UP: Relief for Muslims due to Yogi government's guidelines on Bakrid

Eid-ul-Azha i.e. the festival of Bakrid will be celebrated on August 1. Muslim society sacrifices animals on this occasion. There will be a lockdown in Uttar Pradesh on the day of Bakrid due to the Corona infection, in which the people of the Muslim community were confused about the sacrifice and Namaz. There was a constant demand from the Muslim community that the government issue the guidelines. In such a situation, after the Yogi government issued advisory about Bakrid, the Muslim community has felt relief, but there are still some doubts in them?

Uttar Pradesh DGP Hitesh Chandra has issued a guideline on Wednesday regarding the prayers and sacrifice of Bakrid. The government has not imposed any restriction on the sacrifice of animals, but it has definitely said that the sacrifice should not be done in public place, nor meat should be taken in the open. However, due to Corona, the government has also stopped mass prayers at the religious place. The DGP has said that communal sentiments should be taken care of and the police should use loudspeakers to make people aware of social distancing.

Relief for Muslims after guideline

Kamal Farooqui, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said that following the government guidelines, it is clear that there is no restriction on sacrificing animals on Bakrid. In such a situation, the Muslim community should sacrifice the animals in their homes or slatter houses, following the government’s guidelines completely. Also, Abdul Rajik, the Mufti of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind says that the Uttar Pradesh government and the central government have given permission to sacrifice animals on the occasion of Bakrid. It is a relief for Muslim society.

Kamal Farooqui says that the government has also issued a guideline regarding Bakrid prayers. Five people are allowed to offer Namaz in the Masjid-Idgah in lockdown due to Corona. Following the lockdown and social distancing, we will recite Eid-ul-Azha prayers and cooperate with the administration and not bother unnecessarily. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind general secretary Mohammad Salim Engineer said that before the government’s guideline came, we were worried about how Kurbini and Namaz would perform, but after the government’s direction, the whole problem is over.

Following the instructions of the Government, the Muslim community

Kamal Farooqui said that the government has issued guidelines for Bakrid, but at the same time, the local level administration has to instruct that they do not bother to sacrifice the Muslim community in any way. It has often been seen that the people of the local level administration bother the Muslim community about Kurbini, for this the government should think in this direction.

He says that not only animals are needed for the sacrifice, but also a man is needed to cut it. In such a situation, how the administration will give freedom to people who are sacrificing in the midst of lockdown, it is still expected.

Mufti Abdul Rajik says that on the occasion of Bakrid, animals are allowed to sacrifice. The administration should interact with the Muslim community at the local level and follow the guidelines, but do not disturb anyone unnecessarily. In recent times in UP, it has been seen that the way the administration is treating the Muslim community is not fair. In such a situation, the government and administration should give a guarantee to the Muslim community that the sacrifice of legitimate animals on the occasion of Bakrid will not be disturbed in any way. We fully support that cow dynasty should not be sacrificed nor meat taken openly.

Salim engineer says that due to corona infection, two days a week in Uttar Pradesh, there is a complete lockdown on Saturday and Sunday. This time the festival of Bakrid is falling on Saturday. This is the reason why the Muslim community is worried that the government has allowed the sacrifice, but due to the lockdown, the administration should not stop them from sacrificing. In such a situation, the administration should hold a meeting with the Muslim community of the village and the town and remove their fears.

The constitution allows the sacrifice

It is Islamically reasonable for Muslims to sacrifice. The Indian constitution also allows sacrifice on the occasion of Bakrid. Article 25 of the Indian constitution guarantees uninterrupted religious traditions. Based on this, the Supreme Court refused to consider the petition filed in 2015 and 2016 to stop the sacrifice on the occasion of Bakrid.

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