Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) is celebrated throughout the
Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (PBUH) willingness
to sacrifice his son for God.
Currently, the high Islamic standard of compassion to animals is often violated by those who provide sacrificial animals because they use cruel methods such as the mass transport of sheep in severely crowded, filthy conditions from Australia. These animals are denied adequate space, food, water, and medical attention during their lengthy overseas journeys. Such treatment would seem to violate Islamic teachings.
Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri writes in Animals in Islam (p. 117), that the well-known Sheikh Farid Wagdi wrote, “[T]here may come a day when Muslims shall have to substitute the rite of animal sacrifice with other methods of giving alms.”
Many of the typical Eid al-Adha recipes are heavily based on meat. By following these simple tips, you can use modern meat substitutes to provide the same taste to the recipes that you have always loved but without the cholesterol, fat, hormones, antibiotics, and other harmful substances in meat. Instead, you will get a healthy dose of phytochemicals and fiber, neither of which are found in meat. Plus, you still get a healthy amount of low-fat protein.
• You can order Chinese vegetarian “beef” chunks, and even “lamb” chunks, at http://www.vegieworld.com/, where you will also find vegetarian versions of salmon, shrimp, squid, and even eel!
• Or replace beef or lamb chunks in stews with seitan (“wheat meat”) or textured vegetable protein (TVP). Both of these can easily be found in health-food stores.
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