Udhiyah Serves Flood-Hit Pakistanis

    Monday, 15 November 2010
    By Aamir Latif, OnIslam Correspondent

    KARACHI – In Pakistan, `Eid Al-Adha this year is bringing a spirit of solidarity, as Islamic charities join hands with Pakistanis home and abroad to  dedicate animals sacrificed for the major Islamic feast to millions of those hit by the Asian Muslim country’s worst floods in 80 years.

    “Our plan is that no flood-affected [Pakistani] inshaullah will be deprived of sacrificial meat on Eid-ul-Adha,” Mohammad Yahya, spokesman for Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, told OnIslam.net.

    Yahia’s Foundation, which earned praise for its aiding and rescuing activities in the areas hit by August’s massive floods that swept the country from north to south, is seeking to put a smile on the faces of nearly 8 million Pakistanis who will spend `eid in shelter camps three months after the floods.

    The foundation, the relief wing of Jammat-ul-Dawa’h, plans to dedicate the meat of 10,000 Udhiyah animals for displaced Pakistanis.

    They are not alone.

    Many humanitarian and Islamic charities across Pakistan are planning to sacrifice animals for the major occasion in the areas hit by the floods which engulfed a fifth of the land and affected 20 million of Pakistan's 180 million people.

    Besides Falah-e-Insaniat, Al-Khidmat Foundation, the relief wing of Jammat-e-Islami, the country’s largest Islamic party, the Ummah welfare trust, and the Edhi Foundation charity all have also organized mass sacrifices in flood-hacked areas.

    “They (displaced) have lost everything,” Bashir Ahmed Farooqi, chairman of Sailani welfare trust, which runs many free-food centers for the poor in Karachi, and is also planning to slaughter 5000 animals in different flood-hit areas, told OnIslam.net.

    “They do not have even a proper shelter to live, how could they be able to perform the Sunnah of Ibrahim (peace be upon him) this year.”

    While the majority of Muslims worldwide are going to begin the four-day`Eid Al-Adha, one the two main Muslim festivals, on Tuesday, November 16, Pakistanis will start celebrating their `Eid on Wednesday.

    A financially-able Muslim sacrifices a single sheep or goat or shares six others in sacrificing a camel or a cow as an act of worship during the feast.

    The well-off and those who have the Nisab (payable amount) of Zakah should offer a sacrifice. The time for offering a sacrifice begins after the `Eid Al-Adha prayer.

    It is preferable to divide the meat of the sacrificed animal between one’s family, his relatives and the poor to manifest social integration.

    The ritual reminds Muslims of the great act of sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel were willing to make for the sake of God.


    The charities found a great help from ordinary Pakistanis who were eager to share the joy of `Eid with their fellows in the shelter camps.

    “The public response is overwhelming,” Yahya affirmed.

    Despite of the soaring prices of animals, mainly due to the loss of millions of them to the massive floods, many Pakistanis rushed to buy Udhiyah to share it with displaced families.

    Showing solidarity, various leaders of mainstream political and religious parties have also announced plans to celebrate the four-day `Eid-ul-Adha in flood-stricken areas.

    Charities say that the response was also tremendous from Pakistani expatriates, particularly those living in US, Europe and the Middle East, who have donated almost 50 percent of their sacrifices to the flood-stricken localities.

    “We have received thousands of bookings for sacrifice (of animals) in flood-affected areas on this Eid (ul-Adha), which is beyond our expectations,” Bashir Ahmed Farooqi, the Sailani chairman, says.

    Abdul Waheed is one of those who wanted to send a message to displaced Pakistanis that they are not forgotten.

    He, among thousands of Karachi residents, has joined hands with Islamic charities in their plans of mass sacrifice.

    “It is their right to enjoy the `Eid celebrations with us because they are facing testing times,” Abdul Waheed, who works as a general manager in a multinational company, told OnIslam.net.

    Abdul Waheed and seven other members of his family have given money to Al-Khidmat Foundation to perform sacrifice on their behalf in the flood-hit areas, and distribute meat among those who can not perform udhiyah this year.

    “I know many people who were able to sacrifice more than one animal on last Eid-ul-Adha, but this year, they are penniless and would be depending on us,” he said.

    “We must keep this in mind that this may come to us sometime,” he noted, referring to massive losses caused by ravaging floods.

    “They have sacrificed everything. Now, it’s our turn to sacrifice for them.”

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