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General News of Saturday, 2 July 2022


Muslims lament high cost of rams as the Eid-el-Kabir festival draws closer

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As the Eid-el-Kabir festival inches closer, Muslim faithful are grumbling over the high cost of rams.

Even though many of those who are used to slaughtering animals to commemorate the season are still hopeful of buying the sacrificial animal, some of them said their poor economic status amid rising inflation are threatening to mar this year’s celebration.

Eid-el-Kabir or Eid-el-Adha is celebrated annually by Muslims all over the world through the slaughtering of animals to honour Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his beloved son, Ishmael, as commanded by Allah. This year’s celebration is expected to hold on Saturday, July 9.

Sheep, goat, cow or camel are also allowed to be used for the sacrifice even though many people prefer to use ram because of the enormous reward it attracts from Allah.

Reports across the states indicated that the prices of rams have shot up to between 70 and 100 per cent in most parts of the country.