New Delhi, November 6, 2011
Maulana Abdul Kasim Naumani, Vice chancellor of leading Islamic seminary, Durah Uloom, has appealed on Sunday to all Muslims in India to refrain from slaughtering cattle on the Islamic festival day of Id-Ul-Zuha in order to respect the sentiments of the Hindus in the country.
‘As a mark of respect for the feelings of Hindus, the seminary has asked the Muslims in the country to avoid cow slaughter on the occasion of Id-Ul-Zuha tomorrow', Naumani has said.
Hindus in India and world over treat cow and bull as holy creatures to be respected and even venerated.
On the other hand, beef is a popular food item among Muslims. Indian Muslims treat it almost as a delicacy.
Throughout the history, a great deal of strife among Muslims and Hindus in India has resulted from this conflict of interest.
In Sri Lanka, too, the conflict remains to a lesser degree. Hindus constitute approximately 17 per cent of the country's population while the Muslims population is around 7 percent. The majority Buddhists are also somewhat averse to beef. Many Hindus and some Buddhists are vegetarians.
Id-Ul-Zuha or ‘Festival of Sacrifice' is an annual festival that follows pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and is celebrated by Muslims throughout the world.
Source - Times of India