Eid-ul-Azha is almost upon us, which means that thousands of domestic animals will be sacrificed in the name of Allah.
It’s a sacred religious duty that all Muslims uphold with enthusiasm. However, that enthusiasm does not have to come at the cost of environmental integrity and public health.
The mass sacrificing of animals throughout our densely populated capital city usually leads to animal waste piling up at houses, running down onto the streets, and clogging up our already ramshackle drainage system.
This does not have to be the way.
In most Muslim-majority nations, the sacrifice of animals is usually carried out at designated spots, such as slaughterhouses, where professionals perform the sacrificing ritual and dispose of the animal remains. And while this practice is steadily gaining traction in our country, it’s not being adopted fast enough.
If cleanliness is next to Godliness, then we seriously need to start reconsidering the way we carry out the sacrifice of animals during this holy day.