One Hussain Nadim, a Sydney based PhD scholar with Pakistani origins, a few days back tweeted how this Bakri Eid, instead of sacrificing a goat, he has installed a water cooler outside his home in Lahore.
— Hussain Nadim (@HNadim87) August 16, 2018
He said installing the cooler cost him as much as sacrificing the goat would take. However, his good deed with good intentions didn’t really go down well with fundamentalists. While many people appreciated his gesture, other fundamentalists called him how not killing a goat as a sacrifice, despite doing something for humanity, would still be ‘gunaah’ (sin).
even if its an obligation, leaving it despite being financially viable will be gunnah.
its not something which you can pass & expect no gunnah in return.
— HMA (@MartianFC) August 17, 2018
Thats what i am thinking, i mean Sadiqa Jaria and Sunnat e Ibrahimi are compulsory for wealthy people. And both are dfrnt causes
— H.Jalal (@AksEAina) August 16, 2018
Some even had very useful suggestions on how he could’ve installed cooler next month after he sacrifices goat as ‘farz’ this month for Eid.
It is Farz..if u can afford u have to its a Must i stead of installing a cooler and do showbazi :-/ cooler next month install karwa lo.
— Durrani (@iamDurrani1) August 16, 2018
And of course, you don’t ‘bend’ the religion as per your convenience.
Very good but that does not relieve u from sacrifice which is Sunnah of the Prophet SAWW. U were not considered to sacrifice and eat d meat alone. This should be distributed among poor and relatives. we cant bend the religion as we wish, we have to bend ourselves as per religion
— Aqeel Ahmad (@Engineer_Aqeel) August 16, 2018
Of course, he was told not to confuse the ‘farz’ of sacrificing the animal and doing charity for the needy.
Eid up Azha is about sacrificing an animal, sadqaa is about helping the needy. If you can afford to sacrifice a goat then I’m sure, you can also afford to have a water cooler by your Sadqa money. It’s better to keep things simple rather than confusing people. https://t.co/qdkVW0SQa7
— Haroona (@Haroona_Gul) August 16, 2018
And people who themselves may not follow the advices they give are also the ones to dish them out liberally.
1-u can install it that’s great
2-u can still afford a goat sacrifice just like shopping
3-install it somewhere else like in areas with no clean water
4-& oh…if u’ll sacrifice goat,then poors can drink water and enjoy mutton https://t.co/R0AE7C7P2W
— Maria Adnan (@MariaAdnan99) August 17, 2018
And of course, how could you replace Islamic rituals with ‘humanity crap’?
Yaar kya ajeeb log ho tum. You can do such charitable work all year long but no… you gotta replace Islamic rituals with other piece of humanity crap.
Totally unimpressed. https://t.co/xmPvPme98D
— NoorUlAin_Annie (@AnnieNoorulain) August 16, 2018
So he wants to go against Islamic ‘FARAIZ’ because he cannot afford a goat and water cooler together.
If shit logic has a face! https://t.co/7qwb3CqIVj
— Haseeb Khanzada (@TheKhanzada) August 17, 2018
Hussain Nadim is a student at University of Sydney and has been involved with Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning Development Reforms.