Do you know about the distinctive custom of communal qurbani that is held Hunza valley? The much renowned Hunza valley, enveloped in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain range, carries out its own unique tradition on the occasion of Eid ul Azha.
Like Muslims all around the world celebrate the day with great religious gusto, Muslims of Hunza also celebrate it with a slightly different tradition. The locals of the valley render the true essence of Eid ul Azha with its yearly tradition of communal qurbani.
Needless to say, Hunza is a beautiful valley situated in the midst of the Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain range. What’s even more beautiful about it, is the Abrahamic tradition it follows on the feast of sacrifice.
Hunza’s remarkable custom of communal qurbani
As a part of an historic custom, all sacrificial animals are slaughtered at a community centre. Moreover, the meat is then divided among the many native inhabitants. It has the unique custom of distributing an equal share of the meat to all households. This means that everybody gets a share regardless of whether or not they bought a sacrificial animal.
In addition to this, the owners of the animals remain anonymous as a part of the tradition. The animals are slaughtered in the garden of the community centre where volunteers supervised the process.
The locals who have their own animals offer them for qurbani. However, their names are kept secret. Since the majority of the local population cannot afford animals for qurbani, the locals follow this process. Regardless of no contribution, everybody is provided with an ensured equal share of meat.
People who decide to volunteer are the ones who are divided into different groups and assigned with areas for the door-to-door distribution of sacrificial meat.
Inspiring, isn’t it?
The people of Hunza are surely onto something big. Without a doubt, we do see people in the other parts of the world dividing their meat into some portions. However, nothing is as organized as this.
We do not come across such a community every day. Hunza has definitely set out a brilliant example for all the Muslims around the world. Hunza’s community goes out of its way to make sure nobody goes hungry on one of the most special days of the year.
Moreover, it turns out that this custom has also been gaining popularity in other areas of Gilgit Baltistan. Whereas people in Hunza have been following this tradition of qurbani since centuries.
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