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School becomes Abbatoir for Ritual Slaughter

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school is a place of learning, abbatoir is a pace for butchering.
there are innocent children’s mindsets involved. and a lot of blood, a school is not where butchering of animals should be done, not every religious person are for slaughter of animals, killing is just wrong..
we are talking about school children’s perception here, and it is a “Ritual”.put aside the religious significance a moment and consider the blood letting and the savagery of slaughter, witnessed by the innocent minds, many children are horrified by even experiments dismembering frogs, children see animals as living things like their pets to be loved..

and to get them to witness this mass slaughter,it can be extremely horrifying and distressing because however you look at it,it is still about killing and violence..
Will be extremely traumatic and have long term implications on their psyche.perhaps causing nightmares. even adults cannot stomach violent scenes like these on TV and this is real life.!
where are the parents who ought to be protecting their kids from seeing things like these ? good grief, will sanity prevail..?

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A ritual is a well-defined sequence of words and actions designed to focus attention, establish significance, and achieve a beneficial result

Misconceptions abound in the  mind of many non-Muslims, who fail to perceive the significance and wisdom behind the  act of the ritualistic animal sacrifice in Islam before Aidil Adha.

Won’t it be better addressing those misconceptions  in order to erase distortions about Islam instead of arrogant remarks.

Mass slaughter of animals in schools. where/what is the wisdom in that?

So this has to be more than a black-and-white issue where animal sacrifice is right or wrong .

Or maybe professed vegetarians are somehow more spiritual or closer to God.

But at the same time, the issue cannot be seen as a blanket acceptance of a religious tradition for the sake of ritual.

The significance of the day of sacrifice goes much deeper in spirituality and is more symbolic in meaning than the outwardly widespread distribution and hearty feasting of the meats by Muslims on the three days after the completion of the annual Hajj every year.

We wonder which is more puzzling, the reaction of outrage and indignation by them when it was pointed out to them of the seemingly inappropriate location to carry out the mass ritual sacrifice or the decision to carry out the ritual in schools?

If anything , it is a clear indication of the stubborn mindsets and deaf ears of the establishment that just will not listen nor see things any other way but their own, And prepare for their wrath if you happen to see or think  otherwise and have a point of view. That is unacceptable to them and threatening to the status quo.

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“GOODNESS  Gracious .. face palm ( Double palms and bury our faces in them) or throw  hands up in despair looking up and  seeking relief for this confounding state of affairs and having to put up with people like them?”

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The Sacrifice of “Eid al-Adha” 

(It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His guidance to you: And proclaim the Good News to all who do right.) (Al-Hajj 22: 37)

“No one should suppose that meat or blood is acceptable to the One True God. It was a pagan fancy that Allah could be appeased by blood sacrifice. But Allah does accept the offering of our hearts, and as a symbol of such offer, some visible institution is necessary. He has given us power over the brute creation, and permitted us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life, for without this solemn invocation, we are apt to forget the sacredness of life. By this invocation we are reminded that wanton cruelty is not in our thoughts, but only the need for food …” (Yusuf Ali commentary)

Sacrifice is not a pillar of Islam. Nor is it obligatory during Hajj, its accompanying ‘Id or the ‘Id al-Fitr. This is not to say that it did not or does not happen. However, we must look at the occurrences in a contextual manner, understanding not only the pre-Islamic institution of sacrifice, the Qur’anic reforms concerning this practice, and the continuance of sacrifice in the Muslim world, but also the context in which the Qur’anic revelations occurred. For it seems that with many people, both nonMuslims and Muslims alike, context is the key that they are missing.

One only has to look at how the Qur’an treats one of the most famous stories in the Judeo-Christian world: the sacrifice of Isaac (here, in the Islamic world seen as the sacrifice of Isma’il) to see a marked difference regarding sacrifice and whether or not Allah is appeased by blood. The Qur’anic account of the sacrifice of Isma’il ultimately speaks against blood atonement.

Notice that the Qur’an never says that God told Abraham to kill (sacrifice) his son. Islam’s attitude toward ritual slaughter is not that of blood atonement, or seeking favor with God through another’s death, but rather, the act of thanking God for one’s sustenance and the personal sacrifice of sharing one’s possessions and valuable food with one’s fellow humans.

The ritual itself is NOT the sacrifice. It is merely a method of killing where the individuals kill as quickly as possible and acknowledge that only Allah has the right to take a life and that they do so as a humble member of Allah’s creation in need of sustenance just like every other species in Allah’s creation.

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above are passages extracted from the interesting full article:

 The Sacrifice of “Eid al-Adha” 

AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE AGAINST ANIMAL SACRIFICE  by Shahid ‘Ali Muttaqi

 

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Are we Malaysians left behind in our religious practice when it comes to the ritual slaughtering of animals?

Some Muslim countries such as the UAE have already worked on plans not to allow animals being slaughtered in public or at any undesignated place, including outside the mosque, other than the many authorised abattoirs they have built.

In India, Muslims would not slaughter sacrificial animals in public where there are children, women or people of other faiths..

 

Take a cue from these Muslim countries

When would Malaysia take a cue from these Muslim countries and other Muslims living in developed countries who also perform the korban just like the Muslims in this country?

In developed countries where Muslims are the minority the korban is not banned but they have to do it in proper abattoirs and Muslims there, in general, do not object to this ruling..

When is the government of the day in this country going to edify the public on this matter?

Muslims should be open to the call by some concerned citizens who do not condone the slaughter of animals in school compounds or public places for the simple reason that it is not appropriate nor hygienic for such rituals to be carried out in those places.

These citizens are not against any ritual rites of the Muslims but they only mean to say that it would not be proper for the ritual to be done in the open where children and those “not ready” could see.

 

Petrified by the unpleasant scene

Prone to so many diseases

Protect public health and the environment

Adverse effects on health and the environment

Moderate Muslims

Muslims should not be made to think that the call by some concerned groups that “it is not a wise idea that animals be slaughtered in public places, especially in school compounds” – is against the korban rite of the Muslims.

It is thus disingenuous for some Muslim groups to point finger at these concerned citizens calling them as “anti-Islam”.

Malaysia should take the cue from some Muslim counties to edify the general public that slaughtering of animals is best done “behind closed doors” or in some other restricted places.

There are many moderate Muslims out there – in this country and throughout the world – who do not share the views of the minority groups that make use of sensitive issues like the slaughtering animals in the open to glorify their position in the name of religion.

Most Malaysian Muslims, for that matter, are more mature than the members of the minority groups among them who cannot accept criticism from non-Muslims.

* Dr Moaz Nair

Must read : article on-ritual-slaughtering-of-animals-in-public – moaz-nair

 

 

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