THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The Vegan Muslim Initiative, a Muslim animal rights group with roots in Australia and Canada are calling for an end to the slaughtering of animals during Eid-el-Adha (also known as Eid-el-Kabir), report says.
The co-founder of the group Sammer Hakim laments that such slaughtering of animals in present day is irresponsible.
He told journalists that:
‘It’s not a necessary thing to do today because killing so many animals – we are talking tens of millions across the Muslim world – at a time when this very act is directly contributing to so many critical environmental issues is highly irresponsible’
Many Muslims believe that the slaughtering is obligatory.
But Hakim explains that, ‘The Quran does not mandate killing animals according to the vast majority of scholars. But even if it did, as Muslims we are given the leeway to adjust accordingly.’
‘For example, even in things that are considered compulsory, the Quran does not mention anything about what to do when traveling or if it is raining heavily or if one is ill or if one is in space. The rulings on these matters were established by scholars who use the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad and modern day realities,’ he added.
‘We need to examine this practice in light of the realities on the ground and today, we see mass producing and killing animals is the number one threat to our world today so it just makes very little sense to continue doing something that accelerates our own destruction on so many levels,’ he argued.
Hakim says that the group has received a mixed response since going public with their call for meat-free Eid.
‘My overall assessment is that some people are resistant to change when it comes to this subject. We’ve received quite a few angry messages. However, we have received strong support from some within the Muslim community,’ he explained.
A blog post published last week on the group’s website which spoke against the slaughtering of animals generated series of responses in which the author was widely criticised and the view of the group branded unislamic.
But Hakim says the group will not stop its campaign to urge Muslims to have a meat-free festival.
He says, ‘Our vision is to educate Muslims around the world until a major paradigm shift occurs. Needlessly killing animals isn’t the way forward. It causes more overall harm than good and as responsible global citizens, we should think of new and better ways to help fix this planet. We hope to bring back the true essence of taking care of this world we were trusted with and all that it contains.’