Beware the self-proclaimed butcher

Published: November 17, 2010
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A 3-city comparison of Eid-ul-Azha animal markets.

A 3-city comparison of Eid-ul-Azha animal markets.

LAHORE: Butchers may be charging up to Rs3,000 to slaughter a goat this Eid-ul-Azha, but it will be money well spent if they do the job properly. Paying less to get an amateur may ruin your Eid.

At least that was the experience of Mohammad Saqib, a retired army officer who lives in Cantonment, last year. His sacrificial goat turned out to be pregnant, but the ‘butcher’ did not notice that. Islam does not encourage the slaughter of pregnant animals.

“What kind of butcher does not know a pregnant animal?” asked Saqib, who could not afford another goat. “This is just another way of making money. What these people forget is that they will be held accountable by God and punished.”

Saleem Ahmed, a resident of Garden Town, says people should be wary of butchers charging too little. He became suspicious when a man he was negotiating with for the slaughter of his animal on Eid went from an opening offer of Rs1,500 immediately down to Rs500.His neighbours had referred Ahmed to the man, who was their maid’s brother-in-law from Kasur. “They told me that he had come to the city to make money during Eid-ul-Azha. He worked as a butcher at a poultry shop in Kasur. He had never slaughtered a goat,” he said.

Residents of Saddar Bazaar, Cantonment, said that last year they had caught several non-Muslim butchers pretending to be Muslims and handed them over to the police. Animals slaughtered by non-Muslims are not considered halal.

Qari Mohammad Imran of the Jamaatul Khair madrassa in Johar Town, said that amateur butchers not only ruin the sacrifice, but are also cruel to the animals. Islam does not allow the torture of animals, he said. “The neck must be quickly cut with a sharp knife. Otherwise the sacrifice is resented (makrooh),” he said.

He added that learning about the traditional Islamic method of slaughtering animals would help people judge proper butchers from amateurs.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2010.

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  • Nov 17, 2010 - 4:56AM

    It is high time people learn how to sacrifice their own animal rather then relying on some amateur butcher who is even worse than oneself. It might be reasonable for someone to find a butcher for the sacrifice of camels or cows though but goats can easily be handled and slaughtered.

    This is then SUNNAH and certainly has benefits into preparing oneself for larger sacrifices in the way of ALLAH in terms of money,life and property. Recommend

  • Muhammad Sarfraz Abbasi
    Nov 17, 2010 - 2:13PM

    an excellent reading. I liked it.Recommend

  • Massih
    Nov 17, 2010 - 4:18PM

    Killing animals is outright cruel whether it is pregnant or not it doesn’t make any difference.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Nov 18, 2010 - 12:23AM

    Excellent article! To solve this problem is easy buy 2 animals to sacrifice! One for testing to see if butcher is experienced and if he is use him for the next. As far as problem of non-muslim butcher is concerned, have him pull down his pants and check his penis!!!
    Best solution is to teach, have a separate course in the primary school to teach how to properly sacrifice an animal. We can bring in a butcher to the school once a month and have him demonstrate the proper way to sacrifice an animal. Of course, each month it will be a different animals, goat, cow,camel etc. This way the future generation will be well trained and self-sufficient in sacrificing their own animals.
    Another benefit of this sacrifice-101 course in primary school is that by witnessing blood,innards and the suffering of these animals, the future generation will get desensitized to the daily show of human innards and blood on our street by the soldiers of Allah!Recommend

  • Hina
    Nov 19, 2010 - 3:15AM

    [email protected] Anonymous. WTH?!!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 19, 2010 - 9:49AM

    Yes, we are all habitual butchers so “be aware of each other”. It is written somewhere “Thou Shall Not Kill In Vain”. Right from childhood kids see how the legs are tied of these animals, some are also pulled down by their horns and then the chosen animal is slaughtered right in front of cheering kids. Some times these animals are nurtured, shown love by all family members, specially kids, but does not know his fate ….. Sorry Mr/Mrs. Animal. From your cousin Social Animal.Recommend

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