As Eid-ul-Azha is drawing closer, the topic of buying cattle for sacrifice on the holy occasion is becoming the centre of conversation everywhere. Coronavirus notwithstanding, every solvent Muslim family must buy sacrificial animals to fulfil religious obligations of Eid-ul-Azha, commemorating the sacrifice of Ibrahim (as) at the command of Allah Subhanahuta’la.
Covid-19 has made us rethink many of our normal day to day activities, incorporating working from home, doing online classes, buying groceries and other necessities online, conducting zoom meetings, holding virtual seminars, conferences and even summits of heads of states and governments across continents. All these changes were made to deter spread of the virus and ensure health safety of all. So, buying sacrificial cattle cannot be left behind!Therefore, many online platforms have come up in the country to enable buying of sacrificial cattle by maintaining health safety. The government has given some directives to protect buyers’ interest, which are not being followed by most of the e-commerce sites. As sacrificial animals are expensive, therefore buyers must be cautious about getting duped, as last year some sellers posted photos of one animal and delivered a different one.
Unlike last year, this Eid-ul-Azha sees the online cattle market to be more widely available and acceptable to the buyers. If sellers display integrity in delivering the product that the buyers choose, then the confidence of the majority of people will increase towards buying online cattle in the future. The success of digital cattle haats actually depicts the ultimate success story of “Digital Bangladesh” – the dream of our far sighted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Because of that seed which was planted by her in 2009, we are seeing the thriving e-commerce marketplace, online education, banking, offices and even medical advice being available at our fingertips in today’s digitised Bangladesh.
No matter how big an animal one sacrifices, one can keep only one third of the meat for self and family. A third must be distributed to the needy who are unable to sacrifice animals for Eid. The rest of the third has to be shared with relatives, neighbours and friends. The sacrifice is symbolic, representing an effort to discard negative traits from within us. The sharing of the meat is a divine guidance to enable equitable and inclusive distribution of the good things in life amongst all in the society.