The religious institution “Dar Al Ifta”, affiliated to Egypt’s Al-Azhar, had released a statement in the recent past clarifying that it is a sin to slaughter animals on the streets in the name of Islam.
Eid-Al-Adha, the Muslims’ second annual feast, will have millions of Muslims in Egypt and around the world participating in the traditional practice named “Qurbani” or the slaughtering of a sheep, goat or a cow. This “sacrifice” is done seeking God’s pleasure, and reward.
- The original Islamic law had placed a lot of regulations on this ritual to make sure the animals are killed in as humane a way as possible.
- But only a few abide by it while the larger population slaughters them brutally and humiliatingly in the streets.
This annual ritual is now drawing domestic and international flak.
- The Egyptian Ministry of Endowment in its recent statement clarified that such slaughtering is illegal and a violation of Islamic law.
- Simultaneously, Magdy Maalk, member of the agriculture committee of Parliament, urged the state to monitor the streets on the day of the feast.
Egyptian law has codes that bar its citizens from such slaughtering in the streets or even selling meat that doesn’t carry the state’s stamp. A violation could result in the animal being confiscated and/or probable imprisonment of the culprit.