On one hand, people all around the country are observing the festival of sacrifice, Bakri Eid or Eid-al Adha, on the other, the RSS-affiliated outfit Rashtriya Muslim Manch in Lucknow wants Muslims to end the practice sacrificing animals for Bakri Eid.
Instead, they want Muslims of Uttar Pradesh to celebrate an eco-friendly Bakri Eid by cutting cakes with a goat image. Raja Raees, convenor of the outfit, told NDTV “It is not necessary to sacrifice an animal in Islam… If you show mercy towards all living beings, so will Allah. Muslims can cut a cake baked in the shape of a goat.” The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliated Rashtriya Muslim Manch was set up in 2002 by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP.
Meanwhile a buyer at a bakery told ANI says, “The custom of sacrificing an animal on Bakrid is not right. I appeal to everyone to celebrate the festival by cutting a cake instead of an animal.” This move of the Muslim outfit might have been accepted by some people in Lucknow, but on the other hand, some people have slammed the move. A Muslim cleric Khalid Rashid told NDTV, “At least let us celebrate our festivals in peace. To create controversies over festivals can only be part of an agenda. At this rate, tomorrow they will argue tomorrow that the Quran does not have the word Islam too.”
Earlier this week, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath banned animal sacrifice in open. Ahead of Bakri Eid the poster boy of BJP has reportedly directed the police authorities and the administration to ensure that sacrifice of animals does not take place in the open during the festival of Bakra-Eid or Eid-ul-Adha. He has further directed the authorities to make sure that the blood and the offal were not disposed of by the devout into drains.