Live from Bakra Mandii

Post made originally on December 28, 2006. Re-published :)


This Sunday I made a trip to the “Mandi Maweshia” also known as Bakra Mandi that is being placed in H-11 this year – yes you are right the same ground where last year earthquake affectees were placed.

Bakra Mandi - A view

I don’t know if it’s large place that’s making the number of sacrificial animals lesser than every year or what … but I guess it’s enough to cater the needs of Islooittes.

Islamabad - Bakra mandi in H-11

Just step in the locality and a very familiar “Goaty smell” or as I normally say “the feeling of Bakriat” is what you’ll feel. Don’t worry move on. To be honest, this was the first time after so many years that I actually stepped inside the bakra mandi … face to face with all bakras and dunbas and gayays. So it was interesting too and incidentally I was the only girl in whole Bakra mandi at that time taking portraits of bakras aka goats and stylish “phedoos” aka sheep with utmost tries to stay as far as possible.

Few tips for newbie who may go out to look for animals just for fun with their parents, or maybe friends …. Few terms that are associated with Goats are:

Kheera: It’s the animal that is of 1.5 – 2 years old.

Donda: This animal is of 2+ age and usually have 4 teeth in front.

Choga: This is of around 4 years of age and is considered a bit older with not very good quality meat.

Please correct me if I’m wrong or any additions to this “knowledge-base”

The range of goats (sorry we didn’t asked for Bulls or camel :>) would go from 7K to 20+ for an average to a very good piece. Do take tips on your way to buying a sacrificial animal for differentiating between a healthy and sick animal … and do look thoroughly if the animal is hurt from somewhere.

Have a look at some portraits of Beauties I took …


It’s such a beautiful jauri of Goats … looking with all interest and the white one is even smiling for a picture.

I don't care

The owner of this goat demanded Rs. 18K and the goat seems to know it so it does not really care and eating is all what it wants.

Just a note: Somehow I don’t like using It for such beautiful animals … so don’t correct my He’s and she’s ;-)

Cutoo Sheepy

She looks sleepy … oh how much I wanted to go near it and cuddle it … lolz …!


And Masha’ Allah, isn’t he cute … a sheer beauty … all ready for heavens …!

Camels are here too

Camel camel

OK – since I saw that banner somewhere for a share in sacrifice of camel – I wanted to have a look at this animal in Goat market … and here they are … I took this from a distance as somehow It appeared they were looking at me and the camel in second picture even took few steps further that’s why second shot I took in a bit hurry …!


Yup I’m in love with sheep since my childhood … so another view of them … oh yeah if you are buying a sheep aka Dunba this year and specially chakki waala dunba … please take are of your animal – since someone was telling me that people used to cut the chakkis from live animals …. How painful … eeeeeh … !

It's our Eid - we need to dress up too

Last but not the least – It’s the animals who are kind of Eid ul Adh’aa’s kings and queens so they need a bit of decor too … so here are the right things to serve the purpose ….!

So this was me Live from bakra mandi – here I sign off – with full hopes that Allah swt accept your sacrifices done by following Sunnat e Ibraheemi … and reward you the best – all His mercies and blessings be upon all Muslims and the world overall. Ameen.

Have a nice Eid … !

17 Comments so far

  1. shuni (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    U know the best things i liked is “all ready for heavens …!”

  2. shuni (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    Oh i just felt they are all saying me Happy bday :)

  3. MU (unregistered) on December 28th, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

    Excellent coverage. Almost as if I visited there myself. Except the feeling of Bakriat.

  4. Nosheen (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 10:46 am

    Great Coverage .little more detail of prices would have helped me in allocating the budget for bakra.but i guess bakra around Rs. 7000 will be fine .
    i wish if i can negotiate to Rs.6000. Any tips for that.

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  5. Nosheen (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

    Eid mubarak to all of you .Have alovely Eid full of joy happiness and passion ;P

  6. True Life (unregistered) on January 1st, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

    As Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

    Eid Mubarak from me, too. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala accept this years sacrifices and especially those of the Hajjis taking a journey of a lifetime.

