Eid-ul-Azha today: Shoppers throng markets to buy essentials

Eid-ul-Azha today: Shoppers throng markets to buy essentials
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Srinagar: Eid-ul-Azha, the festival of sacrifice, will be observed with religious fervor across Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
Notably, this Eid is being observed on the 10th of the Islamic calendar’s last month, Dhu’l-Hijjah. On this festival, a spiritual Muslim offer a goat or sheep as a sacrificial animal while one camel and a calf will suffice for the vow of seven Muslims.
Allah ordered Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS). When the blindfolded father moved the blade on his son’s throat to carry out the divine command, an animal from heaven replaced Ismail. It is to celebrate the absolute submission of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to Allah’s command and the saving of Ismail’s life that Muslims offer animal sacrifices on Eid-ul-Azha.
Meanwhile, the big congregational Eid-ul-Azha prayers gathering are expected at Eidgah and Aasar-e-Sharif Dargah Hazratbal here, apart from the local Masjids, Shrines and Eidgahs at various districts across the State where religious scholars will throw light on the significance of Eid-ul-Azha and importance of sacrificial of animals.
The big congregational Eid prayers are also expected at Khadi Mill Alochi Bagh here.
As per the Islamic teachings, the Muslims across the State will start performing the act of sacrificing animals following the congregational Eid prayers as this Eid is being observed to commemorate Prophet Ibraham’s (AS) willingness to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS).
Meanwhile, the markets in Kashmir valley, particularly in the summer capital, wore a festive look Tuesday as residents went on a shopping spree, including for sacrificial animals, to prepare for Eid-ul-Azha which would be celebrated here Wednesday.
Sheep and goats worth crores would be sacrificed over the next three days to mark the tradition of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), in which he had offered to sacrifice his only son, Prophet Ismail (AS), as an act of obedience for Allah.
The meat of the sacrificial animals would then be distributed among relatives, friends and needy people.
The Consumer Affairs Department fixed a ceiling of Rs 210 per kilogram of live animal but the rate list was being observed in breach, indicating a higher demand for the animals this year.
“The rate list issued by the government departments exists only on paper as the animals are sold at the rate of Rs 240 to Rs 260 per kilogram,” Mohammad Ishaq, a city resident, said.
A mutton dealer has brought in camels from Rajasthan to be sacrificed this Eid. While few people showed interest in buying these animals, a large crowd gathered at places where these are put on sale.
Some animals are fetching the mutton dealers three to four times the actual value.
“We are selling the live animals at Rs 220 per kg but there are some sheep and goats which have higher price. The customers are willing to pay more for animals which look beautiful,” Mohammad Ayoub, a mutton dealer, said.
Elsewhere, bakeries, confectioneries and ready-made garment showrooms witnessed heavy footfall over the past few days as people made purchases for Eid.
However, the business community claimed that the sales were not as good as they had expected.
We have had a tough decade with agitations claiming three seasons in 2008, 2010 and 2016. Then we had 2014 floods which have badly affected the financial condition of the people,” Sajad Ahmad, a shopkeeper, said.
He said extension of GST to Jammu and Kashmir preceded by demonetisation in 2016 also had adverse effect on business in Kashmir.