Aaliyah
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:00PM

    I hate Bakra eid because lots of animals are sacrificed in publicly displayed, talked and insensitive manner with the actual point of sacrifice being lost somewhere beneath the feasting.

    umm thats 1 point.


  • Anwar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:01PM

    The worst part is the Exhibition. I am now totally against Door-to-door qurbani. The whole world is watching how barbaric the Pakistanis are…on Youtube.


  • Hardesh
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:02PM

    I’m a hindu, plus a proud Pakistani. I know I shouldn’t be interfering in any person’s personal religious issues, but I do agree with the fact that slaughtering animals in public, in front of children, and being proud that you’ve got more cows than the other or a taller more ‘jaan-daar’ animal than the other. DOESN’T MAKE SENSE !!!
    Rest I believe that at times people do like to enjoy the Eid, no matter what ways they take towards it. HAPPYYYYY EID Everyone !!! :) ENJOY !!!!


  • patriot
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:06PM

    such confused, lame whining, like the steak n hamburger you look forward to is made from the meat the cows/goats gave away happily as organ donation ?


  • anonymous
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:08PM

    You must try to cut it yourself and perhaps you’ll get over your fears. It’s an amazing feeling :)


  • shaisahmad
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Stop being silly.. If you are so much bothered about killing animals. Go become a vegetarian, You are a hypocrite if you still eat meat. Plus you don. have any problem in mass killing of plants every day. Just because they don. have a tongue, they can’t speak, does it justify to kill them?


  • Ajeel Ansari
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:10PM

    Shame on you ET. This is disgusting in so many levels I dont even know where to begin.


  • GeorgeForemanGrill
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:19PM

    unless your a high strung vegan i seriously dont understand why all the hoopla over animal slaughter (slaughter which anyway takes place behind the scenes everyday) Trust me the cuter the animal the tastier the meat. So I will reiterate the first comment and say: Man Up Dude and book yourself a plate at the nearest neighbourhood steak fest.Recommend

  • Imran Mohammad
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:19PM

    What a nonsense article.. @ET, what are you standards for publishing articles?


  • Atheist, India
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:20PM

    How can one, who eats the flesh of others to swell his flesh, show compassion?



  • antanu g
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:32PM

    i cant comment on the article….but i would like to ask all of you one qyestion….millions of animals are slaughtered across the globe on daily basis apart from on EID.however did anybody felt any shortage of animals? look at it this way…if this mass slaugher is not done…what will be the scenario? do the world will have enough space and fodder to cater the animals. So a relihious ritual has to be seen in this cpntext also…a kind of check and balance for greater good…the survival of human race


  • SalSal
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:47PM

    Lol the methods used in the West for killing animals is WORSE and painful !!! The way we do it is not painful at all !! Because the animal is unconscious the moment the knife slits the throat !!


  • zalim singh
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:54PM

    @ Saad Zuberi

    great article. But pl take care. Nobody in Pakistan will appreciate your beliefs. Being vegetarian is a very environmentallly friendly habit. Each KG of meat requires tons of green vegetation, which increases global warming, when indiscriminately practiced. Any idea why Sindh is facing floods for the last few years and will continue to do so in future? It is because of de-forestation. Cutting down forests for wood and fuel. I do not want to make a bad statement here, but I will vouch for Vegetarianism any day. it is more civilised.


  • Yas Has
    Nov 6, 2011 - 3:59PM

    @nikhat: why do we only see religious things when it comes down to poverty alleviation and helping the needy? Have you ever thought that people like yourselves say the exact same thing when one plans and saves to go for Hajj. Why can’t we cut down on other lavish expenses such as the millions we waste on shadis?? And donate that amount to the poor. This mindset of yours needs to be seriously altered! We as a nation are going down because of such mindsets, pardon me.


  • Maryam
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:15PM

    Truly shocked to see such a baseless article in express tribune.
    Qurbani of animals is a commandment of Allah SWT, so do it with true intention. No questions asked. Whatever happened to ‘sami’naa wa ata’naa’? We, as Muslims, follow Allah,s commandments without asking for any sort of logic. Nothing can replace the act of qurbani, so let’s not try to be holier than the pope. Remember, ‘sami’naa wa ata’naa’. May Allah give us the wisdom and courage for that and may He accept our qurbani.


  • A.Ali
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:16PM

    there is a reason behind slaughtering :) Recommend

  • Omer
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:23PM

    haha, for the longest time I thought a girl wrote this article!
    What is wrong with your brother?


  • Plagiarism Sucks
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:36PM


    Don’t let these comments get you down, man. I loved this post – thank you for writing it. It takes courage.

    You didn’t have to be apologetic by stating “call me an infidel” though. You’re right, this isn’t the essence of Eid-ul-Adha: slaughtering hundreds and thousands of animals. We’ve clearly lost the plot.

    That’s the trouble with us Muslims, we’re so caught up in the ‘dikhawa’ of our religion. “Let’s keep up with the Joneses, let’s slaughter a couple of bakras so that our neighbours don’t think we’re !@#$% goras!”

    For all of you calling Saad a hypocrite? Lame, real lame. Slaughter as many animals in the name of religion , by all means, but before that? PRACTICE being good Muslims in your everyday lives: adhering to customs, fasting, praying five times a day and going for Hajj won’t give you your one-way ticket to heaven — being good, honest, tolerant and compassionate will.

    This is your column Saad, your space, don’t let them make you feel guilty for voicing YOUR opinions.

    As for the rest of you, knock yourselves out on your little billy goats tomorrow.Recommend

  • SK
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:37PM

    Dear ET, would you allow me the freedom to practice my religion, please? If the answer is yes, then kindly don’t go off limits in telling me that how much an individual hates about my religious ritual. Those individuals who can’t write few hundred words with coherence of thought, you’re providing them a platform to incite hate.

    Initially, Mr. Zuberi states adamantly, “Call me an infidel, but I just can’t bring myself to make merry at the idea of mass murdering a few hundred thousand cute, furry, unsuspecting farm animals”

    Then he laments rather disdainfully: “How the true essence of the tradition is lost on most of us”

    If you can’t have respect for the tradition itself and you name it “mass murdering” then stay firm on your stance rather than sermonizing others about its true essence.


  • Arsalan Majid
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:41PM

    some of trhe “liberals” who think that by being cynical about everything makes them look cool/liberal. Reality check: It doesn’t.
    You are also an extremist ;like taliban albeit on the opposite end.

    Search for what happens with animals ion slaughterhouses of the KFCs and Mc Donalds. Its not the killing of an animal that is being celebrated, but the remeberence of an act of great Sacrifice by the Prophet Ibrahim. I agree that we use this occasion to show off, and that is wrong, but to simply call the whole oncept of this Eid as wrong is just being insane. Recommend

  • Jamshed
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:43PM

    when u going to write .. 10 things about slaughtering million of turkey’s for Christmas party?.. or do u mean we should start thanks giving ritual for this eid?


