Anoushey Ashraf asks us to 'care, respect and love' our sacrificial animals this Eid

Anoushey Ashraf asks us to 'care, respect and love' our sacrificial animals this Eid

The greatest nations are those that are kind to their animals, she highlighted on social media.
19 Jul, 2021

Anoushey Ashraf has always made it a point to encourage kindness towards animals and this Eid is no exception. She posted a request for her followers to treat their sacrificial animals with compassion and love.

The actor and VJ took to social media to post an adorable photo of herself with a goat and a long caption that highlighted the need to be kind towards sacrificial animals. "Closing in on that time of the year where I always reach out to those on my Instagram urging them to care, respect and love their animal of sacrifice to the absolute fullest," she wrote.

The VJ continued and said, "A few things; Please make sure to remember it’s a ‘sacrifice’ not ‘slaughter’ and it takes place in the most humane way possible. Don’t make children run the blade on the animal please. The qasai should be a thorough professional, if the animal experiences discomfort, pain and severe distress you’re doing it wrong. There are gentle manuals on it. The knives should be so sharp that the animal shouldn’t feel any pain."

Ashraf emphasised the importance of not sacrificing an animal in front of other animals. "It induces severe anxiety in them," she wrote. The VJ also asked everyone to "stop another and teach them the rights of animals too if you see their animals in bad shape, under fed, hot, tied to short ropes so they can’t sit/move etc."

She reminded everyone to preserve the sanctity of the deed by refraining from showing off. "Do not make videos and photos of the process. They’re not for show, this occasion isn’t a show," she said. "Do not exhibit, compare and spend extravagant amounts of money to please Allah. He knows your neeyat [intention] better than anyone," she said.

"Clean up thoroughly after it’s done," the VJ continued. "Stop storing meat for yourselves, give and distribute the best of it first. Eat less meat through the rest of the year, please. It’s become a cruel industry and the spirit of being thankful is lost."

Ashraf also reminded her followers of the religious significance of being kind towards animals. “'Do not make your stomach a graveyard for animals,' [said] Imam Ali. Reflect on the meaning of sacrifice. Be humble about it. May Allah accept our sacrifices this year. The greatest nations are those that are kind to their animals. Many of them are our food, they fill our hungry bellies. They’re a big blessing. They provide nourishment to us."

Actor Adnan Malik commented on Ashraf's post and appreciated her for voicing such an important concern. "Thank you for sharing this and for encouraging compassion, integrity and intention at a time like this," he wrote.

We too laud Ashraf for these much needed reflections. Let's treat our animals with the love and compassion they deserve this Eidul Azha. Our compassion will make our religious sacrifice all the more special.


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Chrís Dăn Jul 19, 2021 11:27am
A very sweet message at a very right time. A mere "slaughter" in a crowd where even small kids are present listening the last shouts and cries of these helpless animal is something not only inhumane but also a motivation for small kids to be cruel psychopaths in their future.
Vivek Jul 19, 2021 12:39pm
And yes people in Pakistan will wholeheartedly follow this. Great
Fareed Jul 19, 2021 12:53pm
Not sure if baby animals are allowed to sacrifice.
Tanvir Khan Jul 19, 2021 01:47pm
Modern nutritional science has proven that ALKALINE foods are the healthiest for humans. All these civilization diseases such as diabetics, cancer, heart diseases, obesity, acne to name a few, are the consequence of highly ACIDIC foods! Acidic foods are all sorts of animal meat, dairy products, grains, rice, oils, etc. Alkaline or basic food is all sorts of vegetables and fruits. However, fruits should be consumed within limits as they contain a lot of sugar.
Gopal Patel Jul 19, 2021 02:11pm
If we love the animals, how can we sacrifice them?
ST Jul 19, 2021 04:43pm
Muslims already know how to sacrifce abd take care of their Qurbani animals . She should more worry about the animal abuse at the hands of merciless people
Asma Jul 19, 2021 05:04pm
Ahhh anything to be in the news
Ibrahim S Jul 19, 2021 09:18pm
@Gopal Patel . Do you love chicken biryani
Dan Jul 20, 2021 05:22pm
@Ibrahim S chicken is not an animal. Bird Classification An animal is a land mammal other than a human being. Insects, birds and fish are not animals.
Safi Jul 21, 2021 05:25am
The cognitive dissonance is strong in this one. If you care about the animals don't slaughter them.