How the Bakras Got Lucky in Morocco


Now, I’ve always known about the pre-Eid livestock price hike. What I didn’t know was that there are goats out there that are actually being sold at prices as high as Rs. 100,000. And the fact has left me stunned. I still can’t get over it. Rs. 100,000 for a goat! My friends assure me though that these are ‘very special’ goats – super-bakras, so to speak – huge animals born and bred specifically for the purpose of being sacrificed on Eid-ul-Azha. I have never seen a super-bakra myself. But then I haven’t seen many things yet and the world surprises me quite frequently, so I’m sure these 100,000-rupee goats must really be something.

But forget the super-bakras – it’s the normal-sized goats that should concern most of us. According to this article in The News, prices for sacrificial animals in general have really gone up this year. The average goat costs more than Rs 10,000 and the average cow can set you back Rs. 40,000 or more. Most Pakistani families can’t afford to pay figures like those, and that’s sad because for most people, Bakra Eid is all about the bakra. Of course, it doesn’t have to be about the bakra at all if you can’t afford it – me, I’d prefer a butcher-free festival altogether, thank you very much. But I’m sure it means a lot to most people.

Anyway, so we were talking about this issue last night, when my grandfather mentioned an interesting bit of trivia. On at least one Eid-ul-Azha many years ago, the King of Morocco asked his people not to sacrifice any animals because there was a dearth of livestock in the country and the economy was a mess. Instead the King declared that he himself would offer two animals in sacrifice: one of his own, and one on behalf of all his people.

I thought that was a pretty nice thing to do. And it was also just as good of the Moroccan people to accept the gesture. =)

Here‘s an article about this year’s Eid-ul-Azha in Morocco.

2 Comments so far

  1. backpacker (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    The economies of poor countries, read the muslim ones are in a pathetic state precisely due to the fact that we have such “royal highnesses” as the “King of Morocco” planted on top of the poor people who are the sole authority on decision making, without any consultation. People of Morocco, and the rest of muslim junta will continue to suffer on eids etc. until we do away with these pedestals of power. I wish I could post here how the cultural influences, and lousy\ineffective statesmanship of such demigods is pushing these economies into the pit of destitution. Instead of paving the way forward to prosperity by “unity of command”, they are the prime source of pain and suffering. And then we blame the IMF and World Bank for everything, when we have wolves in a sheep clothing at home.

  2. Go Figure (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    I remember some while ago a big fatwa was issued by the grand mufti in Egypt. (Al-Azhar maybe?) His fatwa said that anyone who cant afford sheep, cow , camel or any of those expensive sacrifice animals can fulfill his religious duty by sacrificing a chicken! He created quite a stir and I read that people in Egypt followed it.

    DOnt know about it now as people too scared of bird flu and stuff…

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