  • Rizvi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:43PM

    What a load of rubbish. So much negativity. Bakra Eid is the best festival ever, I slaughter the goat myself, its so much fun. Then mom making Kaleji, amazing. Very sad to see ET let publish this piece of hatred.


  • Hashmi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:56PM

    Very annoying and hallow article.

    do write of easter, diwali and xmas also, I am sure you will find faults in easter bunnies and chimney socks…

    These are festivals, live them up, you sure have had some very dull Eids.. Enjoy these moments in liffe and try to understand the spirit of sacrifice


  • abhi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:56PM

    @salman malik
    Do you really believe in the logic that you have posted?


  • Haris
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:56PM

    After reading this, I think tribune is not for a common man.


  • M Ali Khan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:59PM

    “Liberal Fascist” is as correct a term as “Halal Pork”


  • Aamer Khawaja
    Nov 6, 2011 - 4:59PM

    “to make merry at the idea of murdering a few hundred thousand animals.”
    Murdering? That says it all. Do you have any idea how many million animals are ‘murdered’ for Hardees, McDonalds, KFC, etc etc?


  • nikhat
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:05PM


    how can there willbe animal rights in Pakistan when we don’t have human rights. i am surprised that majority of youth are in favour of old rituals like qurbani.
    i just had my Baqraeid breakfast——– caulifower pancakes with tofu cheese . much better than sickening meat.
    a 100% muslim girl


  • Plagiarism Sucks
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:07PM


    Don’t let these coment get you down, man. I loved this post – thank you for writing it. It takes courage.

    You didn’t have to be apologetic by stating “call me an infidel” though. You’re right, this isn’t the essence of Eid-ul-Adha: slaughtering hundreds and thousands of animals. We’ve clearly lost the plot.

    That’s the trouble with us Muslims, we’re so caught up in the ‘dikhawa’ of our religion. “Let’s keep up with the Joneses, let’s slaughter a couple of bakras so that our neighbours don’t think we’re !@#$% goras!”

    For all of you calling Saad a hypocrite? Lame, real lame. Slaughter as many animals in the name of religion, by all means, but before that? PRACTICE being good Muslims in your everyday lives: adhering to customs, fasting, praying five times a day and going for Hajj won’t give you your one-way ticket to heaven — being good, honest, tolerant and compassionate will.

    This is your column Saad, your space, don’t let them make you feel guilty for voicing YOUR opinions.

  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Some people are trying to become ‘GAUTAM BODH”, explaining that they are very mild hearted creatures on this planet. For them my advice is that they should go to India and sit under a banyan tree, and make animals their friends .This is Pakistan and we like to eat meat this way,any problem? “APNI APNI SAMBHALO”


  • Arslan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Writing negative things about some thing is a fashion these days.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:17PM

    We all eat meat, chicken and turkeys. Millions of animals are slaughtered every day. The problem arises when we make a spectacle of the event. Neighbours are invited for the slaughter of a particularly large cow. If a camel is slaughtered the road is blocked, traffic is diverted and there could be close to a thousand spectators making videos of the event.

    This is 100% wrong. This is not what Allah meant when he told the prophet to sacrifice his son. Eid ul Azha can be celebrated like the rest of the Muslim world. Slaughtering of the animals is done in designated areas. Not house-to-house. We should celebrate Eid not make it a circus for slaughtering animals. Perhaps one day the Pakistani people will learn.


  • karajan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:22PM

    @salman malik:

    Agree absolutely with the writer of this article regarding the ghoulish pleasure that very many Pakistanis get in slaughtering animals.

    The basic idea of sacrifice over Bakr Eid is to help people in need, not to stuff one’s own & one’s relatives’ collective stomachs with meat.

    I do believe (and practice) in donating money to reputable charitable organizations, rather than slaughtering animals & then making a glutton of myself.

    It is a pity that the Pakistan psyche allows only two pleasures in it’s interpretation of Islam:

    - Eating ;
    - Getting married & then producing kids.

    Travel abroad frequently & can honestly say that in very few countries are men & women so physically hideous looking as our average Pakistani; who specializes in developing a hanging belly before age thirty.


  • Kamal
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:28PM

    start your writing career with some good stuff rather showing some good thing’s so called bad side. to Express Tribune : start screening ‘Allol Falol’ articles so you could be able to publish some good thing over it.Recommend

  • Saadia
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:33PM

    I am all for rights of speaking ones mind but this is insane. For God Sake don’t seek publicity and humor with our core believes. I like sattire but this is pathetic piece of writingRecommend

  • Bakra
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:34PM

    I’m scared.


  • Fareeha
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:56PM

    An amateur article. Blaspheming this holy day is nothing but pure unadulterated immaturity. Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:27PM

    Its not a suitable time to tell people what you hate about. Its time to tell what you love about eid. As far hating Eid is concerned we have enough non-muslims to do this job.


  • Sao Lao
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:37PM

    @salman malik:
    Excellent Reply.


  • javeria shaukat
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:38PM

    PETA and GLAAD approve of this.


  • Nighat+Khan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:44PM

    I could have written this article bravo!


  • Ali S
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Look at the bright side. These animals would be slaughtered for food anyway. They are blessed to be slaughtered on the day of Eid. I do agree with your last point though – there’s a lot of shameless showing off (“kitne ka mila?”) and wastage of the food, the essence of Eid is to share the sacrifice with those who deserve it (i.e. the poor who can’t afford it).


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:48PM

    @Yas Has:
    wonderful! great comments, not only for hajj but some times ago when the poor,old, sick, male female were dying making line at stores facing brutality of police to get a sack of flour and some “chini” , those who rant now being champion of humanity and scolding religious rituals were in hiding.If only all Muslims in Pakistan generously and honestly submit their zakat, i bet their would be no one called poor here,and will not suicide being not able to provide their children, even prostitution will be eliminated.


  • Humaira
    Nov 6, 2011 - 6:52PM

    English media in Pakistan desires to bring out a new brand of Islam with moderate thoughts and behavior!!I think ET and Dawn should allow the conservative view as well from now on!!!The liberal view is bent on changing all the tenets of Islam!!! Does this actually mean that the obligation in Islam is cruel?Recommend

  • Mansoor
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:11PM

    If you had read Quran with translation, you would Not have used the word Mass Murdering


  • oh come on
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Even an anti-Eid rant could have been in better taste.


  • Behzad
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Seriously guys???? How typical (and frankly, annoying) of your hypersensitive selves to get offended for no big reason. It’s ok to talk about anything here but God forbid anybody ever brings up the bitter truth we all abide by. It’s amazing how Muslims consider these things a personal attack and will wreak havoc but won’t shy away from saying the same about other ‘inferior’ faiths. Please, learn to respect other people’s opinions and thoughts, believe it or not, they’re as important as your own!


