With the festival of Eid-Ul-Zuha commonly known as Bakri Eid coming on 2nd of September, the Muslim community is rejoiced and in view of the same to keep the festival a joyous one, the President of the Association of All Goa Muslim Jamaats, Shaikh Bashir has requested all the Muslims to be careful about where the Qurbani is being performed.
As a custom in Goa, Qurbani is always performed in the premises of Goa Meat Complex Abattoir where all the required arrangements are being done by the management and government authorities. Talking to reporters, Shaikh Bashir said “this Eid is celebrated by Muslims with great enthusiasm keeping in mind the sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim and coincides with the annual Hajj performed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This festival of sacrifice is celebrated by Muslims by slaughtering an animal, also known as Qurbani. Annually, this religious obligation (Qurbani) is performed at the Goa meat complex abattoir at Usgao with the management and government authorities making all the necessary arrangements and rendering their full cooperation.”
In Goa, it is only legal to perform the act of qurbani at the Goa Meat Complex. Since there is Namaz also to be done before the sacrifice, he has urged everyone to follow the usual course and come to the complex for the processions. He said, “On this Eid, there is a namaz performed at all the masjids in Goa prior to the Qurbani. The namaz timings vary at each masjid and the Qurbani is performed for only three days (till September 4) from 6am to 6pm. Muslims then visit their relatives and friends exchanging greetings and offering eidi (sweets) to children.”
Talking about the arrangements made for the sacrifice he said that they will be transporting more than 300 cattle and the cattle meat will be transported using ice vans which will cost around Rs. 3,800 per portion of the oxen. This will be more economical since one portion of oxen is equivalent to seven portions of goat which would cost around Rs. 10,000 to 15,000. The state of Goa witnesses special arrangements every year for the sacrifice. This includes posting of two government officials at the two state check posts of Molem and Colem to ensure that the transporting of cattle is smoothly done without any problems. The abattoir also runs two shifts wherein approximately 150 animals can be slaughtered per shift