i know a lot of muslim cities turn bloody overnight with blood running in every corner and courtyard haha which is kind of gross. maybe they should have designated areas for it just to keep everything hygienic.
i think the problem is that everyone buys a huge animal to show off and slaughters it in the street. if it were just a bunch of small sheep, it would still be different.
i think it's kind of beautiful that muslims are still close to nature. they don't just go to the supermarket and buy meat wrapped in cellophane. we know we are allowed to eat animals and that the animals themselves do not suffer during the zabiha
and the whole idea is to commemorate the sacrifice of Ibrahim, Ismail and Hajer with our own sacrifice.
i don't think eid had anything to do with ibrahim, ismail, etc.. it's even more christmasy than christmas -- all show and no substance (at least here).
for most muslims even until now it is extremely rare to be able to eat meat. everyone is so happy and it's such a tradition to do the sacrifice and cook fresh meat and eat it.
a lot of the beggars actually sell the meat.
the kids run around all day excited and the boys get to be real "men" and go with their fathers to do it and bring back the meat. it's divided up and the kids run to different neighbors houses to distribute the meat.
? yur obviously a girl!
the poor actually get to have a good meal for once along with the rich. the women end up cooking and the whole family partakes in a very expensive meal. a real festival.
i think its only a real festival for the middle and upper class.
i think living in the west we really completely miss out on this whole aspect of eid-al-adha due to to modern life.
so yeah blood everywhere, meat everywhere, but i think you can appreciate it if you look at it in context!
i think we in the muslim world also miss out on it...and by the way did i tell you how much the eid khutba sucks? a large fraction of it is just about how to physically pray it -- since there are lots of confusing takbirs....
in the west, at least you get the message of eid, and the khutbas are cooler, and there is real comaraderie. here nobody gives a toss about anybody (in the cities) and you just go home after the khutba.
i mean look at me? it's eid and i'm writing on jannah.org. how screwed up am i?