  • Mansoor
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:28PM

    I am very much disappointed over ET criteria. I am starting to doubt the integrity of ET. Majority of the religious articles / blog-posts are on the topics that have been clearly defined in our BOOK. Why I said BOOK, and not its name, the guidelines of posting at ET depict that there should not be any reference to a religious book.


  • Manzar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:40PM

    What a load of crap.Can you imagine slaughtering your own kids as was Hazrat Ibrahim’s dream.Allah replaced his son with a goat & accepted his ultimate sacrifice.One should look at the moral of this story in order to be grateful to our Creator for having spared us these kind of trials,Subhan Allah.
    How many people in our country can afford to eat meat at it’s current price,not very many,thus ask our starving & hungry about this day of rejoicing & celebration.They are the ones who do get an opportunity to eat meat & get some necessary proteins in their diet.People are totally unaware of ground realities & contribute to an image of westernised pseudo-intellectuals who are devoid of rational thought process about Islamic principles & lack arguments about frenzy of blood letting.
    Are you really aware of Islamic history,teachings, Quranic Injunctions.Probably not.
    Focus on real issues in our country ,which are numerous & do not raise pseudo-issues thus playing into the hands of forces which are hell bent upon destroying our religion.Recommend

  • Behzad
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:44PM

    @Plagiarism Sucks: Thank You!!!!!!


  • Abdullah Arif
    Nov 6, 2011 - 7:51PM

    dear ET and writer and his supporters….
    1- jews also have an exact festival every year, hindus sacrifice humans for kaaali maa and christians go for thanksgiving turkey…..(so each religion is brutal…done…:)
    2- visit the town slaughter house on any random day…i think animals are still alive there while u buy mince and meat daily throughout the year…
    3- try to understand the spirit and essence behind this event…
    4- ALLAH SWT is RAHEEM….are u trying to tell ALLAH SWT tht u guys r more smart and humble and soft hearted??….
    5- if ur soooo disturbed over sunnah-e-ibraheemi, QUIT BEING A MUSLIM…
    6- you all stop eating chickens n muttons n beefs n fish n camel…switch over to animals that give away their flesh while being alive….
    7- the WEST which you all admire and copy is bombing HUMANS……isnt tht brutal??…nooooo its not as dead humans in africa(of hunger) and muslims look sooo cute…right???….
    8- for you not so kind info, allmeat from hajj goes to the starving ppl in africa, i think its not needed too, right??…let them die, who cares??….
    9- go to ur parents and tell them wht u guys r thinking….i bet they will tell u that ur concepts ar wrong..


  • Vicky
    Nov 6, 2011 - 8:00PM

    What a baseless and insane comments from people for the sensible author who tried to create awareness.
    I really do not understand what kind of sacrifice is this, spending few bucks and slaughtering the weaker ones is sacrifice… Wow!


  • Moiz
    Nov 6, 2011 - 8:08PM

    Lost the essence of ISLAM ???Recommend

  • maryam
    Nov 6, 2011 - 8:52PM

    Poor effort..


  • Nero
    Nov 6, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Lovely article, by far the best I have come across. I feel its good someone can feel mercy atleast. Most Hindus today break a coconut symbolizing skull (thus, symbolizing sacrifice). So Muslims can do something similar. My question is how can killing innocent animals make Allah happy????Recommend

  • Salman
    Nov 6, 2011 - 9:11PM

    I am almost about to stop my subscription to ET as well as stop coming to this website.

    As a MUSLIM, these are our traditions and our beliefs. If you start questioning them, where do you go next?

    Articles on homosexuality and against our beliefs are put up immediately but you disallow quoting from the Quran. Why is that so?


  • Ali
    Nov 6, 2011 - 9:18PM

    It looks more like a story of sad day from your sad life. Recommend

  • Murtaza Ali
    Nov 6, 2011 - 9:37PM

    The reason of this article is simple actually: The author hasn’t received his Eidi.


  • Nov 6, 2011 - 9:37PM


    As a MUSLIM, these are our traditions and our beliefs. If you start questioning them, where do you go next?

    While I share the same annoyance with you on some of the topics and poor argued articles on ET, such as this, cannot agree with this philosophy.

    Will never gain knowledge or progress by not applying critical thinking and analysis, including questioning our traditions and beliefs, which may actually be ideologically incorrect due to changes over time too. Every person of every religious background can then claim the same cop out and weak reasoning to continue doing ignorant or wrongful practices.

    This is the same weak indoctrinated reasoning that was employed by Israrullah Zehri who justified the brutal honour killings of 4 family women as ‘tradition’.


  • Nov 6, 2011 - 9:54PM

    Bashing and hating everything that is in, is a new COOL.


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 9:59PM

    Nero ,think twice before saying anything, this is not your problem, you keep your cows away from the reach of Muslims there ( and it will be ok in India if Muslims stop sacrificing cow,to save a hundred lives in lie of one slaughtering) but dont interfere in our religious matter, can i ask you what your one of the lady gods is holding in her hand,isn’t it a head of a slain man, and what is the concept of “BALI “in your religion ,i have seen most hindu nepalese to slaughter goats with a”brutal “jhatka”, does it make happy to your gods.We dont sacrifice animals to make Allah happy, we do it as a symbol,i cant explain you here and i don’t feel it necessary too.Thousands of Mumbai restaurants are making mutton and beaf biryanis that your people are consuming day and night.Isn’t a fish alive in water,with blood and flesh,before you cought them ,that you eat,isn’t that flesh. Dont fool anyone giving example of coconut,we dont believe in deceiving, in sacrifice,only living things could be sacrificed and what could be better than an animal,or do you suggest something?


  • Kareem Khan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:00PM

    Amazing Article ! I feel the same way about Eid-ul-Adha. The genocidal rage against goats is frightening !


  • salman malik
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:06PM

    this comment was edited….remaining of my comment, whatever ET published….obviously i believed…are you ready to take care animals for free?and how much? or ready to send them to jungles to be killed by other animals?do you have state where you will create billions of jobs for dairy farmers and shopkeepers and industry workers ?and one more thing if you don’t eat meat,believe me,if you break your natural canine teeth you will still survive why you don’t do this?y you need them?will you provide vegetables to these animals and will you fulfill the increasing demand of vegetables?what about shoe and jackets you wear?do you know Africans are suffering food shortage and in next 3 days only Saudi government will send tons of meat to feed them ohk stop them and send vegetables for poor Africans to survive…


  • salman malik
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:11PM

    your comment is not answer to my questions


  • Nero
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:11PM

    @Ikramuddin Akbar: I did not mean to demean any religious belief. What I wanted to say was that the animals also feel pain and its not good to kill poor animals. Secondly, you are correct about “BALI” in Hindu religion but with time this tradition has been replaced by COCONUT BREAKING as a substitute, thus saving the lives of innocent animals. Isn’t that great !!!
    And please think the meaning of SACRIFICE. SACRIFICE is giving up some prized possession. For eg, a soldier giving up his life for the country, or a woman giving up a career for raising children. When you slaughter an animal, how can that be sacrifice by you? The pain was felt by the animal, not you!!!


