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Shariat Council: Muslims must offer sacrifice 'as for as possible'; precaution needed

By Our Representative 

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s (JIH's) Shariah Council, in an appeal to Muslims, has asked them to celebrate Eid-al Adha and offer sacrifices “with necessary precautions”. Issuing guidelines ahead of the Eid this year, Shariah Council chairman Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari and secretary Dr Muhammad Raziul Islam Nadvi cautioned that Muslims should remember, "the coronavirus has not yet been eradicated.”
Referring to the commandments of Islamic Shariah by remaining within the confines of the law of the land and avoid slaughtering banned animals, the council said, “All precautionary measures must be exercised during sacrificing animals. Do not offer it on the roads, footpaths and pathways.”
It added, “Kindly ensure the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene. Ensure that you bury the blood and entrails of the animal in the earth after the sacrifice or deliver it at the designated spot of garbage collection.”
It insisted, “It would be appropriate to form a committee before a few days of the Eid-al-Adha that keeps an eye on the situation and also remains in touch with the local administration and offers its support and cooperation towards maintaining law and order in the area.”
According JIH's Shariat Council, charity (sadaqah-khairat) or some social service cannot be a substitute for this deed of sacrifice
The council noted, animal sacrifice is a 'sunnah' of the Prophet Ibrahim which the Prophet Muhammad followed and also enjoined upon the Muslim community, adding, “It is not merely a ritual or a custom. Hence, as far as possible, Muslims must try and offer sacrifice on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha.”
The council further said, “Charity (sadaqah-khairat) or some social service cannot be a substitute for this deed of sacrifice. The people upon whom the act of sacrifice is obligatory, if they are unable to do it despite their desire and efforts due to some reasons, then they should give charity to the poor of an amount equivalent to the cost of sacrifice after the ‘days of sacrifice’.”

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