Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan which is the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
During this celebration, in certain countries in the world, primarily from the Middle East to the Far East, millions of animals are slaughtered. It is a ritual which, we are told, is an act of thanking God for one’s sustenance and the personal sacrifice of sharing one’s possessions and food with fellow humans. The streets run red with blood in Bangladesh…
This form of ritual slaughter also takes place in the USA within Muslim communities, we are told (is this correct?). I understand that it is illegal but I presume that it is accepted out of respect for the customs of the Muslim community.
The point I want to make though is that normally goats, sheep and cows are slaughtered. I believe that they slit the animal’s neck so the poor creature bleeds to death.
One contributor to the politicalforum.com website states that,
“if Muslim killers cannot find these, they have been known to trap and use neighbourhood cats. Three years ago, I saw my then Muslim neighbour using a wooden box, food bait, a stick, and a long piece of string to do this.”
It sounds disgusting and horrific. This particular contributor states that people should not let their cats roam free if there are devout Muslims living nearby.
I would love to hear from visitors about this. I would love to know if you have devout Muslim neighbours who participate in ritual slaughter at the end of Ramadan.
Of course, it almost goes without saying, that my attitude towards the ritual slaughter of innocent animals is one of disgust and horror. It is completely inappropriate in the 21st-century. It is a form of behaviour more suited to the 15th century and earlier. And I don’t really care if that upsets the sensibilities of some devout Muslims.
For what it is worth, this is one aspect of the Muslim faith which needs to be cleaned up. There are other things that can be done to clean up this faith, the most important of which is to provide footnotes to those parts of the text of the Koran which can be interpreted to encourage violence towards others. The Koran needs to be reinterpreted and people need to be encouraged to interpret it in a way appropriate to the 21st-century in order to try and put a brake on Islamic terrorism.