Sidi Ifni, Morocco - With the soaring prices of this year's sheep, many poor Moroccan families have decided not to buy the ram on Eid Al Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice.
Sidi Ifni, Morocco – With the soaring prices of this year’s sheep, many poor Moroccan families have decided not to buy the ram on Eid Al Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice.
According to Abderahim Amrane, sociology professor at Rabat University, forgoing purchase and slaughter of the ram on this religious celebration is attributed to the tight, financial condition of poor Moroccan families. Still, Moroccan society looks upon on this practice as a sign of rejecting the celebration, Amrane adds.
So long as the majority of Moroccans are financially insecure, the cost of buying a sheep is deemed a real burden, including other accessories Muslims need to fully celebrate the Feast, such as new clothes.
In the same vein, many poor families feel obliged to sell their private properties in order to buy a ram. Other poor families have no other choice but to resort to bank loans to afford the sheep.
According to the teachings of Islam, Muslims who can not afford to buy a sheep on this occasion must not burden themselves financially, and that doing without a sheep is no sin at all. Yet, what makes Moroccans and other Muslims obsessed with buying a sheep regardless of their financial difficulties is the eye our society has on those who have chosen to forgo the celebration.
In this respect, among the reasons why some Moroccans set up a Facebook page entitled “We are not celebrating Eid Al Adha”, is the social hypocrisy Muslims show to one another, particularly when they can not afford the celebration and go on to impress each other with the size of their sheep.
Making up a conservative society, Moroccans find it strange to see their fellows forgo the celebration. As regards the slaughtering practice, Amrane stresses that many Moroccans no longer observe the Feast of Sacrifice from a religious perspective, but rather from asocial perspective.
While thinking of forgoing the celebration, Moroccan Muslims evince their utter hesitation as whether to abide by the social conventions or by the religious teachings. The latter stipulate that Muslims who are unable to buy sheep must forgo it instead of resorting to loans.