Why do people share photos and videos of Eid sacrifices?
Six years ago, two photos went viral on Facebook around Eid-ul-Azha.
One showed a young man leaning against the bloody body of a sacrificed Eid cow, holding its legs and smiling. Another young man stood beside him.
The other showed three young men and two children standing on the body of a sacrificed cow.
The photos spread quickly after they were published in September 2016 and sparked debate, reports bdnews24.com.
While some people have tried to defend the photos, most have spoken out against them, saying they don’t want to see such scenes shared in the coming days of Eid.
But, every year around Eid-ul-Azha, social media sites fill up with photos and selfies with sacrificial Eid animals. The last of these series of photos is taken, of course, after having been massacred. Some people have even started sharing videos of the ritual or live streaming it.
As social media usage becomes more mainstream, some users have started scrolling animals while hanging garlands and signs with prizes on their necks.
Islamic leaders say Eid-ul-Azha should not be about exhibitionism or showing off.
“Photos and videos of sacrificial animals should only be shared out of necessity,” said Hafiz Maulana Ruhul Amin, khatib of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.
“A lot of people use these photos and videos in their business and there is nothing wrong with that. But if it’s done just to show off, it’s an absolute waste. Islam doesn’t allow it. not.
“The ritual is about sacrifice and not an exhibition. It is an act of worship. The sacrifice is made to please Allah,” he said.
Maulana Fareed Uddin Masud, Imam of Sholakia Eidgah and Chairman of the National Dani Madrasa Education Board, agrees that Eid sacrifice is not about publicity.
“Even if someone sacrifices an animal to eat meat, it will not be accepted by Allah, he said.”
Psychologists say the desire to post Eid sacrifices on social media is a “violent display of exhibitionism”.
Dr. Mohit Kamal, a specialist in psychiatry, says such manifestations could have a negative psychological impact on other people.
“In previous years, we’ve seen people sacrificing cows live on Facebook during Eid,” he said. “They share images of slaughtered animals and meat. Whether someone wants to sacrifice an animal or see it is a matter of personal preference. But bringing these images to social media and forcing others to see them is, in my opinion, not sanctioned by any religious or social point of view.
“There are a lot of non-Muslims in this social space and a lot of animal lovers who find it cruel. People can feel psychological trauma from it.
Dr. Mohit said publishing the prices of sacrificial animals can also pose problems.
“It has become common for people to brag about the size and price of the sacrificial cows they have purchased. They do not consider how this could lead to feelings of inferiority for their relatives and neighbors.
Tech experts believe the trend is a sign of the lack of “mental maturity” among social media users in the country.
“We often suffer because we don’t have the proper maturity to use social media properly,” said Sumon Ahmed Sabir, Strategy and Technical Director of [email protected], said. “We have to talk about these things. By using new technologies, we must avoid their negative impact and cultivate the positive.
“Those of us who use social media should keep in mind that people of different ages will have access to the content we upload. As such, we should be careful and avoid posting anything harmful or embarrassing to others Images of sacrifice do not appeal to everyone.
There is an “unhealthy culture” of people who brag about their sacrificial animals, Sabir said.
“There is no technological solution that will get us out of this. To solve this, we must instead improve our awareness of these issues.
Asked about the measures taken by the government on this issue, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mustafa Jabbar said: “Social media, especially Facebook, is monitored by the United States. We spoke to them. They promised to remove all horrible photos and videos on social media.
The minister, who is very active on social media, said:
“I think no horrifying images should be shared on social media. We get a lot of complaints about this.
The Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, is also pushing social media authorities to regulate such content.
“Every social communication platform has certain established standards, which we call community standards. The first principle is self-regulation.
But initiatives must also be taken to raise public awareness, he said.
“The initiatives that the Ministry of Information and the BTRC can take relate to raising awareness. Our ICT division plans to conduct awareness campaigns on digital literacy and other issues. We could try to educate people about the need to follow community standards through this program. »
When asked if legal action could be taken over the matter, the Minister of State said:
“There is no possibility of doing something like this from our side. It is entirely a matter of awareness. »