January 10, 2006

What's all the fuss about?

Well if you happen to live next door to a muslim, you will surely notice that things are not business as usual at the Khan's or by all means converted Johnson's. Today is what is called Eid ul-Adha. An often three to four days long feast. Now if you're lucky and the country you live in does not forbid the ritual slaughtering of animals you might even recieve a piece of grilled meat and some sweets from your next door muslim neighbour.

Samosas? Anyone?

The reason muslims slaughter a goat or sheep for Eid ul-Adha is basically to remember the day when God asked the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son. However God was testing his Prophet's obedience and even though Abraham agreed to do it, God had recieved the proof He needed and later on told him to instead sacrifice a sheep.

Gardens of Eden? Ok maybe not...

Now since Sweden doesn't allow ritual slaughtering or Halal slaughtering for that matter, I won't be giving you any meat this year (a reason to start lobbying the law makers?). Don't be alarmed if you happen to hear strange noises coming from your Pakistani neighbour, he's probably just slaughtering some sheep and chicken in his garden.

To all muslims around the world, Eid Mubarak! Happy Eid!

15 comments:

jim said...

Have a blessed eid my moslem friend.

Anonymous said...

Kheir mubarek! Yahaan pakistan mein eid kal hai.

BuJ said...

Eid Mubarak Shaira and your readership :)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Thanks everyone! :)

Anon: jee pata hai ke eid kal hai. Hamesha istara hota hai, aik din vahaan par aur doosra din yahaan par... aisa haal to hota hai ummat mein.

Zee said...

How do you get halal meat if they don't allow you to slaughter?
Eid Mubarik!

Diligent Candy said...

I like the samosas...yummy!

Abu Sinan said...

Eid Mubarak.

humblemuslimah said...

Eid mubarak nice blog

DaveNC said...

Eid Mubarak Shaykhspeara.

Thank you for the nice comments. I think you will attain much insight from Sleepless In Sudan. I've been away on vacation for a few days but will get busy writing again tomorrow.

The Arabic?

Hmmm... so amateurish as to not even attempt in your very literate forum. A friend from Palestine has promised tutoring as soon as our schedules align. I'll keep you posted and enjoy the guessing game I play by reading the missives from my fellow posters on your site.

Enjoy!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Well welcome back from your vacations dave. Everyone needs a break and some perspective now & then :)

I'm sure you will do fine with your arabic, somewhere there's a thirst for learning, ain't that right? See you around :)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Eid mubarak everyone, thank you humblemuslimah and new readers welcome :)

Zee: We get halal meat here mostly through importing it from our neighbour Denmark, where halal slaughtering is permitted. Otherwise Germany is a place we import from and also alot of turkish products.

Umar said...

Eid Mubarak :)

Question: How do you go about the slaughtering part of Eid then?

Since you can't do it in Sweden, I'd recommend sending the money to someone you know living in say... Pakistan or India, where there is so much poverty that the cow or goat would really go towards helping a family out. That's what our family does. My dad tells me that there are places in those countries, where there is so much poverty that the only meat people can afford to eat comes from the sacrifices on Eid.

MD said...

to suddenly have freaky noises coming from someone's garden is a little...umm...FREAKY? they should allow halal slaughtering in Sweden!!

on a different note...eid mubarak to u too. hope u had a good one :)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Thanx Umar & MD & welcome :)

MD: I agree they should allow halal slaughtering, We are working on the politicians but alas they think it's barbaric. As if...

Umar: Yes we usually send money to pakistan and my father's side takes care of the slaughtering and distributing. I lived in pakistan for nearly two years so I know about the poverty that exists there. It's something no one can ever imagine unless you see it.

We lived near a village within Peshawar called Takaal where afghan refugees have been settled for more than 20 years and they didn't even have shoes. Imagine small children walking barefoot on broken glass, garbage, 50 degrees celsius sun burning the ground. Well there's even worse cases than that. May Allah help us help them.

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