    Was Salam

  7. sceptic on December 8th, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

    I don’t know what to say when we "celebrate" the festival with the killings of millions of animals merely for ritualistic purpose this day and age.

  8. anwar on December 8th, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

    Kheera, Donda, and Choga – I certainly have new words in my vocabulary – but does this scale apply to all species? (with some adjustments of course). Also, Donda has four teeth in the front – does the number increase with Choga – Enjoyed the post. Thanks.

  9. kabirdas on December 8th, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

    @ asmamirza: " I was the only girl in whole Bakra mandi "

    You should have added to it: and was not discriminated against by any of these animals.
    I appreciate your brave effort for the sake of IMB.

  10. kabirdas on December 8th, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

    @ sceptic

    Repudiate this custom as I have been doing all my life. I don’t see any element of a sacrifice in this ritualistic sacrifice. It is more of a show off than antthing else. We have two meatless days through out the year and on one day we go berserk and kill millions of them. Mind you it is not even a part of Haj as such.

  11. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on December 8th, 2008 @ 11:57 pm

    I think i can fully understand what you felt while being the ‘only’ girl in the bakra mandi and that too the one taking pictures. *giggles* It was really brave of you. Keep it up. I loved the shots of the cutie pie animals. And in that ‘pair’ picture, i do agree with you that the white one is smiling.

    Note: Call it a custom or a ritual. Call it cruelty or routine. Slaughtering of animals on Eid ul Azha is the Sunnat e Ibrahimi that was followed by our prophet Mohammad (SAWW). Allah has also ordered us to do so. Therefore, this makes it doubly triply worthy of reverence. I feel honored to be able to imitate this Sunnah which is also Allah’s order. May Allah enable me and the rest to understand the true spirit of this act. May Allah also accept our offerings and reward us with His ‘Rehmat’ & ‘Fazal’. Ameen


  12. Eid Mubarak | Islamabad Metblogs (pingback) on December 9th, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

    […] If you have done qurbani please maintain a check in your surroundings. We neglect the needy unconsciously at time and keep on shuffling meat from one home to other. In present situation of country, it is not a difficult task to find families around who haven’t even tasted some mutton since months. There may be some security guards around on duty … probably a home-cooked plate of good meal they are looking forward to … at least today. Such people should be foremost in your list. May Allah reward you for the humblest of deeds with His abundant bounties. Probably in present day, in our part of the world …. the mass sacrifices done this day are to cater many mouths around us. A thought. […]

  13. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on December 9th, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

    Monaza,also see the dunba shaved off from mid in the pic where mr guy is sitting ;)

  14. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on December 9th, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

    Just noticed that! Can’t stop giggling! :-D


  15. sceptic on December 9th, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

    Kabirdas, absolutely. We cannot not justify the ritualistic killing of animals by any ethical standards of today. Religion, again, readily lends itself to provide ‘logic’ to the illogical. Like you, I have managed to stay away from this act and don’t want to see myself succumbing to it soon.

  16. aamirbutt on December 12th, 2008 @ 10:48 am

    Asma… want to correct you a little about classifications.

    Kheera…. An Animal which is not Donda yet (See Donda)

    Donda …. An animal which has TWO prominent lower front teeth. In case of Bakras/Dunbas/Sheeps, normally an animal reaches this stage at the age of 1 Year – 1.5 Years. And the Bulls reach this stage at around 2-2.5 years of age.

    Choga …. An animal which has FOUR prominent lower front teeth. This type of animal is normally considered a bit aged(Pakki umer ka :)). Bakras etc reach this stage at the age of normally 2-3 years and Bulls reach this stage at the age of normally 4 Years.

    There are further classifications for Bulls as well such as Chagga for a bull which is around 6 years of age but I have never heard such things about Bakras etc. Another term that their owners use is ‘Pakka Kheera’ which normally means that it will be Donda in next 2,3 months at most.

    The significance of these terms comes from that fact that Islam has given us certain directions about what type of animal should be sacrificed. A Jawan (grown-up) animal can be sacrificed only and that’s why most people look around for Dondas to be sure that what they are taking with them is Jawan enough.

  17. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on December 12th, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

    Woah … that was awesome :)

    Thanks Aamir bhai .. I’ll update the post too!

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