  • salman malik
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:16PM

    yes you can be 100% Muslim being vegetarian ..because it is optional not compulsory to eat meat but qurbani is compulsory…you are not more humble and kind and wis more than Allah and Rasool SAW..if Prophet can tell us how to walk and how to talk and how to wash yourself then surely he would have stopped us eating meat but he and Allah didn’t stop it but order it


  • Nov 6, 2011 - 10:17PM

    man u cant question after God has said something and u must agree upon it if you have a strong faith!!!!


  • Still a Pakistani
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Except for point no.8 all is just crap. Somehow all of a sudden it’s okay to celebrate Halloween but you have problems with your own traditions…interesting indeed! :S


  • Nov 6, 2011 - 10:18PM

    u cant question Allah’s command if u r a true muslim wid a strong faith!!!


  • Manoj
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:20PM

    @salman malik:

    Your all points are accepted, and it is not the question of Hindu and Muslim ritual. In the both the religion sacrifice is part and partial of the ritual. But important question which arises out of such ritual is the mass and organized killing of million of animals in one or two day in full public view.

    The purpose of sacrifice was to reaffirm our dedication to God by sacrificing the most loved or valuable to God. In those days when this practice started, animal was the most valuable property of human being and by sacrificing animal they used to show the God that how deeply he loves him. But now in 21st Century in my opinion, their are many more valuable article people poses like money, Gold, grain etc. Why can not we donate these valuable article to prove ourselves a better Hindu or muslim.


  • FAZ
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:24PM

    Dear Saad
    at point 6: If you never had seen blood in your life then you would have freaked out the moment any thing real happened in your life, like a major cut or an accident (God forbid)
    Thanks to your “muslim” tradition, that wont happen i guess!


  • Nov 6, 2011 - 10:34PM

    Honestly wrote a good point by point counter-argument reply earlier to the article’s 10 reasons. Wish ET had published that comment, as I had put some time into it. Perhaps it was long or boring and sidelined in favour for more emotional charged comments. Controversy sells, I guess. Regardless, Eid Mubarak to everyone…hope that greeting doesn’t annoy the anti-Eid sulkers.


  • Arjun
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:47PM

    Nero, please don’t make stuff up. If you aren’t Hindu, don’t speak for them. Breaking a coconut has nothing to do with skulls. It’s done because it’s considered the purest thing you can offer since the water and coconut inside is covered by a hard kernel and thus unpolluted by the environment. Please read up before posting stuff that makes the Vedic faith look barbaric.

    Saad, it’s good to see someone questioning barbaric pre-historic rituals of one’s faith. It takes courage. Bravo!


  • Nov 6, 2011 - 10:48PM

    PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals


  • Arjun
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:48PM

    Nero, Google and you will find more explanations for using coconuts in pujas.

    Also, this article and discussion is about Baqr Eid – please leave other religions out of it. Thanks.


  • Atheist
    Nov 6, 2011 - 10:57PM

    Why not slaughter a hundred terrorists this bakra-eid?Recommend

  • Repeater
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:00PM

    i highly agree with the writer . . . i wil agree that these rich ppl who do sacrifice cant collectively make a particular place in every area so that their will b no public display of slaughtering . . .plua i wud like to mention one thing and that is while doin this slaughtering children r also present for sight seeing which wil not b beneficial and will pose a negative impact on their mentality . . . in west one shud always observe the dignity of animal sacrifice and restrain their children from watching live violence . . . please see that some of sensitive children will try to do the same act with their brothers or sisters and they also make a “kasai game” with other children that mite result in disasters as one wud use actual knife instead of a toy and will slaughter the other . . . i hope ppl will agreee , ,,


  • Rizvi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:04PM

    Well I have travelled to many countries as well, and most people think Pakistanis are the most good looking and fit people in Asia.


  • Hairaan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:05PM

    @Kareem Khan:
    And have you ever wondered why the goats are not extinct? Despite the fact that these are being sacrifice from thousands of years. The reason is very simple. God created these sacrificial animals. And again its the God who ordered to sacrifice these. So its no genocide. Rather its a healthy economical and commercial activity and hundreds of thousand people earn their bread and butter from this trade. From those who breed these animals, feed them, sale them, transport them, slaughter them, process their hides, make finished goods from the hides, export these goods and the list goes on.

    And by the way, besides Eid, millions of animals are slaughtered throughout the years and we all very happily eat their meat visiting KFCs, McDonald and the like. But when it comes to sacrificing in the name of God and fulfilling the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahem all liberals feel a pinch in their hearts.


  • Rizvi
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Well, majority of the people do give 1/3rd part of the meat to the poor people and also donate the skins to charities. You are just talking about a small rich minority.


  • Mumbaikar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:11PM

    Worth repeating again.
    “How some parents think watching Jackie Chan act like a nincompoop in a movie is bad influence for their kids, but watching four blood-soaked men brutally attack, slaughter, skin and butcher an 800 pound cow — live — is healthy entertainment.”


  • salman malik
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:35PM

    its not organized and “mass murdering” it looks so.y ?because Muslim do this on their religious festival and every1 gets the idea of mass killing of animals otherwise do you know how much “ONLY” KFC slaughter animals “only” in one day?can you imagine and vegetarians don’t make cry? and only rich(defined by Islam sacrifice not poor) sacrifice and 1/3 of meat and skins go to poor and needy…but rich Muslims are minority as compare to non Muslim rich who enjoy meat at KFC McDonald and others..Muslim don’t consume too much meat as compare to them…and yes rich Muslim (defined by Islam) also pay 2.5% of their annual saving wealth(Gold,silver,asssets other than house) every year on Eid-Ul Fitr (after Ramzan) and only poor get it…that’s also compulsory…


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 6, 2011 - 11:59PM

    What about the brutal bull fighting “entertainment”, in Spain?. in the name of game. what we do here needs courage,its not a cowaring , but a many job.not for every one.


  • antanu g
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:11AM

    the blogger cant even spell the correct word for eidulazha and writes BAKRA EID … relating the event with BAKRA ( goat ) . So its useless to comment on his blog. Being an Indian and Hindu…even I know better the meaning of the word and the concept behind the ritual.Recommend

  • D
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:16AM

    Loser stop eating then and Get some cholorophyll injected so you may grow by photosynthesis


  • D
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:18AM

    You have a reason to say that and we muslims should respect your beliefs.But what about them!


