Eid in Jammu: People remember Kerala flood victims amid shopping and festivity

  • Yogesh Sagotra
  • Publish Date: Aug 26 2018 8:58PM
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  • Updated Date: Aug 26 2018 8:58PM
Eid in Jammu: People remember Kerala flood victims amid shopping and festivity

Eid is not just a festival but a God given opportunity to shun differences and attempt to re-establish all lost connections.

Every Eid brings festivity and joy with strong message of love, compassion and brotherhood but Eid al-Adha, the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year specially brought the mood of sacrifice and donation.

On the day of celebration of Eid, Muslims offer gifts to those in need and celebrate it with great affection and joy. This is a commitment to make others happy and fulfil the desires of needy.

The festival holds even more significance in the era of globalisation, where family members and even neighbours don’t frequently interact. People rarely speak to each other and as the world has become increasingly connected through the domain of technology, the human disengagement has proportionately increased. Eid is the festival where people shun their differences and hug each other. The families and relatives spent time together, which is rare these days.

Like other parts of state, the winter capital Jammu was also painted in festive mood for Eid. The venues like Eidgah and Jamia Masjid where Muslims get together in hundreds or thousands to offer prayers were decked-up to welcome namazis.

Eid al-Adha is also called the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’. This Eid honours the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, God provided a ram to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours; and the remaining third is retained by the family.

To celebrate this ‘festival of sacrifice’ people in Jammu queued-up in animal markets to choose sacrificial animals of their choice.

For buyers special markets for sacrificial animals were setup in various parts of city, particularly in Muslim dominated areas, where large number of people especially men and children visited in search of sacrificial animal of their choice.

To attract the buyers, the cattle traders also decorated the sacrificial animals with henna and artificial ornaments.

The stock for sacrifice comprises goats, sheep but Turkish origin- dumba—the fat-tailed sheep, became hot sale of the season with maximum visitors and highest price tag in the markets of Jammu.

In Gujjar Nagar market, two-year old dumba was highest priced sacrificial animal. As per Shakeel Ahmed, a cattle trader, who brought dumba breed animals from Rajasthan, the highest price of his 151 kg dumba was Rs 2.60 lakh while another 20-month-old sold at Rs 2.20 lakh.

Shakeel set up special market in Gujjar Nagar of Jammu and seemed very overwhelmed with the response to dumba breed of sheep.

“I brought 15 of them only and two days before Eid all were sold out,” Ahmed said. He informed that average weight of year old dumba is around 150 kg and those weighing above 200 kg are priced as high as Rs 3 lakh in the city.

He also said that as per Islamic history, the four-legged creature in the supreme sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was a dumba and there is an interest among the devotees to offer the original thing, hence this rush for the 150-plus kg sheep.

The sacrificial animals reaching the markets had colourful accessories around their necks and horns.

“Weight is not the only parameter, people judge the sacrificial animal with different other specifications,” Riyaz another meat trader at Bathandi market said.

“I had bought a pair of sheep for Rs 70,000 last year, but this year I am demanding Rs 1.30 lakh for the same pair and buyers are eager to pay.”

“Choosing sacrificial animals is daunting task; I am looking for a clean and affordable sheep from two days. The sacrificial animals should have all teeth and hooves, no wound marks, clean and healthy, only then it would be accepted,” said Murtaza Ali Mir, a resident of Bathandi.

Meanwhile, people also thronged to markets to make Eid shopping. Markets in Muslim dominated areas of Jammu city and other towns of the province wore a festive look, as shoppers, especially women were seen busy in shopping in the decorated market places.

Shops and roadside vendors across the city selling readymade clothes, imitation jewellery, accessories, home decoration, etc. saw customers in large numbers.

Among female shoppers in the old city markets, young girls queued-up at stalls to get henna applied to their hands.

“This is one such market which is full of life ahead of every Eid. It fulfils all shopping requirements of a lady shopper. I have come here to buy imitation jewellery which is quite trendy yet affordable,” says Nazia, a shopper at Patel Bazar.

Roadside vendors who had put up their stalls at various places also saw brisk sales of utensils, affordable electronic gadgets and other goods.

This Eid, Muslims of Jammu also expressed solidarity with flood victims of Kerala, where over 300 persons were killed and thousands dislocated due to worst natural calamity.

People appealed each other to celebrate Eid with modesty and donate generously for rehabilitation and relief for fellow brothers in Kerala.

Expressing deep concern over the flood situation in Kerala, Chairman Wafa Foundation, Parvez Wafa Khan make a fervent  appeal to people in general and social organisations of J&K in particular for help by contribution to the chief minister’s relief fund of Kerala State.

Wafa said that Kerala has been hit by one of the worst floods affecting hundreds of villages causing extensive damage to thousands of people, livestock, water supply, livelihood, telecommunications and road accessibility hampering relief and rescue operations.

He said that there is an urgent need to help fellow citizens of this worst affected state at this hour of distress and agony.