A report written by the Daily Mail describing Eid Al-Adha festivities held by Muslims last weekend sparked an online debate as it described sacrifices made by people who celebrated the religious holiday as "bloody."
Muslims slaughter cattle, camels and sheep in bloody sacrifice to celebrate Eid al-Adha https://t.co/BWQusCQbq4— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 1, 2020
The 'Religion of Peace' celebrates Eid Al-Adha by turning the streets red with the blood of countless beheaded animals in their barbaric sacrifice ritual. https://t.co/b8kmFJDIjk— John Brereton (@JohnABrereton) August 1, 2020
The report included several photos of Muslims slaughtering sheep, goats, and camels in different parts of the world along with photos of Muslims praying in mosques and explained the symbolism of the holiday in Muslim communities.
Yet, the report's emphasis on highlighting blood was perceived as "portraying the holiday in a negative light," particularly as it contained 13 different images with blood compared to one photo of the religious ritual of pilgrimage (Hajj) that takes place during the same time of the year.
Upon being posted on social media, the report prompted many mixed reactions urging many to describe the celebration as "barbaric" and "disgusting."
BARBARIC, it’s 2020, not 1020.— 🇬🇧Mytinyisland😷 (@Catchthewind7) August 2, 2020
satanic ritual,— almightySOSA (@DDDEOOOO) August 1, 2020
Meanwhile, other social media users questioned attitudes of the writer and commentators towards other, more accepted holidays in the west, where animals are feasted on as well, calling comments made by people against the holiday "Islamophobic and hypocrite."
Eid al Adha consists of animal slaughter cause they’re donated to the poor who can’t afford to eat meat. The halal way which is 10x more merciful than how your turkey ended up on your thanksgiving dinner & the cow on your burger etc. Stop trying to make Muslims look barbaric. https://t.co/hQYg6TkJup— رَهَف (@rahafnassif_) August 2, 2020
Americans slaughter 45M turkeys for Thanksgiving on a holiday to overeat, while Muslims slaughter goats/cattle on Eid al Adha to feed their neighbors and the poor.— Rämeen Awan 💫 (@AwanRameen) August 2, 2020
But you wouldn't hear that bit from the western media now would ya? https://t.co/xwUGKHnXwk
Unless you're a vegetarian or anyone that doesn't eat meat, you have no reason to complain.— Angry European (@Stupid_British) August 1, 2020
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