Don’t hurt sentiments of any community on Eid: Geelani
Srinagar: The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday appealed the people not to resort to any act on Eid which will harm any particular community and said that beef has been fixed Halal (legal) for Muslims by Almighty.
In a statement issued to GNS, Geelani said: “When on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Adha, we will be performing the great Sunnah (action) of a Great Prophet of the Islam Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) and we will be sacrificing the animals, it will not be against or to hurt any particular community or tribe but it is our religious obligation which is in practice from long ago and we will continue to practice it in future too.”
He however said that “while sacrificing animals on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, we should adopt a dignified attitude and approach for this dignified religious obligation.” “The aim of these sacrifices should be to honor the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim and to please Almighty Allah and it should not be intentional to hurt the sentiments of any community or it should not be done to show anybody down-grade,” he said.
He expressed his deep “concern and anguish” over the reports that the recent controversial court order about the beef has created a hostile atmosphere in the Jammu region and some fanatic communal elements are preparing the ground for communal violence between Muslims and Hindus on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
While appealing the Hindu brothers not to fall into the snare of the Shiv Sena and other allied parties of the Sang Parrivar and maintain the communal brotherhood at any cost, Geelani said “we are not sacrificing animals to hurt you or out of any kind of hatred”.
“Sacrifice of animals is an important part of Eid-ul-Azha and its practice is obligatory for us. We cannot stop the Hindu brothers to consume their Hallal things. Non-Muslims are free to follow their religion even in the country which is ruled by the Islamic Shariah,” he added.
“We have to be extremely cautious and vigilant on this crucial juncture and we have to keep ourselves away from any such action which has potential to help in the implementation of the evil designs of communal forces. I appeal to all the pro-freedom people to perform the sacrifices in according to the true Islamic spirit,” the octogenarian added. (GNS)