in ,

Amid Covid19 pandemic, 5 things that can make Eid more blissful and safe

By: Aamir Farooq, Anisa Malik, Tasadduq Shaheen

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Eid ul Azha this year is being celebrated in unprecedented circumstances. For the first time in known history, this Eid is being celebrated across the globe in a subdued manner like barely celebrated in the last many centuries.

This Kid, as what medical experts advise, requires a high degree of responsibility. With coronavirus transmission threat looming all over; besides wearing face masks, avoiding indoor gatherings and maintaining safe physical distances, what is highly important this Eid is not to waste any precious food, improper disposal of animal slaughter waste, bursting of fire crackers, etc. result in environmental pollution of different forms.

Many cities around the world, which witness big Eid-ul-Azha celebrations, now have environmental mitigation plans. Countries like UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Jordan, etc. are increasingly embracing the idea of eco-friendly Eid-ul-Adha

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) has developed an integrated action plan for Eid Al Adha 2018 as part of its efforts to ensure the cleanliness of Abu Dhabi and preserve its aesthetic appeal. Many cities have now action plans on waste management. Jammu & Kashmir has none.  

For any Municipal Corporation or local municipal bodies in towns and villages it is it is quite difficult to segregate, collect and dump this hazardous waste in a scientific manner, considering their current capacity. The fact is that this archaic waste disposal model has turned unsustainable, leading to environment pollution and risk of epidemics.

The practice

Across the world, Muslims on Eid-al-Azha perform sacrifice of a certain class of permitted animals to mark the supreme sacrifice offered by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son Ismael (AS). 

The challenge

With the rapid population growth and urbanisation in Muslim societies, managing the environmental fallout of the practice is becoming difficult. Major cities and towns in Jammu & Kashmir are facing the same problem.

In J&K’s cities, towns and villages most of the residents do the sacrifice at their houses and other community sites. Unfortunately,  quite often, such sites are not cleaned later on from certain animal remains like blood, skin, leftover fats, intestines, limbs etc. On the eve of this Eid-ul-Azha, social media in J&K was full of photos and videos depicting irresponsible disposal of the remains of the animals. All that is very much avoidable.

Holy Quran on environmental protection

Environmental awareness and protection of natural resources is an integral part of Islamic beliefs. But, ironically, this aspect is seldom emphasised in religious sermons. Quite rarely, Imams, during the Eid congregational prayers, emphasise on the need to protect the environment. 

Islam’s approach towards environment and natural resource conservation is clear. The Holy Quran says:

“It is He who has appointed you viceroys in the earth … that He may try you in what He has given you.” (Surah 6:165)

“O children of Adam! … eat and drink: but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.” (Surah 7:31)

Sayings of the Prophet of Islam ( Peace be on him) 

God’s Last Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has said: “There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift for him.” (Bukhari).

Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of God (Peace be upon him) forbade that a person relieve himself in a water source or on a path or in a place of shade or in the burrow of a leaving creature.

Islam also forbids cutting or destruction of plants and trees unnecessarily as is evident in the following Hadith: 

Abdullah ibn Habashi reported that Prophet Muhammad ( Peace be on him)  said: “He who cuts a lote-tree [without justification], Allah will send him to Hellfire.” (Abu Dawud). 

The lote-tree grows in the desert and is very much needed in an area which has scarce vegetation. The devastation caused by deforestation in many countries causes soil erosion and kills many of the biodiversity of the earth.

Islam’s  approach towards the use of natural resources was  emphasised by the Fourth Caliph Hazrat Ali ibn Abi-Talib (RA) who said “Partake of it gladly so long as you are the benefactor, not a despoiler; a cultivator, not a destroyer. All human beings as well as animals and wildlife enjoy the right to share Earth’s resources. Man’s abuse of any resource is prohibited as the juristic principle says ‘What leads to the prohibited is itself prohibited”.

When Abu Musa (RA) was sent to Al-Basrah as the new governor, he addressed the people saying: “I was sent to you by ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab (RA) in order to teach you the Book of your Lord [i.e. the Qur’an], the Sunnah [of your Prophet], and to clean your streets.”   

These values highlight Islam’s stress on avoiding pollution of critical resources and importance of cleanliness.

The sins we commit:

Despite the Holy Quran’s clear articulation that the human race has been appointed as viceroys on the Earth by the Almighty God, many, if not most, Muslims on Eid-ul-Azha remain unmindful about environmental protection. There are five particular sins that we avoidable.

