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Published on 08 Aug 2013 | over 4 years ago

This video is about the Importance of Eid sacrifice in Islam, guidlines for selection of Qurbani, the experience a trader goes tru in conducting the business of the Prophets. The journey from Fatehpur, Rajasthan to Deonar Mandi, Mumbai.

Eid ul Adha is the Muslim festival and practice of slaughtering the best domestic animal in the name of Allah. In Urdu- and Hindi-speaking areas, the festival is also called Bakr Īd, because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat in South Asia.

20 days before the celebration of Eid ul Adha sets "One of the biggest livestock market in INDIA --(DEONAR Bakra Mandi )*2....that spreads in 70 acres of land in outskirts of Mumbai and have numerous Sheppard's, farmers, traders travelling 1000's of miles from all parts of India to sell their best animal to the Mumbai riches.

Hundreds of Thousands of people visit the livestock market year on year to buy the animal of their choice. Muslims go leaps and bounds to purchase the best Qurbani with some selling for as high as INR 500,000. The price for a few remain lucrative but for many is the hourly dynamics of demand and supply.

Guideline of animals for Qurbani
As per the interpretation of the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah of our beloved Prophet, there are clear guidelines on selection of Qurbani.

The animals must be free of any defect that diminishes the quality of their meat. For example, it is not valid to slaughter animals that are lame, blind, insane, or sick

The 'Eid sacrifice should be more than six months old if it is a sheep, for the goats, it should be at least one year old. The cow and buffaloes be two years old. But the camel should not be less than five years old".

The castrated animal is valid because the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) observed 'Eid sacrifice with two castrated rams.

Animals should be well fed and well looked after. Animals should not be kept waiting hungry. Islam also instructs to show kindness and good treatment to animals.

We now share Experience of the breeders, in this case us, Qureshi farm on our journey from Rajasthan to Deonar, Mumbai

Breeding and caring for goats for a year or two in hope for a fruitful sale and trilled with excitement we head out to Deonar Mandi, Mumbai. The Land of dreams. Having a indept study of rules mentioned on website and contacting local agents we happen to be amongst the first 50 trucks to enter deonar. The government figures of goats entering the deonar market every year remain below 300,000, however traders feel the number is much higher.
Every trader is charged with an "entry fee" per animal ranging from INR 30-INR 100 depending on duration, agent fee, sheppard fee etc)

"Dhaka" is the offloading point where the livestock are offloaded and stationed till the sale spot found or allocated.

Biggest problem is space! Even after you are the first one to have landed in Deonar and have procured your spot there are traders, agents who would claim ownership of the spot as they have been selling in the same spot for years or have local connect or good relation with the official or are just ready to pick on a fight. On lodging complains the officials turn blind eye towards the happenings of visitor.

The government official and unofficial fee total upto INR 2000/goat

Police, agents and other officials bother traders even in the facility with no or less water supply, no adequate space and breaking of all rules, livestock sold on pathways in front of your space allocated as they too have been breaking this rule for 30 years....

Adding to the problem...
Rain, Running open guttar around the facilitiy lead to major sickness in animals, villagers from other states pushed around for space. Advice: Arrive early, block spots in groups, beware of pick pocketers. feed is expensive- so bring your own feed.

In hope this video serves in awakening the importance of Eid, Guideline of animals for Qurbani and highlight the harassment a trader goes tru in conducting the business of the prophets.

Deonar Review 2012 - Deonar Mandi makes history in supply....over 400,000 goats accounted by sellers (althou govt figures remain low) Sales volume increase today at an over supplied Deonar Mandi makes history as the greatest fall in price in 25 years. Goats being sold for less than the ongoing mutton rates!

Akbar Khan Qureshi, owner Qureshi Farm www.qureshifarm.com shares his experience on starting and growing the goat farm.
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