The first day of Eid Al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) falls on Friday, Sept. 1 this year. Muslims traditionally slaughter an animal — usually a sheep, goat or cow — or pay to have one killed during the annual religious holiday to mark the sacrifice to God made by the Prophet Abraham.
This meat is then shared with family and friends and those in need.
Most government employees in Qatar will be off from Aug. 31 and will return to work on Sept. 10, the same day most schools also start their new terms.
Meanwhile, private sector employees usually get about three working days off, though this varies depending on the employer.
Many residents travel abroad for Eid, but thousands will be staying here and can enjoy a broad range of activities across the country in the coming week.
Eid Al Adha
Eid Al Adha also called “The Feast of Sacrifice” or “The Greater Eid”, is Islam’s holiest festival.
Although it is not obligatory on all Muslims, most offer a sacrifice to gain the pleasure of Allah the Almighty on the occasion of Eid Al Adha. Families and friends don their best clothes and visit each other and exchange food or gifts.
Eid Al Adha is also a significant time for charity. To those who can afford it, it is recommended to make an effort to reach out to those who are less fortunate. Eid Al-Adha
As you celebrate the blessed occasion this year, be sure to follow the Ministry of Public Health’s guidelines regarding the number of individuals at gatherings and maintaining social distancing.
As Qatar moved into Phase 3 on July 28, additional mosques have been opened to worshippers, with all preventive and precautionary measures in place.
According to an announcement by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs on its Twitter page, worshippers can offer Eid prayers at certain mosques. This list of over 400 mosques is available here.
Eid prayers are usually performed 15 minutes after sunrise. Eid Al-Adha
Where to buy an animal in Qatar
The sacrificial animals are sold through Widam Food Company at a number of locations in Qatar. One of the most popular destinations is the central market, you can also find animals at other Widam slaughterhouses in Al Shamal, Al Khor, Al Mazrouah, Umm Salal, Al Shahaniya, and Al Wakra. They have also home delivery services.
To Sacrifice an Animal in ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, Eid Al Adha the animal should have the following conditions
There are some certain conditions of the animal that you should keep in mind while buying the sacrifice. The animals should look healthy and free of disease, including the following conditions:
- They must not be blind, one-eyed or have lost a third (or more) of their sight.
- They cannot be excessively thin or lean.
- They must not have a lame leg and be able to walk themselves to the site of the slaughter.
- They cannot be toothless, or missing over half their teeth.
- The head is raised to the top and not down, and the eyes are bright, not yellow or red.
- The animal has to be an adult from the categories of meat that Muslims are permitted to eat. The adult age is one year for a goat or a sheep, two years for a cow and five years for a camel. Eid Al-Adha
Cost of Animal for Sacrifice in Qatar
The cost of the animal depends on different factors, for example, its weight, country of origin, etc. The Qatari government has also adopted the subsidised sheep price initiative in an effort to encourage local sheep production and regulate the cost of sheep during Eid Al Adha. The move is part of the joint national initiative to promote subsidised prices of sheep meat. However, we have listed below prices of some animals as per the WIDAM rates.
Australian cow – QR 5500
Australian lamb – QR 430
Syrian lamb – QR 1250
Arabic lamb – QR 1200
Can I slaughter at my home?
A number of people in Qatar prefer to slaughter their sheep at homes ignoring the safety of meat. The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has advised people not to get their animals slaughtered at home to ensure the safety of meat. It should be carried out in licensed abattoirs they have veterinary doctors to check animals.
So where can I slaughter?
The abattoirs in Qatar ensure safety and hygiene, veterinary examination before and after slaughter to prevent contamination of carcasses. They also provide qualified and approved butchers, who are expert to carry out this practice in the abattoirs, in addition to the provision of proper disposal of remnants of slaughter (blood, skins and non-edible offal). So you should sacrifice the animal at any licensed slaughterhouse. Usually, abattoirs are situated at the same place where animals are available for sale. For the slaughterhouse locations, click HERE.
Is there any slaughter fee?
Yes! You have to pay a certain amount as slaughter fee and it depends on the type of animal you are sacrificing. For example, slaughter fee for a sheep is QR 16 and it is QR 40 for a cow.
Important information about storing meat in Qatar
It is important to store and prepare meat safely to stop the bacteria from spreading. Follow the below tips on storing meat to prevent food poisoning.
- As it’s summertime, so the meat can quickly spoil. You can use tailor-made iceboxes for keeping meat to avoid it going bad due to heat exposure during the transit process
- Store raw meat in clean sealed containers on the bottom shelf of the fridge, so the meat can’t touch or drip onto other food.
- If you cook meat that you’re not going to eat straight away, cool it as quickly as possible and then put it in the fridge or freezer – remember to keep cooked meat separate from raw meat.
- Always thoroughly clean plates, utensils, surfaces and hands after they have touched raw or thawing meat to stop bacteria from spreading.
- Uncured, raw meat generally lasts safely for around three days in the refrigerator. If you plan to keep uncooked meat longer, freezing it is your best bet. Seal the meat in an airtight package before freezing.
Planning to offer a sacrifice this Eid in Qatar? Then this is what you should know – Eid Al-Adha
#- Slaughtering an animal at one’s own home, garden or backyard is strictly prohibited in Qatar.
This specially took effect when Australia, the world’s largest livestock exporter signed a deal with Qatar and two other Middle eastern countries against slaughtering animals at homes.
As a result of this, observers were placed to make sure that sheep and such animals were not bought for house slaughter.
#- There are some slaughter houses in Qatar that would do the deed for you. For instance, Widam’s (formerly known as Mawashi) slaughter houses are government owned and can be seen in various places around the country.
#- If you are going to go to a slaughter house, make sure you go quite early for, the slaughter houses will crowd up in no time.
#- You can even buy a ticket at the Qatar Charity kiosks in malls and super markets so that a goat or a sheep would be sacrificed for you.
#- If you’d like to choose your own animal for sacrifice, then the whole sale animal market in Abu Hamour would be the ideal place.
Do you know anything more about offering a sacrifice on the day of Eid in Qatar?
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