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Kerala Muslims now sponsoring sacrificial meat for needful in north India

The have made arrangements to distribute sacrificial meat to 50,000 families in 15 states.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 6, 2014 5:26 pm
eid-main Muslims offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Muslims in Kerala are now sponsoring hundreds of sacrificial animals to their poor brethren in North and North-Eastern states on the day of Eid.

Various relief and service organisations of different Kerala Muslim sects collect the fund from community members in Kerala and the amount is handed over to co-coordinators in respective states to buy sacrificial animals.

Kerala-based Relief and Charitable Foundation of India, promoted by prominent Sunni leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliyar, has made arrangements to distribute sacrificial meat to 50,000 families in 15 states.

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Its all-India coordinator Muhammed Shafi said there are Muslim families in many North Indian villages which would not get sacrificial meat. “In Kerala, even a mahallu with 500 families would be sacrificing 20 to 30 animals on the day of Eid.”

“Kerala Muslim families under such mahallu committees would get huge quantity of meat. Lavishness is tangible with a family of five members, sometimes, getting meat of 5 kg or 10 kg on the day. Hence, we thought to help those people who are not lucky to get sacrificial meat. This time, we have focused on flood-hit Kashmir region,’’ says Shafi.

Shafi said a section of affluent Muslims in Kerala are offering sacrificial animal in Kerala and also outside the state. “Some are sponsoring the sacrificial animal only to our scheme. We want to take two kg of sacrificial meat to a five-member family in the North Indian villages, where the animals sponsored from Kerala would be sacrificed.”

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The practice of Kerala Muslims offering sacrificial animals to North Indian states had existed in the past in stray incidents of interventions, but it got an organised nature only in last two years.

“The animal to be scarified would be decided by local leaders in respective states, depending upon the ban on particular animals. In some states, only goat is allowed as sacrificial animal, whereas in other states we are allowed to kill male buffalo,” said Shafi.

Jamaat-e-Islami in Kerala has a Qurbani (sacrifice of livestock) scheme to take sacrificial meat to impoverished Muslim villages in North Indian states. Its coordinator Abdul Latheef Kaloor said their activity targeted 2 lakh families. Last year, 1.75 lakh families had benefited from this offer.

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He said instead of offering the animal in Kerala, many are now willing to perform the act in other states. This would ensure that every member of the community gets a share of the sacrificial meat, he said.

Other Muslim segments in Kerala are also engaged in sponsoring sacrificial animal in North India in various extents.

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    AMT
    Oct 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm
    Isn't this animal sacrifice supersion!Where is PETA? Where is andh-shraddha-nirmulan-kendra?
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    1. Purna Varma
      Oct 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm
      15 million tons of meat. Cattles, goats, buffaloes and Camel slaughtered for their satanic event.
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      1. Mohan Kochicheril
        Oct 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm
        The Kerala Muslims are much more educated and richer than their brothers in any other states in India. They earn their money by working in the Middle-east. It is a charitable gesture towards the poor of the same community. The Hindus need to learn from them and start taking care of the weaker section of the society rather than spending money to show-off their wealth.
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        1. Rocky Rocky
          Oct 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm
          Why sacrifice voiceless animals? Why not sacrifice members of your own family? Perhaps Allah would be happier with the latter!
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