Celebrating Eid Sustainably

Celebrating eid sustainably

Written by Aeesha McOseni

August 4, 2020

Celebrating Eid is one of the hallmarks of the Muslim faith. Eid is a time for celebration and joyful gathering, especially Eid Adha. Also known as Babban Salah in Hausa, it is the Eid of sacrificing animals.

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During Eid, a lot of resources are used and a lot of wastes are generated. Even though it is the holiday season, we shouldn’t take time off in protecting our environment.

Here are some sustainable, environmental-friendly and healthy ways to celebrate Eid;

1. Manage Water

The Prophet (PBUH) was recorded to have said, ‘do not waste water, even if you were at a running stream.’ We need to understand that the state of water resources is critical across the globe. Some major cities already experience a lack of water. As Muslims, managing the resources that Allah has placed at our disposal is loving Him.

2. Dispose of Animal Waste Accordingly

Slaughtering and dressing of the carcass of animals generate a considerable amount of waste. Blood, bones, hair, hoofs, etc. are some of the waste generated. Endeavor to dispose of them properly. Put them in the appropriate disposal bags to be carried by waste management authorities. Do not wash bones and other solid debris down the drainage, do not wash the blood and other fluids on the roads. Remember that the Prophet (PBUH) said, cleanliness is half of faith.

3. Reduce Plastic Waste

You can reduce plastic waste by opting for glass bottled drinks instead of plastics ones, they’re also cheaper. Single-use plastics pose a lot of threats to our ecosystem, our health, and our climate. Reducing plastic is eminent in the fight for the environment.

4. Reduce food wastage

Even though there is usually a surplus of food during Eid, remember to be considerate. Take only the ration you can comfortably finish, when you waste food, you waste every effort used in making it. Allah dislikes wastefulness. He states in the Quran: ‘Oh Children of Adam! Take your adornment to every Masjid, and eat and drink, but waste not by extravagance, certainly, He (Allah) likes not the wasteful. (Q7:31)

5. Use natural meat tenderizers

When celebrating Eid, Refrain from using harmful substances and drugs to tenderize meat. This is harmful to your health and the environment. Opt for natural tenderizers that are safe and healthy.

 List of natural meat tenderizers 

  • Unripe pawpaw
  • Pineapple juice
  • Citrus fruits e.g. lemon, orange, or lime juice.
  • Vinegar
  • Strong Black Tea

6. Share

Sharing is one of the ways to reduce waste, promote a healthy environment, and encouraged in Islam. The Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said: ‘He whose property exceeds his needs, let him support the one whose property does not, (meet his needs). And he whose food exceeds his needs, let him share it with those who do not have food.’

Even though it is the holiday, there’s no taking time off from protecting and preserving our environment. Every second and every action count. Have a beautiful Eid celebration.

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