Towards an Eco-Friendly Eidul Adha

Eidul Adha, like other religious festivals, often has a major impact on the environmental resources. Extra food, drinks and clothing’s are made, used and consumed making a major environmental footprint. The celebrations and festivity are often extravagant and cause pollution. The day starts with the special prayers whereby men, women and children gather to offer prayers. The site of praying after the ritual is often plagued by litter, rubbish and waste scattered all over the place and even blowing in the air and migrating to nearby safe heavens for unaesthetic accumulations.

Muslims on Eidul Adha’s perform ‘sacrifice of animal’ as a rite to celebrate the sacrifice given by Prophet Ibrahim to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son Ismael. Many of the residents do the sacrifice at their houses and other communal sites, which often are not cleaned later on from blood, skin, left over fats, intestines limbs etc.

After sacrifice, special food and meat in different styles is prepared in houses which are visited by the relatives and neighbours. This cause great food wastage as number of dishes and quantity of food prepared is more than the number of visitors. This practice is repeated in breakfast, lavish snacks, sumptuous lunches and extravagant dinners during the festival days.

We need to understand that the Government makes huge efforts in planning, procuring animals, food stuff and other related items for local consumption. It includes meat, poultry, meat, vegetables, fruits, dairy products etc. Meat and poultry is lavishly eaten during the Eid holidays. The demand of meat (beef and mutton), chicken and related meat products increase to around 50% of the normal demand.

Over the period of years, the festivities are increasing with more buying of consumable items and eatables per head. Consumption of eatables has increased many folds and people have become more wasteful due to rise in income, living standards and affordability. But affordability does not mean that wastage should increase. While planning for Eidul Adha celebrations, it is now imperative that we need to think twice before buying, procuring any food items, clothing etc and taking environment into consideration.

Let us change our attitude towards festivity and wastage and celebrate the festival in the right spirit by purchasing limited number of clothes and dressings with minimum packaging, preparing planned meals based on the actual requirements and number of guests to be served, making small or limited servings to the guests to avoid wastage,  educating guests in avoiding left over’s and wasting food, serving drinks in small glasses, avoid using disposable cutlery, plates, napkins, tissues etc. and giving leftover food to the less privileged and poor people.

Let us strive to celebrate Eidul Adha in an eco-friendly way.

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About Rehan Ahmad

Rehan Ahmed is currently working as Head of Waste Disposal Unit at Supreme Council for Environment, Kingdom of Bahrain. He has over thirty four years of professional experience on projects related to waste management, recycling, reuse and recovery & environmental impacts assessments. Rehan has been instrumental in construction, development, operation and management of Hafira industrial landfill site and establishment of healthcare waste treatment facility in Bahrain.
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One Response to Towards an Eco-Friendly Eidul Adha

  1. Thank you brother Rehan for this nice article but I think brother Rehan the title should have been “Towards an Eco-Friendly Eidul Adha Practices” since the Eid itself has no negative environmental impacts but it is the environmentally unfriendly practices during the Eid that makes it look environmentally unfriendly and this is the issue. Because Islam in the only religion that cared significantly about the environment and wise and sustainable use of resources.

    I liked some articulation about such topic from Internet resources and for the sake of time as I have too many things to do, I am using such of those nice messages written by environmentally-concerned Muslims like you and myself. For example, Qur’an does not speak explicitly of the “environment” or of “conservation” as we understand those words today. Rather, the Qur’an illustrates the Islamic principles of conservation through descriptions of human behavior and of the relationships between humans among themselves and with the rest of creation. As a result, many Muslims may not be aware of the implications for conservation inherent within their own religion or realize that conservation of the environment is in fact a religious duty. Deliberate damage to the environment and its resources is a kind of corruption, which is forbidden in Islam. No wastage or over-consumption of resources is allowed in Islam. Everyone should consider the sustainable development of the earth by practicing wise utilization of resources and respecting the lives of other creatures. Every human is a steward of his surroundings and he should make all possible efforts to educate others and ensure that a safe environment is established not only for him/herself, but also for all living creatures now and in the future. (source: http://www.theislamicmonthly.com/islam-and-marine-conservation/)

    Another nice article I am referring to, which was written in this blog and I advice all to read was titled “Islam and Environment Protection”
    http://www.ecomena.org/islam-environment/

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