Nicole Yin started a petition on change.org to stop the slaughter of animals during Eidul Adha because she felt that it was cruel to animals. Rashidah Abdul Rahman wrote the following reply to her.
“Dear Ms Nicole Yin,
We thank you very much for your kind concern and compassion towards the animals. Indeed, Islam do teach us to be kind to ALL creatures be it man or animal. We are all made by the same Creator. Even to kill an ant for no rhyme or reason is prohibited.
You are indeed very brave to question a practice that has been deeply rooted in a religion that has 2 billion followers. In that 2 billion mass, we have doctors, lawyers, scientists, thinkers, communicators, writers. Many of the so called modern findings in Science was already discovered by this representation of 2 billion in numbers. We are not a barbaric crowd of human who are blood thirsty violent creatures, definitely NOT what the media made us out to be. The atrocities that you see happening around us, is not Islam. It’s driven by greed and power crazed individuals, using religion as a medium to oppose. May Allah have mercy on them.
Back to the topic on the Qurban ritual done once a year to honor our Prophet Ibrahim. May I know if you have the chance to PERSONALLY watch how the ritual is being done? Also what are the MANDATORY methods in which our animals are slaughtered daily?
There is a long list of criteria but these are some pertinent ones. I hope you will find some time to do FULL RESEARCH before starting such a petition, which can create an ugly uproar in a country which pride itself on racial acceptance and tolerance.
Most important rules during animal slaughtering in the Islamic rites are: Animal must be fit and not handicapped. Animal must NOT be pregnant. Animal must be properly fed and maintained with tenderness. The slaughter can ONLY be performed by a SANE ADULT MUSLIM who is strong and fit. NOT anyone can come and kill another being unless he is a serial killer!
The knife used for slaughtering must be very clean and resharpened after each slaughtering. The slaughter must on the point of pressure, reach the jugular and two major veins ensuring SWIFT and QUICK death of animal. The head must NOT be separated from the body and at no time, should the strike reach the back bone or spine.
The animals will be comforted and given water before the process. The animals are separated from each other out of respect that it also feels and understands the surrounding. The invocation of Allah’s name IS A MUST and an intention must be consciously made that the death of this animal is purely for consumption. None of the body parts is to be wasted. All of it will be handed out to the poorest of the poor who is in some region starving and in hunger. Meat is a luxury that they cannot afford.
The ritual that you are questioning is as instructed in our Holy Quran, in which very strict guidance is listed. If we are not doing it right, then it is not the religion that is questionable but the people who is not doing in accordance to the teachings.
I would like to reiterate that you attend for yourself and witness what goes on. As a child, I attended this event and was feeling scared in the beginning. My father took his time to explain the whole process. We were allowed to stroke and pat our animal before offering it as a gift to the poor. We take honor to be present as if to tell the animal that we are there with them and that we will meet again in afterlife in the sirratul mustaqim. This animal that is offered today will be raised to witness what we have done for our fellow needy brothers n sisters in faith.
Nicole, this is a religion of Mercy and Compassion. We don’t need activists to question our rituals. The very fact that we do NOT condone the use of machinations to cull the animal already shows the respect and honor we have for it. We place a very sincere INTENTION upon touching the animal to comfort it and take its life away with full respect. It’s madness otherwise to be handling struggling animals, but we adhere because this is the basic fundamentals of Islam when it comes to consumption of livestock.
Please do your own research in the benefits of Islamic slaughtering and compare it to the conventional method. Compare also why Muslims abstain from pork. It has got to do with veins and neck. Islam knows 1400 years ago what modern world is discovering only in the 21st centuries. Perhaps it is the culling of pigs and its consumption you should be petitioning for, since you have that much time.
I am not opposed to your voicing out your concerns. You are a brave young girl and learned, but I and the rest of my fellow Muslims request that you do ADEQUATE research into all areas and reasoning as to why we do what we do.
Thank you. Happy Eid Mubarak to my fellow Muslims around the globe… indeed, this is our Jihad. To explain to a non believer what they know not. As the Prophet s.a.w. had mentioned, Holding on to Islam in the Final Days will be like holding on to burning coals. We are heavily tested. Allahu Akbar Wa lilah Ilham.”
And petition was closed.