4/11/11 Press Release
Eid al-Udhiyyah “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid” is an important religious event celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. It is a duty for Muslims commemorate this ultimate act of sacrifice every year during Eid Ul Udhiyyah.
This year Eid Ul Udhiyyah will be officially celebrated on Sunday 6th of November Across the UK, with this in mind Association of Non stun abattoirs (ANSA) have ISSUED Qurbani Guideline for all it’s members.
This weekend approximately 2million Qurbani’s will be done in the UK alone boosting the British economy by £200 million pounds during this festive period
Qurbani 2011 Guidelines for ANSA Abattoirs, has placed greater emphasis on the Time of the Qurbani and importance that the slaughterman must take part in the Eid salah(Eid Prayer) for the members Qurbani practice to be to be valid.
• Qurbani is only valid during three days of Dhul Hijjah, 10th, llth, and 12th. Qurbani cannot be performed on any other day of the year
• Although Qurbani is permissible on each of the three days, the first day (10th of Dhul Hijjah) is the most preferable and desired day
• Qurbani is not allowed before Eid Salah. On no account should any slaughtering be performed before the Eid salah. Any Qurbani done before Eid Salah will be invalid (UK time 8.30 am)
• To avoid confusion, misunderstanding and malpractice, abattoirs should clearly stamp or label all Qurbani animals, e.g. QURBANI 2011 and all muslim consumer must ask for this.
ANSA Chairman Mr Mohammed Akram Said “it’s for consumers and unsuspecting Muslim to be made aware of the criteria and it obligation both on abattoirs and donors (the consumers) so that the their Qurbani is not invalid and need to make people aware of the malpractice going on in some places and if that means naming and shaming people – then so be it”.
“It is believed that some abattoirs who cater for the European and UK halal market may have already started their slaughter process for Qurbani so that they can meet the increased demand”.
Mohammed Saleem spokes person for ANSA said “The Reason the HALAL industry has been in a mess is that some establishments have looked at this purely from economic point of view, rather then the religious reasons, hence the abuse of the word halal, which is a symbol of trust and transparency and all this things that are pure in Islam”.
“Recent independent and EBLEX report shows given the choice Muslim scholars and consumers prefer to consume non stun halal meat, proving once again that members of ANSA probably be the only abattoirs doing true Qurbani according to the Sunah of the Prophet (PBUH) “
ANSA only accepting 100% non stun abattoirs as members, there by removing any doubt as to where the supplies have come from, or how the animals have been slaughtered. Improved traceability, in every aspect from farm to fork, is the added value that makes ANSA members more acceptable to Muslims from all schools of thought.”