Sheep from Georgia and Somalia: how to prepare for Eid al-Fitr in Dubai

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Cattle markets in the United Arab Emirates expect the influx of visitors on the eve of one of the most important holidays in Islam — Eid al-Adha (feast of sacrifice), which this year will start on 1 September.

Muslims are not important secular holidays that, in their opinion, are devoid of higher meaning in the year so they have only two truly festive day of Eid al-Fitr (feast of breaking the fast after the fasting month of Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (Eid al-Adha, feast of sacrifice after the Hajj to the Holy places in Mecca and Medina).

The origins of the holiday

According to the Qur’an, the angel Gabriel appeared to the prophet Ibrahim in a dream and gave him a commandment from Allah to sacrifice son. Ibrahim went to the valley of Mina to the place where Mecca now is to obey this command. At the last moment, Allah made so that the knife of Abraham passed this test, could not cut it. Ritual sacrifice was the sheep.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated in the Arab world after the most difficult trials of Muslims — the Hajj in Mecca and Medina, where pilgrims on the heat in the desert, having a minimum necessary, perform sacred rites.

Most of all make sacrifices on the day of the so-called «standing» pilgrims on mount Arafat in the outskirts of Mecca, when they stand on the mount and recite prayers all day — from sunrise to sunset. On this day, those Muslims who for whatever reason are unable to make the Hajj to Mecca, going to cattle markets and choose the sacrificial animals for ritual slaughter.

«Many buyers come to us not in the holiday, namely the day of standing on mount Arafat, choose animals for sacrifice. The feast of the sacrifice is not associated with the mindless cutting of animals, his goal is to bring animals for a sacrifice for the people. A modern twist — to do good and to feed those for whom eating meat on ordinary days is a luxury» — told RIA Novosti the Director of the cattle market in Dubai Zakaria al-Mulla. The market appeared nearly 30 years ago and is considered the oldest in the country.

In the days of the founder of Islam the prophet Muhammad the period after the searing hot summer was the most hungry for the residents of the region, so to arrange a holiday, when those who had the opportunity, have shared food with the needy, had a lot of sense.

«Home» the sacrifice is not welcome

Now supposed that the purchaser of the sacrificial animal after slaughtering it took him only one third meat, one third is distributed to neighbors and friends, and another third have given to the needy. However, when the sellers of the cattle, ask the customers whether they need a pet for yourself or for charity, it is clear that many do not take yourself and thirds.

«In the place where slaughter and butchering of animals, there are charitable organizations that distribute the meat among poor people,» said al-Mulla.

Emirati authorities have not welcomed circulated in some other Muslim countries the tradition of score of sacrificial animals in homes, apartments or backyards, on the streets in front of houses.

«The Dubai municipality and other cities in the UAE are not allowed to slaughter animals at home. There are special places near the markets, equipped with everything necessary, where they primarily undergo a medical check, and the miner cattle have the necessary certificates and are used to slaughter only tools that were sanitized,» said al-Mulla.

According to him, the market is not allowed to sell sick animals, and vets check them before entering, but it happens that the disease of the animal does not affect its appearance, and it becomes known only after killing and dissection.

Sometimes, the RAM seems healthy his score, and it turns out that the inside affected by parasites or disease, said al-Mulla. «Then sanitary service does not allow eating meat, and market leadership or return the money to the buyer or give him another animal,» — said the Director of the market.

However, the market can meet a lot of miners, which according to the customer ready to go to his house. They have their own tools for the slaughter, but if these people were caught by the property market, all the instruments are confiscated, and they will be fined.

According to Islam, slaughtering an animal, especially on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, should take place according to certain rules, to bring him less suffering. Tools for slaughtering must be extremely sharp, the death of the animal should be easy and sudden. You cannot kill an animal in the presence of relatives, it is impossible to even live cattle have been in that place where the slaughter, and had the opportunity to see or hear it.

Sheep from Georgia and Somalia

Dubai cattle market is the realm of the Pakistanis and the miner cattle, too, mostly Pakistanis, although their main product is sheep and goats are imported from India and from Australia.

«We have on the market sold sheep, lambs, goats, cows. No camels, as their meat is highly demanded by the clients in Dubai, camels for slaughter sold in the city of al-Ayn near the border with Oman, as they love camel meat,» said al-Mulla.

«Sheep are mainly imported from India and Australia, the supply from these countries is well established, as there is compliance with all necessary sanitary requirements for the content of animals. But there is also the Arabian breed of sheep called «Naimi» — they were brought from Jordan, they are bigger than Indian. Small parties brought sheep from Georgia, from Somalia. On the market there are Somali cow», he said.

The price of the animals depends on their age and weight. The most expensive sheep — those who are less informed. Sellers in the market on the question of the age of the animal actively demonstrate to buyers the RAM’s teeth, raising sheep and opening his mouth. If the two front incisor lower jaw is still small, the age of the sheep does not exceed. In the occasion the price of a 20 kg sheep not older than one year can be from 600 to 800 dollars. Goats are sold more expensive. Typically, one family bought one sacrificial animal.

The Director of the market in Dubai believes that this year the demand for sacrificial animals during the holiday in the UAE can surpass the offer. «Eid al-Adha this year falls on the hot summer, and the cattle sent from India by sea to prevent the animals from death, while aircraft, which makes their transport more expensive. Accordingly, decreasing supply», — he said.

Mobile technology

The Emirate of Dubai would not be Dubai if his government tried to introduce advanced technology even at this ancient occupation, as the purchase of the animal for ritual slaughter. The Dubai government has implemented a program called Smart Abattoir («Smart bottom»), when you need a sacrificial animal can be selected via a smartphone app, to pay electronically, then the animal is butchered in a slaughterhouse will be delivered directly to your home.

Lying under the awnings on the 40-degree heat sheep all Express resignation. Their sellers in soaking wet from sweat clothes under unbearably scorching UAE sun look as tired as the animals. A manifestation of pity for the lambs, whose fate is already predetermined, the traders unanimously reject. «I don’t want to eat by himself, not eating, give to others, meat is not everyone can afford,» they say.

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