Mumbai: Hazrat Moin Miya Ashraf, the spiritual leader of Muslims, has opposed the use of bullock carts in the Eid-e-Milad procession. Moin Miya, as he is known, said that use of animals in an inhuman manner is not allowed in Islam.
Eid-e-Milad will be celebrated globally on January 14 as the birthday of Prophet Mohammed. In the city, the procession begins from Khilafat House at Mazgaon, going from Byculla to Jacob Circle, Madanpura, Nagpada and ending near Haj House at Crawford Market.
“More than two lakh people, mostly youngsters, participate in the procession on trucks, jeeps, cars and bikes. Several vehicles carry huge loudspeakers,” said Moin Miya. “Some use bullock carts and we have reports that at times the animals are not fed regularly and are made to pull heavy loudspeakers. The Prophet loved animals. But in the procession, the animals are made to work for long hours and people hardly pay attention to their food and water. This practice should be stopped. We will not allow use of animals in the procession,” he told TOI. This procession first began in 1922 in Mumbai. A meeting regarding the Eid-e-Milad procession was held in Mumbai on Sunday and attended by over two dozen people representing various localities in the town.
Sarfaraz Aarzu, a trustee with the Khilafat House, said the animals should be taken care of and there should be proper arrangement for feeding them. As per law, an animal cannot be forced to work for more than two hours at a stretch. However, in this procession, animals walk carrying tones of loudspeakers and other equipment for more than five to six hours.
The Times of India, January 7, 2014