The owner of a service station near Bhatta Chowk Mandi has put car washes on hold to provide ‘spa treatment’ for sacrificial animals ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival.

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Muslims traditionally slaughter animals such as sheep, goats, buffalo, cattle, and camels on Eid al-Adha, a sacred day to commemorate the mercy of Allah, who spared Prophet Ibrahim from having to kill his son, Ishmael. Muslims around the world gather on Eid al-Adha to sacrifice their livestock.

Ballay Khan, the owner of the spa service, told The Express Tribune that the unique offer for cleaning the sacrificial animals is helping vendors keep the animals clean and offering a moment of relaxation for the animals suffering in the heat. For Rs200 ($2.53), each sacrificial animal is given a bath and is brushed.

“Vendors bringing these sacrificial animals from far-flung areas to the cities struggle with keeping their livestock clean, as appearances matter a great deal to potential customers,” Khan told The Express Tribune.

The more appealing, healthier, and cleaner the livestock look, the easier it is for the vendors to sell their animals.

Muslim Rashtriya Manch, a Muslim group in Andwah, India, did not want to participate in the slaughter anymore and decided to do away with the goat sacrifice and celebrate a “blood-free Eid”.

Although this Muslim group’s decision may seem small in scale, it has the power to spread a great message. Raees Khan, one of the leaders of the ceremony, told Indian Express that the gesture was a message to society that this festival is capable of more compassion than it has exhibited in the past.

Co-leader, Hasan Kausar, seconded Khan’s thoughts saying, “Bakr-Eid can be celebrated also by cutting a cake just like people celebrate birth anniversaries. The Bakr-Eid festival spreads a message of humanity.” We hope that other groups who celebrate Eid will be inspired by this story of mercy and empathy and be encouraged to do the same at their festivals next year.

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