  • nikhat
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:22AM

    @Yas Has:
    spending money on shadis is also a Sin.shadi should be very simple. islam EMPHASIS on simplicity. sacrificing animals outside hajj is not Farz. why cant you give this bakra money to someone who can spend it whereever he/she likes. basically you can not give up meat. accept it. and people who enjoy seeing animals being sacrificed are the dumb ones. no decent person likes to see death with enjoyment.


  • Salman
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Absolutely amazing!

    Whatever the content of the article, which itself has a lot of weight, your COURAGE is more appreciable than anybody’s “noble” intentions of sacrificing meat.


  • D
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:25AM

    Just google ‘muslim reverts’ and you’l inshaAllah see those are the people of wisdom


  • Nov 7, 2011 - 12:41AM

    May Allah bless everyone who agrees with Saad Zuberi. Fantastic article thanks for keeping the flame of ‘Insaaniyat’ alive in this troubled world.


  • Dr Mishra
    Nov 7, 2011 - 1:08AM

    AUTHOR did have a point

  • Anonymous
    Nov 7, 2011 - 1:57AM

    WOW dude, you don’t feel bad when you are eating chicken beef or some kind of meat? Whether its bakra eid or not both ways, animals get killed and are eaten by us humans, same thing na? Then why trying to become so cool? Your argument would only make sense if you were a vegetarian, IF YOU ARE NOT A VEGETARIAN THEN YOUR ARGUMENT IS ABSOLUTELY NONSENSE.


  • Badar
    Nov 7, 2011 - 2:46AM

    @ Author ….. TOUGHEN UP PRINCES!!!!


  • Anwar
    Nov 7, 2011 - 3:06AM

    It is alright to celebrate Eid
    It is alright to sacrifice animals on Eid day
    It is alright to eat meat (if your religion allows)
    It is alright to slaughter animals in the world all year

    It is NOT OK to make a spectacle of Eid
    It is NOT OK to kill animals in front of a large audience
    It is NOT OK to make a video and put it on You tube for the whole world to see.
    It is NOT OK to make your whole city filthy with rotting animal waste and blood everywhere.

    Finally it is HORRENDOUS to encourage children to watch and take part in this ritual.

    God wanted us to sacrifice an animal in remembrance for the sacrifice our prophet made for his son. We have made it into a circus for killing large animals for our entertainment. May God help us.


  • Saad
    Nov 7, 2011 - 4:45AM

    Dude, stop doing the “mass murder”. I am pretty sure how you feel about it doesn’t make God happy either.


  • Nov 7, 2011 - 6:40AM

    erhhh!!! i hate the way they qurban bakra on street and after that people don’t even clean the mess.. i want kasab khana in karachi like dubai :)


  • Yousuf Fayyaz
    Nov 7, 2011 - 7:45AM

    I would say Nice Article , Mr. Saad Zuberi
    I just love the humor in it.

    And for those people who know the (ahm ahem, Sarcasm alert) “Correct Islam”
    1. I have been living in Saudi Arabia all my life, usually celebrate eid here itself but last year I celebrated Eid ul adha in Karachi, and seriously, is that the essence of Eid ? Other than blood which makes the roads unclean there is a lot of greed,showoff and disturbance. All things which I had never seen before in celebration of an Islamic festival.
    2. Get some SENSE OF HUMOR !

    Yousuf Fayyaz Recommend

  • Munazza Gillani
    Nov 7, 2011 - 8:09AM

    @M Ali Khan:

    I really like the Way you described in one line


  • you'resohypnotising
    Nov 7, 2011 - 8:16AM

    I bet you love mcdonalds! what do you think their burgers are made of? Grass? :)


  • Rizwan
    Nov 7, 2011 - 8:40AM


    Thats a good one!


  • Ernest
    Nov 7, 2011 - 9:10AM

    Hats off to you Saad, this is a wonderful article and a daring one. Being a vegetarian myself, this Eid is particuarly disgusting and the way the masses take toll on innocent life by conveniently distorting the message of sacrifice in Ibraheem’s story. And your writing style is pretty cool!


  • sana
    Nov 7, 2011 - 10:36AM

    LOL @ undernourished midget cow!
    if nothing else, the writer deserves an accolade for good use of words and description… I totally get what you’re saying!


  • Samara
    Nov 7, 2011 - 10:43AM

    The writer hasn’t spoken against eid (except maybe in point #2… but then how many of you can really say you’ve never secretly wondered about the slaughtering of poor voice-less animals)

    All the poor guy is tryying to say is he’s not a fan of how this tradition has been changed over the years with people not paying attention to cleanliness and the dignity of the animals they slaughter for Allah.
    Making a spectacle of the slaughtering is wrong. Countries like Saudi Arabia don’t allow personal slaughtering in the streets…because CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS…. or have you all forgotten that!?!?

    exposing children to blood and gutted animals DOES have a bad influence on them…

    saving all the meat for yourself is not what Allah has instructed!

    point # 8 says it all!!!

    you say 1/3 meat is for the poor… but how many of you can honestly say you make fair division??? I’m sure most of you keep the good meaty parts for your bar-b-qs and give the unfavourable pieces to the poor masis/drivers/needy…

    think before you speak people. that too is an important part of islam.Recommend

  • Nomi
    Nov 7, 2011 - 10:59AM

    Wasn’t the 10-thing-i-hate section supposed to be a funny, easy-read section with no serious implications??

    Then why is everyone’s kincker in a knot here? What is wrong with you people? Are you really that bored with life? If you don’t agree with something that isn’t asking to be agreed with to begin with, please just move on.
    I’m sure the writer is having a good laugh somewhere because you’ve ALL just helped prove him right! We as a nation can’t do anything in a decent fashion!


  • Gopi Shankar
    Nov 7, 2011 - 11:18AM

    @ Salman Malik

    Perhaps you need to go back and do some serious reading. If anything, its animal farming that’s causing food shortages globally. Nearly 70% of all the food grain that’s grown in the US (the world’s largest food producer) and 40% of all the food grains grown globally are fed to animals to fatten them to feed humans. If humans consumed all this food direct, we wouldn’t have malnutrition and starvation anywhere. Not just that, animal farming is responsible for 18% of the global greenhouse gas emission. That is the second largest contributing factor after power generation. Vehicle emission or transport contributes just 13% of the emissions. More recent studies suggest that nearly 51% of the GHG emissions come from animal farming, making it the single most important contributing factor for climate change. And you don’t have to look far for consequences. You had the most unprecedented flooding recently.

    Lot of fallacious arguments in your posting…won’t even bother answering all of them.


  • you'resohypnotising
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Yeah as if you don’t eat those huge hamburgers from McDonalds, Burger king etc etc. What do you think those burgers are made of? Grass? :)


  • nikhat
    Nov 7, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Jamshed, whether its turkey, chicken, beef,mutton or pork, it allcomes under animal cruelty. Meat eaters willjustify the killings in the name of religion— again misusing the religion. Our dear Prophet was kind to animals so why can not we?


