Islamic Organisations in India have urged Muslims to maintain hygiene, exercise restraint and not give a reason to other communities to complain.
In a joint statement, Jamate-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH), All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees said it was difficult to find animals for the sacrificial ritual incidents but stressed that the sacrifice ‘qurbani’ should be done as it is a ‘sunnah’.
“Due to a particular situation you may encounter certain difficulties in procuring and sacrificing the animal for qurbani this year,” the press release said. “Just because of difficult circumstances, you should not become negligent of this important responsibility.”
They urged Muslims to “not give a chance by your actions and behaviour for any kind of complaint to your neighbours especially those belonging to other faiths.”
“You should not allow relations to become strained and must exercise maximum self-restraint. You should not take the law in your hands under any circumstances,” it said.
The organisations urged Muslims to avoid sacrifices on the streets. “Do not offer qurbani on the roads, footpath and pathways, rather perform it in open spaces. Kindly ensure the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene.”
They also suggested the formation of a committee of elders in an area to ensure that the “process of qurbani passes off smoothly under their supervision”.
The letter was signed off by leaders including AIMPLB President Maulana Rabey Hasni Nadvi, JIH President Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, JUH President Maulana Mahmood Madani and Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad Naqvi.
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