Today is the Adha Aid, a real torture for animal lovers like me. I qualify myself as a believer who gets inspired by the spiritual beauty of all religions ( Islam, Reform Judaism, Christianism, Liberal Quakers, Bahai, Sikhism, Jainism, Unitarian Universalism, Neo-paganism, Secular Humanism, Hinduism and Buddhism ), i don’t know how to call my deism but i indeed think that religion is something personal that goes constant change and evolution, so we should always seek knowledge, feed our brains and souls with what resonates with our inner wisdom . Our perception of the world is OUR truth, there is no such thing as an absolute wisdom, so each one of us is meant to look for it himself.
Anyhow, today is a ceremony that Moroccans ( and most muslims ) celebrate like if it was Redemption day, and i honestly think all this wasted food and energy is completely unnecessary given the current world events and the mindset of most people. Not only isn’t this sacrifice something primordial (just a Sunna, not a Fard), it’s expensive, wasteful, completely ridiculous if we just take a look at the countries around us who are either in war, hunger or distress. Buying tremendously expensive sheep and having royal feasts just so we can show how ‘muslim’ we are, how fat and expensive our animal (and belly) is compared to the neighbour’s… while we could end national hunger for 20 years with half that money if we all donated together to the same charity. We should try thinking with our hearts and minds instead of believing that the bigger the sheep, the bigger the faith. Besides the fact that we would’ve helped entire countries with the Aid money, i have absolutely nothing against people’s right to celebrate what they believe in if they do it with full awareness of the whereabouts.
Anyhow, have a nice day no matter if you’ll be eating sheep balls, heart and liver all week long or not ! Xx