  • salman malik
    Nov 7, 2011 - 1:12PM

    @Gopi Shankar:
    ohk now you want to put animals into starvation?or move them to jungles? then ultimately they will be killed…what is point?and you are thinking about the animals who are made for humans…but you are not giving solution or alternative to billion+ people who directly or indirectly earns through it? what you are saying is just myth not reality and nor practical…even if possible then first arrange the alternate then advice others to be vegetarian…otherwise keep silence


  • Sana
    Nov 7, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Becoming a vegetarian for a couple of weeks after freaking out at the sight of above-mentioned blood.
    Ha Ha! I thought i was the only one. Yup that happens with me as well. I can’t eat meat for atleast one week. So i will be a vegetarian for one week starting from today.

    @ author
    My fellow Pakistanis didn’t get your point. They think you are weak hearted or something. What they don’t understand is that it all comes from feeling someone’s pain no matter if it’s an animal. I mean how dare you question that? :) No matter how much we deny that, we do feel guilty about slaughtering an animal.

    @ fellow Pakistanis
    Atleast don’t show so much glee on slaughtering an animal. The writer is asking to show some sensitivity if you guys have any.


  • Sarvesh
    Nov 7, 2011 - 1:53PM

    @Saad Zuberi;
    Good to see that someone has courage to question a cruel tradition.


  • mustafa dx
    Nov 7, 2011 - 4:18PM

    boring article ever readRecommend

  • Fareed
    Nov 7, 2011 - 7:37PM

    lets come to first point of consideration
    the writer is “saad” and writing this article means he is very far off from the true essence of religion.
    this is just a way of getting attention by mere presentation of religion of islam in a poor way.
    now lets come to fact:
    he must be knowing that writing this kind of article will draw a lot of attention
    so let me say this tradition of islam is continuing before this chap was born
    and i m proud to be an indian muslim to admit that India is the only country in the world which gives right to preach, promote and propogate one’s own religion { acc. to indian constitution}
    and we muslims are so obedient that we cannot neglect the word of the Almighty GOD whether one feels good or bad about it.


  • asif
    Nov 7, 2011 - 9:54PM

    agree with u .


  • Fahad
    Nov 7, 2011 - 11:05PM

    I disagree with your most points.


  • Hamid
    Nov 7, 2011 - 11:54PM

    I would love to listen ten things you love


  • I believe in Allah like never before
    Nov 8, 2011 - 12:12AM

    There are only 2 reasons for not believing or to practise what has been offered to us as a “GIFT”.

    1 – You’re not a Muslim
    2 – You’re still a kid and decided not to grow. In that case, you need spanking…

    Dude, its not a joke. You need to understand the basics of our religion and you must admire the fact that at the right time, “DUMBA” was given to prophet for qurbani otherwise it would be you getting butchered every year….

    I wonder, how Christmas cherish your thoughts every year, or perhaps the wild alcohol parties… you must have 10 reasons to like them..

    I am always very disappointed with such people who try hard to hold their fears behind reasoning. For me this is an incomplete topic and must specifiy that if you have 10 reasons not to like it then tell us how it should be done…..Of course…ur no different than any other who is also astrayed from the reality.


  • Dislike
    Nov 8, 2011 - 12:48AM

    i feel that ppl write articles like these these to get attention and so far u have succeeded. Btw totally nonsense article i dont know why its even here


  • Adarsh
    Nov 8, 2011 - 1:26AM

    It was nauseating discussion. Faithfuls defending brutal display of violence with so many oft repeated logic. KFC appeared also every other post. In west slaughterhouses follow a set a norm and are isolated also mostly mechanized. The experience is much less traumatic for animal as well as the consumer. Also, it is not sanctioned by religion.

    Driven by curiosity I visited a few upload on youtube where folks were struggling to ties cows and oxen and then slit animals throat in most disgusting manner, mostly in front of their houses. Most of you think your religion sanctions that brutality. I am not a faint hearted yet I think its gross. I would avoid doing that in front of my house for sake of well being of my family and neighbors.

    I am sure it wont make much sense to faithfuls and that OK.


  • Annie
    Nov 8, 2011 - 2:02AM

    @Imran Mohammad: The criterion is a foreign degree, label of an expensive institution attached to your name, anything which is novel and would arouse public fury and reaction, resulting in more and more people hitting the Tribune link, and lastly, any piece of writing which can satiate the liberal viewpoint.


  • Nov 8, 2011 - 2:07AM

    And I thought some people were going nuts over hardees!


  • nikhat
    Nov 8, 2011 - 2:54AM

    i dont eat animals and proud of it. allah has given me the kindness and enlightened me. when there are other options like eating green chlorophyll,why on earth i eat an unhealthy diet. you keep on eating animals and in return they will curse you and u will end up having cancers and cardiovascular diseases as meat and dairy product are the cause of it.good luck.


  • nikhat
    Nov 8, 2011 - 2:58AM

    like it karajan. when will our people learn.


  • nikhat
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:10AM

    thats bad too.


  • nikhat
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:15AM

    like your comment Vicky. people are always scared of new things,like for eg science. in olden days they called witches to women who were knowledgable. i am proud of the writer who has started this ROSHNI to educate the people.if jews,christians, hindus do something cruel why should we copy them.anyways western people are more kinder to animals then eastern.


  • nikhat
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:26AM

    i think the writer is more close to religion and god . you are away as you can not think that animals are also living being. how would you feelif someone stronger than you ,kill you .also think care fully many peopel in some countries are being killed for whatever reason by strong and powerful. they might think they are right in killing them .


  • Nusrat
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:25AM

    Well said….I cannot digest this mass throat-cutting festival. When you cut the throats of other mammals, it becomes easy to cut the throats of humans. The irony is- the husbands cut the throats, their wives mop up the blood and their children watch, learn and get desensitised to throat-cutting. No wonder our society has so much violence and blood-lust.


  • 10th
    Nov 8, 2011 - 5:41AM

    I totally disagree with your blog, except for maybe a couple of points.

    We’d be better off if over-excited residents decided to sacrifice animals in their own houses, rather than the damn main road. If you don’t have space in your own house, get it done at someone elses house, not private friking property!

    Also, people need to stop buying animals just for the sake of flaunting their wealth. I don’t see the need to import livestock from Australia and New Zealand, when for the same amount of money, you could get way more animals and meat!

    Our society has ruined the true spirit of Eid.


  • Dr.A.K. Tewari
    Nov 8, 2011 - 8:00AM

    Saad , Very good effort to give voice to the voiceless including the animals. KEEP IT UP .


  • Anonymous
    Nov 8, 2011 - 9:14AM

    Being a muslim please read the guidance regarding Baqr Eid (Eid-ul- Azha) then comment. Im proud to be a muslim and i dearly respect the act of sacrificing animals in the name of Allah.