Sin 1: The excess

Increasingly, there are certain practices getting associated with Eid-ul-Azha which do not align with Islam’s principles of moderation and modesty. Consequently, the carbon footprint of the festival is increasing, putting the environment to risk. 

Using plastic packaging with most of the consumables on Eid is avoidable.

Similarly, there is a need to prepare and plan meals based on the actual requirements and number of expected guests to be served.

J&K’s hospitality is well known. But, sometimes, it could get irrational too.  Seeing too much only to waste is a sin. It is better to make small or limited servings to the guests to avoid wastage.

The use of disposable cutlery, plates, napkins, tissues etc. is becoming a norm during festivities. This is avoidable and too bad for our natural environment.

Sin 2: Not thinking about eco-friendly disposal of animal remains before the sacrifice.  

Most people, if not all, before the sacrifice actually seldom plan for respectful and eco-friendly disposal animal waste. Consequently, their remains are either dumped in the open in public spaces or simply put down the public drains. But there are better ways of such disposal. For example burying some of the waste in pits, using chemicals for speedy decomposition or agreeing on common dumping sites at community level.  

If done scientifically at the community level, some of the waste, especially the cow dung and the half-digested fodder in cattle stomachs could be used for making fuel, fertiliser and fish feed. 

Quite often some people dump animal waste in such a manner that results in seepage of leachate from waste into ground water. 

There is hardly a culture of spraying waste with ‘microbial culture’ for speedy decomposition .

Sin 3: Scattering the animal bones in urban spaces and fields

It is a common practice for animal bones, especially of bigger animals, to be scattered in open spaces. That again is avoidable. 

In addition of being an environmental hazard, it is bad economics as well. 

Cattle bones are used for manufacturing capsule caps, so there is a market for them. In South Asia, a kg of raw bones fetch anywhere between Rs 25 to Rs 40.

Not only the bones, even the horns could be put to better use. The horns of cattle are used for making x-ray and cinema films, combs and buttons. Some entrepreneurs would need to pitch in to think of immense business possibilities here.

Sin 4: Throwing the animal remains, including genitals in streams and rivers 

Again, this is a common practice. but there could be a better and environmentally sensitive use of these materials.

According to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau, the country earned 1.7 crore Takas by exporting different body parts, including genitals, of animals in 2017.

Their genitals, which locals do not usually eat, are popular in many places like China, Thailand and Hong Kong and a huge amount of foreign currency could be earned by exporting them.

If such waste and organs are put into rivers and streams, there is a significant risk of ground water pollution and the spread of epidemics, not only to human but also the aquatic life, including the fish.

Sin 5: Disposal of animal remains in public spaces, fields, etc.

Many ingredients of the animal waste could be put to better use if better planned at community levels. 

Mahbub Hasan, a former professor of Dhaka University and also a UNDP consultant, says it was possible to generate 10 megawatts of electricity from 600 tonnes of garbage through the “rapid organic conversion”.  

There is no credible figure about how much waste is produced on Eid-ul-Azha across J&K. Ziraat Times did some comparative analysis of with some places and cities and the estimation is that Srinagar city alone produces nearly  1500  tonnes of ‘eid waste.’ Factoring in the population of other towns and villages, the situation could easily be imagined.  

Is there is better way of doing it?

Yes, there are, of course, many possibilities to consider. One alternative that many countries are exploring is the collection of  the waste generated on Eid and transporting  that to  the  ‘specially’ prepared dumping sites. 

Many cities in Muslim countries have developed standards of Eid-ul-Azha waste disposal. Municipal corporations and town area committees in J&K will have to seriously consider developing such standards.

Entrepreneurship initiatives:

There are many entrepreneurship possibilities related to making profitable use of the waste generated on Eid ul Azha. In many cities with significant Muslim populations in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, some startups have developed a system of the waste collection, especially the dung and creating rich organic manure. And there is always no dearth of buyers for organic manure.

Moreover, with such an approach, the risk of epidemics arising from ground water pollution & the nuisance created by scavengers could be minimised to a large extent.


Leave a Reply
  1. Taxi moto line
    128 Rue la Boétie
    75008 Paris
    +33 6 51 612 712  

    Taxi moto paris

    This is a topic which is close to my heart… Many thanks!
    Where are your contact details though?

