Bakrid – Goat sold for Rs 3.5 lakhs in Kondhwa

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Sumit Singh

Pune – A goat weighing 150 kg fetched Rs 3.5 lakhs in the special goat market for upcoming Bakrid, in Kausarbaug, Kondhwa. Bakrid is expected on August 23.

The market has been organised by Maharashtra Wakf Liberation and Protection Task Force -Udaan Mission-Education forum under the guidance of Mazhar Shaikh, Ejaz Shaikh and Saleem Mulla. The Kota breed goat has been bred in Pune since 2017 by goat consultants Safdar Shaikh Hussain and Mohammad Said Iliyasi from Nana Peth.

The proceeds of the earnings will be spent on pursuing wakf land litigation issues in the court and supporting educational needs of Muslim students especially girls. The intiative is the first of its kind in Pune City where the organisers who are all social workers felt that the commercialisation of goat selling during Bakrid must be put to optimum use for the benefit of the community by utilising the amount for uplifting of the poor and the needy.

The market currently has 2000 goats of more than sixty breeds where all the devouts visiting are contributing Rs 100 on the sale of each of the goat to the poor man’s development and wakf fund. Mazhar Shaikh, projector co-ordinator said that the intiative is aimed at empowerment of the community and helping the cause for wakf in Pune.

Bakrid or Eid al-Adha, also called the “Festival of Sacrifice”, is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a male goat to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: one third of the share is given to the poor and needy; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family.