    Rest whatever ppl say against this, is all child stuff. Kindly google it rather searching porn and valentine gifts.


  • HassanB
    Nov 8, 2011 - 9:59AM

    Zuberi and ET,

    You just wasted 8 mins of my life!

    Your neighborhood has greater problems than muslims slaughtering animals on Eid ul Adha. Wake up, smell the coffee and look around ‘son!


  • FAZ
    Nov 8, 2011 - 11:33AM

    You are not enlightened, you are in a illusion!
    Meat is halal, and it is in some amount, essential for your body. Go and ask any nutritionist. The problem is when you overdo something. If you read through the the lifestyle of our Prophet (SAWW) you would find a perfect balanced diet that included all grains, vegetables, milk as well as meat. The problem starts when u fill up your deep freezers with meat and eat full bellies of BBQ and stuff for days and days! There is a saying in punjabi “I am tired of eating but still not full”. With such kind of mentality not only u would end up in a hospital soon but on a large socio economic scale u would create an imbalance in the society where the rich would be sick of eating while the poor would be malnourished!
    I hope u got my point


  • Mohmd Yunus
    Nov 8, 2011 - 11:50AM

    @Raza Shah:

    You are mistaken Lady.
    He might have written the article with grammatical or other mistakes.
    But he has written this with a PURE HEART.
    He would be more closer to Allah for he has decided to save the creatures of Allah, While we sacrifice His creatures to Him. Shame on Me !! Shame on all of us !!
    Dear Saadbhai I will also give up his practice from this moment itself.
    Thanks for Enlightening me with your knowledge.


  • Mohmd Yunus
    Nov 8, 2011 - 11:54AM


    Try doing this to your Son/ Daughter / Mother / father / Husband / Wife.
    And ask them Whether was that Painful ??
    I think a knowledgable person would understan this..


  • nikhat
    Nov 8, 2011 - 11:59AM

    dear meat eaters, we can not change your mind but i am glad that the author did try to wake us up.welldone Saad. also would request you to go and research what meat and animal products are doing to our bodies. cancers , heart diseases and illnesses are all linked to alcohol, smoking and animal products. if u love your kids, then dont eat soooooooooooooo much meat.
    be kind to animals and to yourself too. no more debate from me.
    best wishes


  • sanity calling!
    Nov 8, 2011 - 12:19PM

    oh for the love of god people… i hardly think saad wrote this with hate for eid or the tradition of qurbani in mind. he (just like me and millions of people around the world who also eat meat) is simply irked by the gore and the blood and the callousness some of us do qurbani with.

    why have you all turned a funny short article into such a serious debate. go out and enjoy eid with your bakras and cows and meat if you’re all such big fans! why are you wasting this beautiful holiday indoors fighting on a website!?!?!


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 8, 2011 - 12:28PM

    When you will eat all the “GREENS” what would be left for animals.


  • kausar
    Nov 8, 2011 - 12:33PM

    @Raza Shah:
    v true…


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 8, 2011 - 12:43PM

    this article should be “closed for comments” now. but the thing is that we have gone to far from the real topic and it seems we are on a battle field just for animals.in fact this is purely a muslim matter and ritual but we can see that every DICK AND HARRY thought it their religious right to interfere in our matter.Ofcourse mostly we in Pakistan dont know what precautions should be taken before qurbqni.
    It should be in acoverd area not at the doorstep of every homes,not on streets,in an allocated area, and finally every muslims should know that qurbani is not a festival or contest, or showing off something.
    So have your happy Eid meal


  • Ikramuddin Akbar
    Nov 8, 2011 - 1:01PM

    Less people die of heart problems and cancers in the world caused by meat and dairy products, more die of AIDS, MALARIA,ACCIDENTS,AND WARS,so dont worry meat is not our real enemy,In america in a single chrismas day, in all the states, more than 2000 people die of accidents, they are not vegetarians .Eat everything available except haram but burn it.


  • khalid khalil
    Nov 8, 2011 - 1:24PM

    Purpose of Eid.

    1) Remembrance of Sunnat-e-Ibrahim
    – Muslim Sacrifice the animal in remembrance of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) great sacrifice.
    – Person should remember that the Qurbani is a sacrifice of ones money , love for the ALLAH.
    – People do argue with me . if you want to show love to ALLAH , why not wake up early in the morning, start caring for poor. be more poious. but i ask them , that is you have to be either you are doing the sacrificing or not. dont compare one deed with another. how many of us has the courage to go and slaughter our only son for the ALLAH as prophet ibrahim at that time only had one son Ismail (A.S.).
    – one should slaughter with his own hand so he his heart and mind can become more strong. and remember that while sacrificing the animal that prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) sacrifice his own son for the love of GOD.
    2) Sacrifice and Brotherhood
    – we have love for the money but when we sacrifice an animal , we look for a better animal cause there are 3 parts to it. 1/3 for one self. 1/3 for relative and 1/3 for the poor. a person seeking a good animal will give good meat to the deserving people.
    – to give the deserving people right to good food and also the hide of the animal should go only to the poor.
    – only eligible on sahib-e-nisaab. so those people who cant pay zakat , cannot sacrifice an animal and we should provide the meat to these people who are our relatives and love ones.
    – plus it is one duty to clean the place.
    – and if you have meat and you want to invite your love ones for dinner or bar.b.que there is no haram in it. it is always good to invite people and have feast and spread love between your friends and family

    i will not call you anything but a person with short sightedness and illiterate. you might have studied in the university but it has close your mind rather than opening it. be liberal and start understanding the values before opening your mouth


  • Tariq Azmi
    Nov 8, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Nikhat, you do have the right to air your personal opinion, fair enough. But I would humbly request you to exercise restrain while commenting on subjects about which, you have a little knowledge. Qurbani is not a ‘ritual’. In fact in Islam there is no ritual. If you are mixing it up with Islamic tradition, then it is sad. I cannot comment on your upbringing, because I donot know your background. But please read about ‘ Baqraeid’ as you choose to call it in detail. Islam is a logical religion and there is no ritual. Probably, you are more in contact with people following rituals than God’s commands.
    To be vegetarian is good and you have the right to be one; nobody should ever have problem with that. There are millions of animals’ right suppporters across the world. I am one of them. But in my opinion our protest should only be limited to ill treatment of animals, NOT against their legal slaughter, specially for religious purposes.


  • aqs 64
    Nov 8, 2011 - 2:01PM

    u r idiot……. dnt u dare take false steps


  • antanu g
    Nov 8, 2011 - 3:18PM

    @zalim singh:
    i am a bengali….and routinely witness the sacrifice rituals at goddess kali temples…what us this? easy to criticize other’s riligious rituals


  • zalim singh
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:20PM

    @ antanu g

    i simply said that Vegetarianism is more civilised than slaughtering and eating flesh. Never criticised any religion. Pl read my statement clearly.


