How I See It

I'm amused by how different religious rituals are. For example, say during Easter celebrations, you get small eggs, maybe chocolate filled, hide them across a field and then have your children search the area for them. Maybe they want to paint on the eggs and pass them around to their friends. You also have that cute Easter Bunny, he's usually credited for the eggs being there, and is strongly associated with Easter to children.Children grow up loving that Easter Bunny and from there onwards they make sure it's a part of their child's mindset.

But what I love the most, is that during Eid il Adha, the fabulous sheep is its main image, and what a good job at establishing and maintaining that image (even though I don't find sheep to be even remotely 'cute'). But see I have a small problem with the sheep. It starts off with the father taking his child to the nearest farm, he talks to the friendly shepherd and is then taken to see the sheep. Plenty of sheep are available and the father happily asks his child to pick and choose his favorite sheep. The child browse through the sheep and picks his oh so favorite one. Tell his dad about that lovely sheep and then is taken inside and witnesses that sheep beheaded right before his eyes. The child is scarred for life and is no longer longing for that sheep pet.

So to recap, Easter Bunny made cut because he's loved by all children. Eid Sheep not advisable to make symbol of Eid.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: Happy Eid everyone!

3 Responses to “How I See It”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous


  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I could swear that in one of the Islamic Education books at some grade, there was a point clarifying that one of the purposes behind watching the sheep getting slaughtered is for Muslims to get used to the sight of blood, for that they're obliged to slaughter all infidels.  

  3. # Blogger omery15

    You serious? That's definitely not cool. And then they come talking about fundamentalism. What school did you go to?  

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