Can our leaders please stop wishing everyone a happy
#EidMubarak & address this ancient medieval slaughtering of animals?
- FRENCH POLICE SEIZE DOZENS OF SHEEP HIDDEN IN GARAGE…477
- …LIVESTOCK WAITING FOR ISLAMIC RITUAL SLAUGHTER FESTIVAL
The bloodier, the better: For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrifice
Muslims often slaughter sheep at the annual Eid al-Adha “feast of the sacrifice” which falls next week, but some Egyptians are thinking bigger.
Wealthier customers are flocking to the Birqash market, northwest of Cairo, where traders from across east Africa bring animals for auction – not sheep, but camels.
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GRAPHIC CONTENT: Blood-soaked Islamic ritual sees 100s hack their own heads with machetes
SICKENING pictures of a blood-soaked Islamic ritual taking place across the Middle East show young men taking knives to their HEADS in brutal acts of self-harm.
A shocking image from this year’s rituals show a bloodied man
The holy Day of Ashura festival sees millions of Muslim men and boys around the world take part in the dramatic ceremony.
It is held to mourn the death of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Husayn, in 680 AD, during the Battle of Karbala.
The 10-day festival is observed by both Sunni and Shia sects, although self-harm is discouraged by some Shia leaders who say it creates a negative image of Islam.
The Ashura ritual takes part across the Middle East
The 10-day festival is observed by both Sunni and Shia sects
(The Ashura is not performed by Sunni’s, only by Shiites)
Shocking images from this year’s ritual show streets in Iraq soaked with blood and youngsters posing with knives, spears and chains.
The worshippers’ white robes are splattered with blood and many have open wounds on the tops of their heads.
Those not carrying out the brutal acts slap their chests, chant, and act in street plays.
It is also common to combine the rituals with a pilgrimage to the Mashhad al-Husyn in Iraq, which is thought to be the resting place of the Prophet’s grandson.
Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain and Pakistan mark the day of Ashura as a public holiday, although it was banned under Saddam Hussein’s rule.
But the annual ceremony is also often targeted by Islamic extremists, and this year is no exception.
Many of the worshippers have open wounds on the tops of their heads
The more blood, the better:
A series of blasts targeting Shia Muslims in Dhaka killed at least one person and wounded dozens more earlier today, as they gathered for a procession in the old part of the Bangladesh capital to mark the holy day.
Police cordoned off the area and were investigating the blasts, which they said were caused by improvised explosive devices. It was unclear who carried out the attack.
“This camel market is the biggest in the world … it is the only one that still operates by word of honour, without paper,” said camel trader Faraj al-Gammal, 50.
“Any businessman who comes from abroad, bringing in … camels, knows he is safe and secure here.”
Buyers inspect camels that limp around on three hoofs, the fourth tied at the knee to restrict their movement.
Many are sold at prices ranging from 15,000 Egyptian pounds ($840) to 40,000 pounds, while some fetch as much as 65,000. Sheep sell for as little as 3,000 pounds.
One trader pointed out that camels were reared more naturally than cattle or sheep.
“Cattle get hormone injections to increase their weight, but camels don’t,” said Azmi Mansour.
Used mostly for desert transport, camels also provide Bedouin with milk, meat and hair to weave into clothing.
Eid al-Adha commemorates Islam’s version of the biblical story of God’s testing of Abraham’s faith by commanding him to sacrifice his son.
Meat from the animals slaughtered for Eid is traditionally shared with the poor.