  • Nov 8, 2011 - 4:26PM

    It seems you dont know the significance of Eid-ul-Adha. No parent thinks this is a healthy entertainment. Second, you call this mass murder. Feel some shame. Again read and educate yourself and stop wasting digital space.Recommend

  • bakree
    Nov 8, 2011 - 4:42PM

    A LITTLE respect for the dead/sacrificial animals…. thats all the writer and I are asking for. Is it too much to ask from a junglee heartless nation!? go out on the streets… you will see blood and ojris and spare parts everywhere on the street which is breeding grounds for flies and bugs and germs that HARM humans and spread diseases and viruses
    we remember qurbani but we forget all about cleanliness! Recommend

  • Eymaad
    Nov 8, 2011 - 6:09PM

    I just can’t believe that people are thinking this way also, and nikhat, old islamic rituals, would you please explain the latest Islamic rituals…Recommend

  • Mr Sanity
    Nov 8, 2011 - 8:21PM

    To all those comparing the Eid massacre to everyday slaughter, please bear in mind that the vast majority of eid slaughtermen are NOT trained, so minimal suffering is not guaranteed.

    @SalSal I have witnessed both western and halal slaughter methods, and can categorically state that the western method (stunning first) is in no way worse. The animal is NOT immediately unconscious in halal slaughter, cows can often take up to 5 minutes to dieRecommend

  • nikhat
    Nov 9, 2011 - 12:47AM

    islam is not cruel but muslims can be like any other race.


  • benish
    Nov 9, 2011 - 11:07AM

    It amazing how this modernization has made us over sensitive towards the animals and insensitive towards humans …


  • nikhat
    Nov 9, 2011 - 12:05PM

    @Abdullah Arif:
    treating animals badly and also eating too much meat is bad and we will be punished for that. the punishment is already can be seen in the forms of cancers.


  • nikhat
    Nov 9, 2011 - 1:23PM

    dear Faz ,i would love to correct you. we need protiens and not meat. amino acids in daal and rice or kheer give us enoough protiens to survive.


  • Zafar
    Nov 9, 2011 - 8:37PM

    Dear Saad Zuberi
    I will accept your logic, if you confess to be an absolute vegetarian. If not, then, you are just trying to score a point as a self proclaimed enlightened modernist


  • Arshad Hussain
    Nov 10, 2011 - 9:32AM

    i am feeling ……………………………


  • Serenity
    Nov 10, 2011 - 9:52PM

    So you obviously want to be invited to the US or some other western country? Right? Grow up


  • A. F.
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:27PM

    So basically you cannot bring yourself to cope with the mass murder of animals within 72 hours? Do you realise there’s a lot more ‘mass murder’ of a lot more animals going on, every hour in the world. And your hamburger and steaks come from the same source too. You see it or you don’t it, it doesn’t make a difference.Recommend

  • Emma Khan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:54AM

    I’m surprised by the mentality of the Pakistani people. I see countless comments here condemning the writer for speaking his mind against a very valid concern. He, nor I or anyone else who’s irked by the blood and gore we have to witness every year during Bakra Eid, is simply asking people to carry out the ritual in a slightly less callous way.
    Islam is very particular about respecting the dead, whether it is humans or animals. No one here is saying eating meat is wrong because it isn’t, but butchering animals on the streets in front of a ‘sadictically gleeful audience’ IS wrong.
    Do it in private. Save your sacrificial animal some dignity. Then clean the place up. Don’t leave the animal’s head and stomach to rot on the street. Then distribute the meat in the proper prescribend manner. Don’t save the best parts for yourself.
    And most importantly, learn to be a little tolerant of others’ point of views. If you like blood and gore, good for you. but there are a lot of people in the world who lose their appetite if their food is not clean and prepared in a decent fashion. You can’t blame someone for caring about hygiene.


  • Anwar Hasan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:42PM

    Nobody is objecting the the act of Qurbani. The objection is to the way it is done. The animal is paraded on the streets, cutting is done on the streets, children are encourages to take part in the killing and all the waste is left on the streets to rot and increase the fly population a hundred times.


  • Nov 12, 2011 - 2:27PM

    One can’t be a muslim if one doesn’t beleive in bakra eid!Recommend

  • Ussama Sajid
    Nov 12, 2011 - 4:58PM

    These are the thoughts of the new generation about of religious festival


  • @Shujaat Khan
    Nov 12, 2011 - 7:18PM

    How easy it is for the so-called true saviours of Islam to go around judging people and declaring who’s Muslim and who’s not! Everybody will go to Allah alone. Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Nov 13, 2011 - 1:16AM

    @Shujaat Khan:
    I thought its Allah who decides the fate of a person’s belief.Recommend

  • A.
    Nov 13, 2011 - 10:20AM

    LOL! I’ll pass it as a mere entertaining piece. Nothing else!


  • misspink
    Nov 13, 2011 - 7:37PM

    I’m guessing this was satire and not meant to be taken seriously, which is why I found it funny. Obviously agree with the fact that slaughtering shouldn’t be done in the streets in front of people (especially children), plus it’s not very hygienic to leave animal body parts strewn all across the place. I spent just one bakra eid in pakistan (never witnessed the qurbani thing), but did witness people’s boasting and bragging over cows and camels and whatever. Either way the whole “mass murder” thing is a bit unsettling, but then when you think about why we do it, plus all the guidelines for proper slaughtering (unlike how you see people doing it), it’s not like it’s made to look like. Plus as many already mentioned, mass murdering of animals takes place every day, guess seeing it live makes all the difference. Recommend

  • Anwar
    Nov 14, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Allah wanted us to do qurbani in respect for our prophet. We have turned it around into a mass-killing circus. The non-Muslims are watching in disgust at the way Muslims butcher animals (there are 5 billion NON-Muslims in this world). This is bringing a very negative image of Islam and people are disgusted with Islam. This is not what we want. We must present qurbani is a good way that the people will see it in a positive way. The way is to stop door-to-door qurbani.


  • Nov 14, 2011 - 3:51PM

    The only thing i don’t like abt how we practice Eid-ul-Adha is forgetting the basic principle of Islam: Cleanliness. Blood and other parts of animals are left on streets to decay and remind people that it was Eid, for many days.
    I think if this sacrificing is done in some butcher house outside residential premises it will help a lot of people. This practice is common in many Arab and European countries and i think should be practised here too.


  • irfan jamil
    Nov 15, 2011 - 8:30PM

    very good answer buddy
    Thats our Shariat and Islam.Recommend

  • irfan jamil
    Nov 15, 2011 - 8:33PM

    @salman malik:
    very good answer..Recommend

  • Hasia
    Nov 22, 2011 - 5:46AM

    Your use of genocide is absurd and offensive. If you’re going to complain, get your definitions in line. No one here is trying to eradicate goats.

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