“Sheep” day philosophy !

Pic by Joel Sossa
Photography by Joel Sossa

    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


3 thoughts on ““Sheep” day philosophy !

  1. Eh bien, vous ne mâchez pas vos mots ! Et j’aime ce courage-là. Quant à votre pensée … toutes les religions que je connais un peu (moins que la liste que vous en faites) ont des fêtes lesquelles s’accompagnent de “mangeaille”. C’est un peu le droit à l’abondance pour une humanité pas toujours bien nourrie. Le sang et la chair ont toujours été mis au programme des célébrations sacrées. La mort ritualisée aussi, souvent. Bien ou mal, la question n’est pas là : le rite est nécessaire à l’homme. Et c’est une qui déteste les grandes bouffes (dont Noël) et ne mange presque pas de viande qui vous l’écrit.

  2. Eh oui vous avez raison rites sacrés riment le plus souvent avec sang, chair et ‘mangeaille’ comme vous dites (j’aimes bien le mot, je vous le piques haha). C’est surement pour cela que je n’ai jamais vraiment adhéré à la philosophie derrière tout ce qui est pratique religieuse (à part la prière qui se comprend vu que ça me semble plutôt une forme de méditation qu’autre chose). Mais bon, chacun sa façon de vivre sa religion, que ce soit en dansant nu sous la pleine lune pour les Wiccans, en célébrant Noel, le Sabath ou l’Aid.

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