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In Hindu nations where cows are considered sacred, Muslims are often despised for consuming beef. India’s largest minority group—the Muslims—have often found themselves excluded from the mainstream political power circles in India. Radical Hindu nationalist groups have portrayed the act of killing Muslims for slaughtering cows as a sacred duty on multiple occasions. This act is supplemented by the political silence of the current leadership on these incidences.
Hindus believe that Gadhimai Devi, an aspect of Kali, the Hindu goddess of power will fulfill your desires and wishes if you were to spill enough blood for her.
The tradition dates back to a priest who was told about 250 years ago in a dream that spilled blood would encourage Gadhimai, the Hindu goddess of power, to free him from prison.
For the hundreds of thousands of devotees who travel to the temple from India and Nepal, it is an opportunity to have their wishes fulfilled.
“I had four sisters. Eight years ago, I made a wish for a brother and the goddess blessed us with him,” Priyanka Yadav, of Janakpur, explained to BBC Nepali.
But on the other hand, these Hindu nations celebrate Gadhimai Festival where the LARGEST animal slaughter in the world would be carried out. Large scale slaughter of Cows, with the goal of pleasing Gadhimai, the goddess of power.
It is estimated that 300,000 – 500,000 animals were killed during the period of sacrifice in 2009 while 5 million people visited Gadhimai during the festival. Male domestic Asian water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) (locally called “PaaDa”) are the preferred species to offer to the goddess. Several other species including male goats (Khassi/Boka), chickens (Murga/Kukhura), Pigeons (Parewa), Ducks (Haans) and some rats (Moos), are also killed.
These animals are not for consumption, but just for the sake of sacrificing for their belief.
ANIMAL SLAUGHTER IN ISLAM
Muslims are allowed to slaughter animals for consumption or for sacrifice, which would be distributed amongst the poor and needy as an act of charity.
“Their meat will not reach Allah , nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you.” (Quran 22:37)
Muslims are to kill animals for consumption with the fastest and least painful way, which is by severing the neck to to hasten the bleeding and death of the animal.
Some basic rules for slaughtering animals in Islam are:
- The act of slaughtering shall be done with good intention, for consumption in the name of Allah and not for other purposes.
- The slaughterman is well aware of his action; sane.
- The animal to be slaughtered must be permitted for consumption; forbidden animals like pigs, dogs, etc. are not allowed
- The animal must be alive during the slaughter
- The animal must be healthy
- The knife used must be sharp and clean and there should not be any difficulty or struggle in cutting the neck which would cause torture to the animal.
- Slaughtering must be done in a single attempt.
A Boycott on Animal Cruelty
Any animal which is killed in a brutal manner would be forbidden to be consumed by the Muslims. If the animal was sick, beaten or tortured to death, mutilated, it is automatically deemed forbidden for consumption.
Wasting food is also considered a sin in Islam. Any living thing which is killed for consumption should not be wasted. The extra should always be given away to relatives, the poor or the needy as charity.