Lucknow, July 19
The animal markets, that are normally bustling with exercise forward of Bakrid, are desolate this yr.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shorn all festivals of public celebrations, and persons are apprehensive that the custom of animal sacrifice could also be affected on account of social distancing norms.
Also there’s a huge drop in demand for sacrificial animals because of the monetary affect of the disaster.
Chairman of All India Jamiat-ul-Quresh Sirajuddin Qureshi urged the federal government to come back out with tips for finishing up the celebrations within the conventional manner.
The pageant will fall on July 31 or August 1. Buyers and sellers begin thronging the animal markets virtually two weeks forward of the pageant. But this yr solely a negligible variety of patrons have turned up in animal markets in outdated Lucknow areas together with Nakkhas, based on merchants.
“It is very difficult to say as to what the government is thinking. ‘Qurbani’ is a matter of faith for the Muslims. We appeal to the government to deliberate and find a solution. This is a national problem, and our office bearers are speaking to different state governments,” Qureshi mentioned.
In the absence of tips, not many madrassas are shopping for animals for sacrifice, he mentioned.
“The madrasas where collective ‘qurbani’ is done, are also not coming forward. In Bakrid, along with goats, buffaloes are also sacrificed. The government should ensure that people who are transporting the animals are not harassed by the police,” Qureshi mentioned.
Prominent Muslim cleric Khalid Rasheed Farang Mahali mentioned he had raised the difficulty with the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
“I have recently met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath requesting him to issue guidelines for Bakrid. I am hopeful that the guidelines will be soon released,” he mentioned.
Rahat Ali, a goat dealer from Rajasthan mentioned, hundreds of individuals will likely be affected because of the diminished demand for animals.
“The animal commerce works in a series involving farmers who rear animals, small merchants and massive merchants.
“The traders buy the animals from the farmers. These are then sent to various states like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. In the absence of demand, I did not purchase animals this year,” he mentioned.
Sajid, who provides goats to numerous districts in western Uttar Pradesh, mentioned the lockdown has affected the livelihood of individuals and never many have the cash to purchase animals for sacrifice.
“The lockdown has drained the people of their money. As a result, the animals are not getting sold,” he mentioned.
The Maharashtra Government has come out with tips for Eid al-Adha, often known as Bakrid or Id-ul-Zuha, noting that there’s a ban in place on all non secular programmes and folks ought to provide “namaz” of their properties and never in mosques.
It additionally mentioned sacrificial animals must be purchased on-line or over the telephone as markets coping with them will likely be closed, including that “qurbani” ought to ideally be symbolic.
There will likely be no rest in restrictions for Eid in containment zones, and persons are directed to not congregate in public locations on the day of the pageant, it added. PTI