Sunday, November 06, 2011

Celebrating Eid al-Adha in the #Netherlands

When politics has its way, this year will be the last year when Muslims are allowed to celebrate Eid al-Adha in the traditional way. Traditionally a sheep is butchered, its meat is shared with the poor. According to a one issue political party, the "party of the animals" butchering animals in the halal way should not be allowed.

The law that effectively prevents the eating of meat by both Muslims and Jews still needs to go through the Dutch senate. My fear is that this law that may be well intentioned, will effectively have quite nasty results. At present animals are slaughtered in slaughter houses. With this law in place I am convinced that many animals will be butchered wherever because people will celebrate their festivals and they want to celebrate it in the traditional way.

PS Ied mubarak
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