A Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow sacrificed a cake with a goat drawn on it to spread the message against the killing of animals on Eid-ul-Adha or Bakrid on Tuesday.
Syed Hasan Kauser, who deals in real estate, asked a bakery in Balaganj area to make a 25-kg cake in the shape of a goat for Bakrid.
The Muslim bakery owner was initially reluctant to take the order when Kauser, a member of RSS-backed outfit Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), told him that he wanted to offer the goat-shaped cake as a sacrifice to highlight the need to stop animal sacrifice on Bakrid.
The baker eventually agreed to make the cake after but with a rider that they will not make a goat-shaped cake but a normal one with a goat drawn on it.
“They delivered a 5-kg normal cake with a picture of a goat on it. The cake was not what we had asked for but at least we made a beginning. They thought it was a sin but then is animal sacrifice justified?” Raees Khan, MRM’s convener who was present during the novel ‘qurbaani’, asked.
Kauser’s three sons, his relatives and other members were present during the novel cake-cutting ceremony at the MRM office.
The ‘cake qurbaani’, however, got thumbs down from clerics.
Maulana Abdul Khalid Sambli from Darul-Uloom Deoband described the ‘goat-cake sacrifice’ move as najayaz or illegal. “The sacrifice that took place in Lucknow on Tuesday is not valid in Islam,” he said.
Unmindful of the criticism, the MRM plans to donate 100 ‘animals’ on Bakrid to the needy from next year.
“Islam teaches brotherhood and compassion. I fail to understand why people are opposing our ‘bloodless sacrifice’. Some cite religion as the reason but then by that logic one should offer one’s most prized asset as ‘qurbaani’. That doesn’t happen,” a Muslim man, who witnessed the ‘goat-cake qurbaani’, said.
A couple of days back, few residents of Uttar Pradesh filed a petition in the Supreme Court questioning the sacrifice of animals on Bakrid despite the fact that the apex court had struck down a similar plea last year.
Muslims across the globe celebrate Eid-ul-Adha by slaughtering goats, sheep and other animals on the day to commemorate Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command.