Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Friday reacted strongly to an official letter asking concerned authorities to stop “illegal killings” and sacrifice of cows and calves, camels, and other animals in the region on Eid al Adha.
“All the constituent members of the MMU — which is headed by Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq — in a joint statement expressed strong resentment against the Government’s ban on the sacrifice of bovine animals on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha,” a statement issued by the amalgam of several religious organizations in Jammu and Kashmir said.
The MMU said it is surprising that the sacrifice of bovine animals on the religious occasion of Eid was being termed “illegal” and disallowed under the garb of prevention of cruelty to animals.
“The sacrifice of permitted animals – including bovines – on Eid-ul-Adha in the way of Almighty Allah, is precisely the reason for its celebration. Hence, it is an important tenet of religion on this day and a duty upon persons on whom it is obligatory,” it said.
The statement said a Muslim has to refrain from any kind of negligence in performing this act of worship.
“So why are Muslims being restricted by the government in performing their religious obligation?” the MMU asked.
The organization said the government should “desist” from issuing such “arbitrary” orders that are “unacceptable” to Muslims of the state as they “directly infringe upon their religious freedom and their personal law, causing them great anguish”.
The MMU urged the government to immediately revoke the “arbitrary and discriminatory order” and let the people of Kashmir celebrate Eid in keeping with its religious obligations and festival spirit.
MMU will convene an urgent meeting of its key constituents and leading Muftis on Sunday at the residence of J-K’s grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam and inform the people accordingly.
Meanwhile, the administration claimed the letter seeking implementation of “animal welfare laws” had been misconstrued as an order against the slaughter of animals at the festival.