Monday, July 18, 2011

sharing sacrificial meat with the poor

Bill Colsher wrote me:
Google it! Evidently the distribution of sacrificIal meat to the poor is alive and well in the Islamic world. :
‘I had forbidden you to eat from the sacrificial meat for more than three days so that those who could afford it could give to those who are poor, but now you can eat as you wish, feed others from it, and preserve some.’”
and a news item from last fall: :
"Udhiyah or Qurbani is an Islamic practice in which the affluent share their good fortune with the less fortunate. On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, by sacrificing animals, wealthy Muslims all over the world perform this Islamic duty in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's (peace be upon him) readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail (may God be pleased with him)."
I'm sure vegetarian Muslims find an alternative. Makes me wonder if the original word is properly translated "meat" in the modern sense or "meat" in the older English sense of "food".