Residents of a small American city are now allowed to perform animal sacrifices within the comfort of their own homes, thanks to the decision made by the Hamtramck City Council, who voted 3-2 in favor of the practice as a religious ritual, as Fox News reveals.
Muslims slaughter animals as a religious practice during the holiday of Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice”. The most common animal that is slaughtered for this religious practice is a sheep or a goat. These animals are considered halal, meaning they are permissible to consume according to Islamic law. They are usually purchased from a halal butcher or farm and are taken care of for at least one month before the day of sacrifice.
The Council has only Muslim members
The Council, which is comprised of only Muslim members, initially voted to keep a ban in place in December. However, the matter was brought back to the table this month at the request of Muslim residents. Council Member Mohammed Hassan stated that individuals have the right to practice their religious beliefs, and this includes the tradition of sacrificing animals, particularly goats or sheep, during the holiday of Eid al-Adha. This decision marks a significant shift in the city’s stance on religious practices, allowing for a more diverse and inclusive community.
Hamtramck is a city in Wayne County, Michigan, located within the Detroit metropolitan area. It is the first city in the United States to have a Muslim-majority city council. Hamtramck has a diverse population, with large Polish, Bangladeshi, and Yugoslavian communities. The city has a rich cultural heritage, with several festivals and events throughout the year that celebrate the various communities that call Hamtramck home. The city also has a strong industrial history, with several factories and warehouses located within its borders.