Muslims from Hérault and Gard have decided to use the money allotted for purchasing sheep for slaughter during Eid Al-Adha for a school project or for a charitable association. The “boycott” is to raise awareness among local authorities around problems faced during the holiday.
On September 8 Muslim residents received an anonymous text message calling for a boycott. Several days later, local Muslim leaders gathered and decided to “not sacrifice any sheep this year.”
Abdallah Zekri, member of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, confirmed their decision. “There are not enough slaughterhouses to properly proceed with the rite. This poses a problem. And then, as I’ve already said, it’s the Muslims that are sheared, not the sheep. The prices go from 120 Euros to 280 Euros!” For Zekri, the boycott could raise awareness and help the situation in the future.
“In Paca, there are mobile slaughterhouses, that works better,” he said. “If Muslims mobilize, that will give sellers and farmers something to think about!”
The same text message said that fines for underground slaughterhouses were increased. In reality this is false. Since 2010 there has been a fine of 15,000 Euros and up to 6 months in prison.
Currently the boycott is limited to communities in Hérault and Gare.
Muslim community leaders in Montgomery County this week asked that the Islamic holy day of Eid al-Adha be given equal billing as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur on Montgomery’s 2015-2016 school calendar.
They described the issue as symbolic but important.
In 2015, both holidays will fall on Wednesday, Sept. 23, but a calendar draft does not give them the same weight. Yom Kippur — for which county schools will be closed — is listed beside the date. The Muslim holiday is included in a parenthetical notation: Eid al-Adha also falls on this date.
Muslim leader Saqib Ali asked at a school board meeting this week that the calendar be changed to say: Yom Kippur/Eid al-Adha.
“We need to see equal treatment,” Ali told the board. “Here is a case where, on a piece of paper — this is strictly a symbolic issue — but on this day when schools are closed, even on this day, the Jewish holidays are given sort of precedence or elevated.”
The calendar question comes after Muslim leaders have repeatedly asked that at least one of the two major Muslim holidays be recognized with a day off school in Montgomery.
This week’s calendar request, signed by six other leaders of the Eid coalition, “is a very, very minimal request,” Ali said. He said the convergence of the two holidays is a “happy coincidence” for Muslim families, but more is needed.
“If MCPS can’t list the holidays equally, if they won’t even grant that, then I think people are going to start asking questions about MCPS’s general attitude toward the Muslim community,” he said.
Board Member Christopher Barclay asked district staff to look into the request. He also said he believes a standard is needed for school closings.
October 16, 2013
In an article on Zaman France, the question of the meaning of Eid al-Adha is being discussed. Bahri, the author of the article writes, “While Eid al- Adha is approaching , what values and what lessons can be learned from this celebration? Far from being limited to a religious festival , Eid is an opportunity to remember the very universal notions of selflessness and dedication”. According to Bahra, Eid provides a lesson during times of war and unrest that we should never stop being reminding of.
Zaman France: http://www.zamanfrance.fr/article/devouement-sacrifice-vraies-lecons-laid-aladha-5579.html?utm_source=newsletter-karisik-liste&utm_campaign=0acccea9ee-Zamanfrance+17_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2d6e3a9a0e-0acccea9ee-315948881
October 15, 2013
Between one and a half million to two million Muslims in Spain celebrated Tuesday the Eid Al – Adha or Feast of Sacrifice.
According to Manuel Escudero , the vice-president of the Islamic Council in Spain, ” the economic crisis will affect this celebration . There are families that are are experiencing great difficulties “, he said .
Another issue of major concern to the Spanish Muslims in this data is to have the flexibility from their employers to miss a work day in order to participate in the celebration of Eid Al-Adha.
An initiative organizing the donation of meat from the Eid al-Adha festival is gaining populatity in the Netherlands. The Joint Muslim Aid Organization (SMHO) collects meat during the festival and distributes it to the needy in the Netherlands.
During the festival of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Isaac to God, Muslims sacrifice sheep. Donating the meat to the poor is a longstanding custom, but Veyiz Gungor of the SMHO tells Radio Netherlands Worldwide that it has taken Dutch Muslims “a long time to wake up to the fact that there are poor people in the Netherlands”.
Started four years ago, the initiative is Turkish, but increasing numbers of non-Turkish Muslims are participating. “It is easy to communicate… through the Turkish mosques. But in the past years, more and more Surinamese, Moroccan and Indonesian Muslims call us to ask where they can bring their meat”, says Gungor.
Cordaid, a Catholic organization, helped collect almost 3,400kg of meat which will be processed into sausages for distribution to food banks and restaurants for the homeless nationwide.
An estimated 12,000 Muslims are expected at Exhibition Place to celebrate Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. “These celebrations are intended to be enjoyed as a community, families coming together,” said Ahmad Attia, event coordinator for the Eid Festival.
In September a similar event to commemorate the end of Ramadan attracted more than 14,000 people, he said.
Attia said a main goal was to make Friday’s event accessible, so admission is free. The day will begin with prayers and speeches and will finish with a carnival and bazaar.