Eid-ul-Azha – Bloody Awesome!

Many foreigners are bloody horrified at some of the bloody ‘inhumane practices’ of us the Muslims.

They take our bloody simple, logical traditions and turn it into some kind of sensational bloody drama.

You must be thinking, why the bloody hell is this girl using the word ‘bloody’ so much.

Well it’s because I’m bloody tired of all the fuss some Westerners make of our holy festival, Eid-ul-Azha.

Here’s what people think we do: Split animals’ throats and slosh around in rivers of its blood while cackling madly and brandishing around butchering-knives and goat guts.

Here’s what we actually do: Have a butcher ceremoniously slaughter an animal we had bought specially with our own money. Then we divide the meat into three portions, one for distributing amongst the poor, one for our relatives, and one for ourselves. Then, we have a bloody barbecue!

We Muslims say Allah’s name and slit the animal’s, usually a goat’s, throat. It’s jugular vein, to be precise. A quick and painless death. The animal is then hung up in a way that it’s blood is drained (like Jewish kosher meat, it’s a religious law of Islam as well, that all our livestock is butchered this way. Science has also proven it’s healthier and there has been an increase in the number of non-Muslims who have started frequenting Halal food outlets). It’s then skinned, gutted and prepared.

And then, we do the unthinkable…

We eat it.

We cook it and we bloody eat the meat.

Can someone, anyone, tell me what’s inhumane about this process?

The fact that we do this as a ceremony once a year, all the Muslims as a whole?

Or is it the fact that people just like to make a mountain out of a bloody mole-hill?

The sacrifice just teaches us, well, sacrifice, sharing, charity and respect for animals (our religion is very strict on animal rights)!

It gives us a reason to dress up and meet people.

It gives us a reason to have amazing barbecues.

And yet Western media shows it as a bloodbath!

I can assure you, it’s not a bloody bloodbath.

It’s bloody awesome!


The kingdom of …

The kingdom of God is inside you, and all around you.
Not in a mansion of wood and stone.
Split a piece of wood and God is there.
Lift a stone and you will find God.

While listening to the glam-rock/metal band Black Veil Brides, I came across Exordium, the words are stated above.

After careful research on these words, I came to know that they were first said in the 1999 horror film Stigmata. And they were taken from various parts of the Gospel of Thomas.

Uttering these words in Pakistan will just be an invite of religious backlash.

I, however, stick to this concept, no matter what the ramifications.

I do believe the Ka’aaba is an important structure. It is a religious symbol for all Muslims to converge upon. And it is the centre of our world. But terming it as as the ‘House of God’ is foolishness.

Everything is the house of Allah. He resides in everything, from a water molecule, to the spirit of a human being. The universe is the house of God.

One cannot understandably worship the universe. A symbolic house of God is necessary, but we must always remeber, God’s throne is in our hearts.

His touch is evident in every flower, every leaf.

His wrath is shown when the world burns. When men kill men. When women are abused. When children die from chemical weapons.

His forgiveness is seen when new life is born, innocent, untouched, pure.

With every child that emerges from his mother’s womb, He gives human-kind another chance.

Why do we not take it?