Eid ul Azha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail (AS), as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened, through his angel Hazrat Jibrail (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS) was replaced by a sheep and informed him that his sacrifice has already been accepted. Muslims around the world observe this by sacrificing different animals which includes cows, goats, sheep and camels. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy. But only those people are allowed to sacrifice who can capable of bearing all the expenses. 

In Pakistan, people celebrate Eid Ul Azha with great emotion. People around here purchase animals from different cattle farms. But Karachi Cattle Farm is not only the biggest cattle farm of Pakistan and also the biggest cattle farm of Asia. Thousands of animals are gathered there and most of the population of Karachi and Pakistan visit this cattle farm.  

But for some previous years, the trend of exhibiting big and giant animals is increasing with great pace and many new cattle farms have been established around Karachi Cattle Farm. This starts a trend of purchasing big, giant and heavy animals. It has now become a competition among neighbours, friends and relative they usually discuss about who actually purchased bigger animal which causes feeling of deprivation among those who cannot afford to buy a small animal. Most of the people start to show off as they purchased a very heavy animal. People gathered to their houses and take pictures along with the animals and ask the price of the animal and the owners tell them proudly. Which actually looks like those people purchased the animals only to show off instead of sacrifice. 

After sacrificing their animals most of the people stored all the meat and they do not give away to poor and needy families. If people do not give two-third part of the meat then their sacrifice wouldn’t be a sacrifice it’s simply a show off so people think about this and should be careful and should give away the meat as much as they are ordered. 

SYED MUHAMMAD AHSAN ALI,  

Karachi, August 26.