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    Slaughter Ban Mars Eid Al-Adha In Sweden http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-01/30/article04.shtml By Yahiya Abu Zakariya, IOL Correspondent
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      Slaughter Ban Mars Eid Al-Adha In Sweden

      http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-01/30/article04.shtml

      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
      sheep.

      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
      houses.

      Swedish Muslims do not only have to worry about
      sacrificing animals, but also about distributing the
      meat.

      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
      their behalf.

      Others send aid to the poor and needy in occupied
      Palestine and other parts of the Arab and Islamic
      worlds.

      Unison

      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
      sublime hearts.

      Muslims of origins as far apart as Egypt, Tunisia,
      Somalia, Palestinian territories and Pakistan, all
      mingle together in a unique manifestation of unity and
      faith.

      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
      the faith.

      A growing number of youth in the country are showing
      interest in knowing more about Islam, he said.

      Humanitarian Treatment

      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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