Technology aiding in animal slaughter

Without making a religious statement, I would like to point readers to this article: Haj pilgrims can now buy animals through Internet.

The real killer in the implementation of being able to “buy animals for slaugher on the Internet”, is this:

The bank would send an email or SMS messages to pilgrims who have purchased coupons confirming that the slaughter of their animal has been carried out.

But there is a obviously a reason for this e-commerce model. And for the bank running this (the Islamic Development Bank): “This will enable the IDB to build up a central data base that will help in planning for the best utilisation of slaughterhouses,” bank President Dr Ahmed Mohammad Ali has said.

The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) further reports:

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) After Eid greetings and marriages through the Internet, Pakistanis can now turn to websites for Qurbani – the sacrifice of animals on Eid-ul-Azha.

Several websites have on offer traditional sacrificial animals – goat, sheep, camel and cow – and the billing is done through credit card. Customers can either donate the animal directly to the poor or take home the meat from the trust office, the Daily Times reported.

‘The online booking is for people who are busy and do not have enough time to visit offices or markets,’ said Shakeel Dehlawi, public relations director of the Karachi-based Alamgir Welfare Trust International.

‘We started the service two years ago but few people were aware of it. Now we have a good response from Internet users.’

Sahara, the life trust of singer Abrarul Haq, also sells animals online. US-based group Islamicity and Life for Relief and Development offer this service to Muslims around the world.

And the Ulema have approved of the practice.

‘I see no problem in it, even if the payment is through credit cards,’ said Mufti Sarfraz Naeemi, head of Jamia Naeemia.

‘But it is important the credit card user pay the qurbani amount instantly so he saves himself from interest,’ he added.

Interesting times we live in, surely!

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