Slaughter Ban Mars Eid Al-Adha In Sweden - Islam Online
- Slaughter Ban Mars Eid Al-Adha In Sweden
By Yahiya Abu Zakariya, IOL Correspondent
STOCKHOLM, January 30 (IslamOnline.net) Some 500,000
Swedish Muslims will celebrate Eid Al-Adha, to be
marked on Sunday, February 1, with prayers and new
clothes, but animal sacrifice will not be an easy job.
The Swedish law bans the slaughter of the animals in
general, an act of worship where Muslims revive the
tradition of Prophet Ibrahim.
The practice reminds Muslims of the great act of
sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel were
willing to make for the sake of Allah.
The ban leaves some Muslims with no other option but
to travel for villages where they buy and sacrifice
Most European countries allow the slaughtering of
animals, which helps Muslims carry out the rituals of
Eid with no nuts to crack.
The French government announced Thursday, January 29,
it would make available makeshift slaughterhouses for
Muslims to sacrifice more than 110,000 animals.
The measures was meant to avoid epidemic outbreaks and
chaos caused by the random butchering outside the
Swedish Muslims do not only have to worry about
sacrificing animals, but also about distributing the
A Muslim who makes a sacrifice should give at least
third of the meat to the needy and poor, who almost do
not exist in this rich high-standard country.
The Swedish government pays a monthly allowance to
unemployed citizens until they get a job.
With these difficulties in mind, some of the Swedish
Muslims who hail from other countries send money to
relatives in their homeland to make the sacrifice on
Others send aid to the poor and needy in occupied
Palestine and other parts of the Arab and Islamic
Braving cold weather sliding below zero, Muslim
mothers went shopping for new clothes, a tradition
characterizing the festive atmosphere of the Eid.
Children wear the new clothes and join their parents
in performing the Eid prayers.
At this time of the year, the central mosque in
Stockholm and mosques across the country are usually
teeming with worshippers.
Spirituality run high at these gatherings, as Muslims
repeat supplications in clear unified voices and
Muslims of origins as far apart as Egypt, Tunisia,
Somalia, Palestinian territories and Pakistan, all
mingle together in a unique manifestation of unity and
No wonder new converts doubled in recent years in
Sweden and other European countries asserted Mahmoud
Khalifa, a member of the Islamic association
supervising the mosque.
Khalifa, of a Tunisian origin, recalled that a Swede
accepted Islam just after reading a book on the
religion while a French came to the mosque to embrace
A growing number of youth in the country are showing
interest in knowing more about Islam, he said.
Despite the slaughter ban, Muslims enjoy a distinctive
humanitarian treatment in the country and are
automatically entitled to the Swedish citizenship
after five years stay.
The Swedish television usually broadcast parts of Eid
prayers from the central mosque with information on
the value of feast for Muslims.
It also airs scenes from the annual hajj, where more
than two million faithful flock to Makkah, Saudi
Arabia, for the spiritual journey.
More than 2000 Swedish Muslims packed their bags
heading for Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj journey
last week, with no problems rising for the year.
The television had covered the travel of more than
2000 Swedish Muslim to the hajj from Arland Airport.
Hajj begins on the eighth day of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th
month of the Islamic year and will reach it climax
this year on Saturday, January 31, when the pilgrims
ascend the Mount of Arafat.
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