Guwahati: Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal, who is also the president of the Assam State Jamiat Ulama (ASJU), on Friday appealed to the Muslim community not to perform Qurbani (sacrifice) of cows during the ensuing Eid-ul-Adha on July 10.
In a statement, Ajmal said that performing Qurbani is an essential duty for Muslims who can afford the ritual and tradition permits sacrificing of animals like camels, goats, buffaloes, sheep and cows. However, India is a country of people of diverse communities, ethnic groups and religions. Most inhabitants of India profess the Sanatan faith, which treats the cow as a holy object.
"The majority of people in this country view the cow like a mother. As such, as far back as 2008 the country's largest Islamic academic institute Darul Uloom Deoband had issued an appeal to avoid sacrificing cows on Eid-ul-Adha as far as possible. The Darul Ulooma had said that there is no mention in scripture that the sacrifice of cows is mandatory. Since the emotions of the majority of people are associated with the cow, therefore, Darul Uloom had suggested the use of other animals for the ritual sacrifice," Ajmal mentioned in the statement.
He appealed to the Muslim community to use other animals for the sacrifice, which will ensure the performance of their pious duty as well as avoid hurting the sentiments of others.