Srinagar: In a significant message in the backdrop of the furore over the ‘beef ban’ issue, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani today asked Muslims of the state to not “intentionally hurt the sentiments of any community” when sacrificing animals on Eid-ul-Azha.
This comes even as there have been innumerable cases of people slaughtering bovines in Kashmir in protest against the imposition of the Dogra-era ban. This assumed such proportions that the state government has reportedly been discussing banning internet services in the Valley, ostensibly to prevent people from uploading and sharing images of bovine sacrifices on social media during Eid.
In a statement issued to the press Geelani, while stressing that beef was a Halal food item for Muslims, and that nobody could prevent them from consuming it, also stressed that any such act would not be “against or to hurt any particular community or tribe but our religious obligation which is in practice from long ago and will continue in the future too”. He added that such sacrifices of animals on Eid was a dignified religious obligation to be carried out in a dignified manner and so should not intentionally hurt the sentiments of any community or be intended to “downgrade” (sic) anybody.
Geelani also expressed “deep concern and anguish” over the “hostile atmosphere” created by the controversial court order on the beef ban and that fanatic elements were “preparing the ground for communal violence between Muslims and Hindus on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha”. He also appealed to the Hindu community of the state to “not fall into the snare of the Shiv Sena and other allied parties of the Sangh Parivar and maintain communal brotherhood”.