  2. I’ll immediately snatch your rss feed as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Please permit me understand so that I could subscribe. Thanks.|

  3. I and also my friends were actually taking note of the great solutions from your website and then the sudden developed an awful feeling I never thanked the blog owner for those secrets. All of the guys were certainly stimulated to see them and have in reality been using these things. Many thanks for being simply thoughtful and then for selecting variety of outstanding themes most people are really needing to learn about. Our own honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.

  4. I truly wanted to post a small note to say thanks to you for all of the unique points you are writing at this website. My time-consuming internet investigation has now been recognized with reputable ideas to share with my friends and family. I ‘d claim that many of us website visitors are very much endowed to dwell in a remarkable community with many awesome individuals with very beneficial strategies. I feel very lucky to have encountered your entire web pages and look forward to many more exciting minutes reading here. Thanks a lot once more for all the details.

  5. Needed to create you that bit of remark to give thanks once again for the great suggestions you’ve shared at this time. It was wonderfully open-handed of people like you to offer freely what exactly most people would’ve marketed as an e book to help make some dough on their own, notably given that you could have done it in case you desired. Those principles likewise acted to be a great way to be certain that other people online have similar interest just like my very own to know much more on the subject of this problem. I’m sure there are some more pleasant moments in the future for people who read carefully your blog.

  6. I precisely wished to say thanks once again. I’m not certain the things I would have gone through in the absence of the type of creative ideas shared by you relating to such question. It absolutely was a very hard crisis in my opinion, nevertheless coming across a skilled form you processed that took me to cry for fulfillment. I’m happy for your work and then have high hopes you find out what a great job you happen to be carrying out instructing others all through your blog. I am sure you’ve never got to know any of us.

  7. I want to show my affection for your kind-heartedness for men and women that require help on the area. Your personal dedication to passing the solution throughout appears to be wonderfully insightful and have regularly made women like me to arrive at their pursuits. The helpful tutorial signifies a lot a person like me and even further to my fellow workers. Warm regards; from each one of us.

  8. Thank you so much for giving everyone such a superb opportunity to discover important secrets from this blog. It’s usually very lovely plus jam-packed with amusement for me personally and my office acquaintances to visit your blog at a minimum 3 times in 7 days to read the newest secrets you have. And lastly, I’m actually fulfilled considering the terrific methods you give. Some 2 areas in this posting are essentially the finest we have all had.

  9. Thanks a lot for providing individuals with an exceptionally superb chance to discover important secrets from this site. It can be so terrific and also packed with a great time for me personally and my office peers to search your website at least thrice a week to see the latest stuff you have got. And definitely, I’m also always motivated for the awesome knowledge you serve. Selected 2 facts in this article are honestly the most efficient we have had.

  10. I have to show some thanks to you for rescuing me from this particular crisis. Right after looking out through the internet and coming across basics which are not beneficial, I assumed my life was well over. Existing without the presence of answers to the difficulties you’ve resolved by means of the guide is a crucial case, as well as ones which may have adversely affected my career if I had not noticed your web page. Your actual mastery and kindness in taking care of all the stuff was priceless. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come upon such a stuff like this. I can also now look ahead to my future. Thank you very much for the skilled and effective help. I won’t think twice to suggest your blog to any individual who needs and wants recommendations about this subject.

  11. My spouse and i got absolutely contented that Chris could deal with his investigation while using the precious recommendations he had through the blog. It’s not at all simplistic just to be giving for free strategies which usually men and women have been trying to sell. Therefore we acknowledge we’ve got the blog owner to appreciate for this. The specific explanations you’ve made, the easy web site menu, the relationships your site help instill – it’s got all awesome, and it’s really facilitating our son in addition to the family imagine that this concept is amusing, and that’s really serious. Thank you for everything!

  12. Thank you for your entire labor on this web site. Kate enjoys setting aside time for investigations and it is simple to grasp why. My partner and i notice all about the powerful mode you make precious tactics via the website and inspire contribution from people on this content and our child has been studying a great deal. Have fun with the remaining portion of the new year. You’re the one conducting a great job.

  13. I am also commenting to make you understand of the perfect encounter my friend’s girl developed visiting your blog. She figured out a good number of details, with the inclusion of what it is like to possess a great helping style to have the rest very easily know just exactly some complex matters. You actually did more than our desires. Many thanks for distributing the precious, dependable, informative not to mention easy thoughts on the topic to Evelyn.

  14. I precisely needed to say thanks yet again. I’m not certain what I would’ve made to happen in the absence of these secrets contributed by you over this field. It absolutely was a horrifying circumstance for me personally, nevertheless viewing a skilled manner you dealt with it took me to jump for fulfillment. Now i am happy for the assistance and then hope you comprehend what a great job you happen to be putting in instructing the rest using your web page. Most likely you haven’t encountered any of us.

