SHAFAQNA – New fees imposed by hajj committee of India for pilgrims udhiyah during hajj has been widely criticized by Muslim organizations, seeing them as contradicting with Islamic Shari`ah. “It is not the responsibility of the committee and sacrifice is not compulsory for every Haji,” General Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board(AIMPLB) Maulana Nizamuddin told PTI on Monday, May 18. “In such a situation charging advance fee is inappropriate and unjust,” he added.
Nizamuddin said the Hajj Committee decision to make traditional sacrifice during Haj compulsory is wrong.
He added that the committee should be entitled only to arrange transportation and other facilities, but offering ‘qurbani’ [udhiyah] was a personal matter of each pilgrim that must not be interfered with.
He said that if any pilgrim could not offer sacrifice due to financial constraints, he could fast for 10 days in return.
A similar opinion was expressed by state president of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Maulana Ashhad Rashidi.
The scholar said that advance fee from a pilgrim for sacrifice should not be made compulsory, as it interferes with his personal decision of either offering udhiyah or observing fasting.
He added that there were several forms of hajj and in one no sacrifice needed.
“In ‘Israad’ (form of haj), it is not compulsory to offer sacrifice,” Rashidi said.
Rashidi noted that the national president of Jamiat Maulana Arshad Madni has approached the Centre urging them to reconsider the move.
“If that does not happen Jamiat will take further step after discussion in its executive meeting,” he said.
Other scholars agreed on the absurdity of the decision.
“It is beyond understating that why the committee implemented such kind of compulsion,” head of world famous Islamic educational institution Shibli Academy Maulana Ishtiyaq Ahmad said.
“This is unnecessary interference in the rights of Hajis [pilgrims] and must be withdrawn immediately.”
Udhiyah or animal sacrifice, a ritual that reminds of the great act of sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel were willing to make for the sake of God.
A financially-able Muslim sacrifices a single sheep or goat or shares six others in sacrificing a camel or cow as an act of worship during the four-day `Eid Al-Adha.
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