This article is not about being hateful. I don’t have an issue with religion as long as people don’t use their religion as an excuse to treat others unjustly. These are my views about Eid-al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice and animal sacrifices in general from a logical and rational standpoint.
The festival of sacrifice commemorates the time when Prophet Abrahim was told by God to kill his only son and he was prepared to do so until God revealed to him that his sacrifice has already made because he showed his obedience, loyalty and love to God so now Muslims all around the world remember Prophet Abraham’s trials by killing an animal. A lot of Muslims also are supposed to give most of the meat away to the poor community and relatives and only keep a small portion to themselves.
I understand that Eid-Al-Adha is supposed to be about giving and sharing but why does an innocent animal have to suffer for that, why can’t we give our community, our relatives and the poor foods that don’t require an animal to be killed. Why can’t we give them rice, beans, lentils, fruit and veggies. Why do we have to resort to violence to try to do something good? There are so many other ways of giving and sharing that don’t involve taking away an innocent animal’s life.
God is viewed as merciful, loving and benevolent. How can a God who is supposed to be kind and compassionate, be satisfied with the needless killing of an innocent being? What kind of God would create sentient beings that have the will to live and love, the ability to feel pain and sorrow, happiness and sadness, fear and loss only to have them killed? Their bodies are held to the ground, their legs are tied together and their throats are slit. A part of celebration? A part of a festival? How can one celebrate remembrance with an act of violence? If Islam is the religion of peace and if we want this statement to hold true, we have to realize the truth that there is absolutely nothing peaceful about animal sacrifices. This is not what peace looks like. This is not what an act of kindness or compassion looks like. This is an act of cruelty.
The golden rule in Islam is to treat others the way you wish to be treated. I think it’s about time to realize there is no doubt that non-human animals also fall under that category of others. You can show your love and wealth to God without oppressing other beings. It doesn’t make sense to be violent to show love. Violence and love, those two things, don’t mix. Slaughter sacrifice call it whatever you want but at the end of the day it’s still killing. It’s still taking away an innocent being’s life. It’s still cold-blooded murder.
The brutal ritual at “Adha” is not necessary these days, especially in a religion that preaches compassion and love. Peace does not exist where there is violence inflicted on an innocent being. We can offer anything we deem valuable to those less fortunate without compromising the life of an innocent animal and inflict pain and suffering where it is not needed. We’re not living 1400 years ago, and the world is continuously changing. We can create a world today where there is less violence; it is a better world than yesterday’s. Please do the right thing, don’t kill animals this Eid. Choose to be kind. Choose compassion over killing.
أضحيتي لهذا العيد..
Posted by النباتيون السوريون on Sunday, 19 August 2018