  15. Thanks so much for giving everyone an extraordinarily nice possiblity to discover important secrets from this blog. It really is very sweet and as well , stuffed with a great time for me and my office colleagues to visit your web site at a minimum 3 times a week to see the fresh stuff you have got. And indeed, I’m also at all times satisfied with the terrific suggestions you serve. Selected 3 ideas in this post are essentially the most effective we have all had.

  16. I have to show some thanks to the writer just for rescuing me from such a trouble. Just after scouting through the world wide web and meeting ideas which are not productive, I figured my entire life was over. Existing without the approaches to the issues you’ve sorted out by way of your entire review is a critical case, as well as the ones that could have adversely affected my career if I had not noticed the website. The natural talent and kindness in taking care of all things was helpful. I am not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t discovered such a thing like this. I can now look forward to my future. Thanks a lot very much for this skilled and sensible help. I won’t think twice to suggest the sites to any person who will need guidelines about this situation.

  17. I would like to express some appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from this type of circumstance. Because of scouting through the world wide web and finding advice which are not beneficial, I thought my entire life was gone. Being alive minus the solutions to the difficulties you have sorted out as a result of your main article content is a crucial case, as well as ones that could have adversely affected my career if I hadn’t come across the blog. Your actual knowledge and kindness in maneuvering every item was invaluable. I am not sure what I would have done if I had not discovered such a step like this. I am able to at this time look ahead to my future. Thank you so much for your impressive and effective guide. I won’t be reluctant to recommend your site to anyone who should receive guidelines on this matter.

  18. I am just writing to let you understand what a incredible encounter my daughter encountered going through your web site. She came to understand some issues, most notably what it is like to have an excellent helping nature to get others easily know precisely some complex issues. You really did more than readers’ expected results. Thank you for displaying such effective, dependable, educational and easy tips on that topic to Jane.

  19. A lot of thanks for your entire hard work on this blog. Ellie delights in managing research and it’s easy to understand why. I know all regarding the powerful tactic you create valuable guidance on this website and inspire response from other individuals on that issue then our own girl is undoubtedly becoming educated a whole lot. Take pleasure in the rest of the year. You have been carrying out a splendid job.

  20. I truly wanted to write a small note to be able to thank you for those wonderful tips and hints you are writing at this site. My particularly long internet investigation has at the end of the day been compensated with pleasant facts to talk about with my friends and family. I would admit that most of us visitors actually are very fortunate to be in a wonderful network with very many wonderful people with helpful hints. I feel quite grateful to have encountered your website page and look forward to tons of more pleasurable moments reading here. Thank you once more for a lot of things.

  21. My husband and i felt quite happy when Michael could conclude his web research through the precious recommendations he made from your own web pages. It’s not at all simplistic to just always be giving away information which often many people have been selling. Therefore we figure out we have got the blog owner to be grateful to for this. These explanations you made, the straightforward website menu, the relationships you help engender – it’s many awesome, and it’s really leading our son and us recognize that the subject matter is brilliant, which is certainly particularly pressing. Many thanks for the whole lot!

  22. I want to show appreciation to this writer just for rescuing me from this type of predicament. After surfing through the the net and getting techniques which were not pleasant, I believed my entire life was well over. Living without the presence of strategies to the problems you’ve resolved by means of this website is a critical case, as well as ones that might have badly affected my career if I had not discovered your web page. Your own knowledge and kindness in touching all areas was excellent. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I had not come upon such a solution like this. I’m able to at this point look forward to my future. Thanks for your time very much for the skilled and sensible guide. I won’t think twice to propose your web blog to any person who would like guidance about this topic.

  23. I precisely wanted to thank you very much yet again. I am not sure what I would’ve taken care of in the absence of the aspects shown by you over that area. This has been a real difficult dilemma for me personally, but noticing this expert avenue you handled that took me to jump for fulfillment. Now i am happier for this work as well as hope you recognize what a great job you happen to be undertaking teaching the mediocre ones via your site. Most probably you haven’t come across any of us.

  24. I am curious to find out what blog platform you are working with? I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest website and I’d like to find something more safeguarded. Do you have any recommendations?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



In 40 years, Srinagar records lowest rainfall in July this year

Strict restrictions re-imposed in Srinagar on Eid eve until Aug 8