Known as the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, Eid Al Adha is one of two festivals for Muslims and is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hajj. During the celebration of Eid Al Adha, Muslims slaughter an animal such as a camel, sheep or goat following Abraham's trials. This year, the first day of Eid Al Adha corresponds to August 11 (Sunday) in Qatar. So if you are planning to sacrifice an animal in Qatar, here are some important things you should know.
The sacrificial animals are sold through Widam Food Company at a number of locations in Qatar. One of the most popular destinations is the central market, you can also find animals at other Widam slaughterhouses in Al Shamal, Al Khor, Al Mazrouah, Umm Salal, Al Shahaniya, and Al Wakra. They have also home delivery services.
There are some certain conditions of the animal that you should keep in mind while buying the sacrifice. The animals should look healthy and free of disease, including the following conditions:
The cost of the animal depends on different factors, for example, its weight, country of origin, etc. The Qatari government has also adopted the subsidised sheep price initiative in an effort to encourage local sheep production and regulate the cost of sheep during Eid Al Adha. The move is part of the joint national initiative to promote subsidised prices of sheep meat. However, we have listed below prices of some animals as per the WIDAM rates.
Australian cow - QR 5500
Australian lamb - QR 430
Syrian lamb - QR 1250
Arabic lamb - QR 1200
A number of people in Qatar prefer to slaughter their sheep at homes ignoring the safety of meat. The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has advised people not to get their animals slaughtered at home to ensure the safety of meat. It should be carried out in licensed abattoirs they have veterinary doctors to check animals.
The abattoirs in Qatar ensure safety and hygiene, veterinary examination before and after slaughter to prevent contamination of carcasses. They also provide qualified and approved butchers, who are expert to carry out this practice in the abattoirs, in addition to the provision of proper disposal of remnants of slaughter (blood, skins and non-edible offal). So you should sacrifice the animal at any licensed slaughterhouse. Usually, abattoirs are situated at the same place where animals are available for sale. For the slaughterhouse locations, click HERE.
Yes! You have to pay a certain amount as slaughter fee and it depends on the type of animal you are sacrificing. For example, slaughter fee for a sheep is QR 16 and it is QR 40 for a cow.
It is important to store and prepare meat safely to stop the bacteria from spreading. Follow the below tips on storing meat to prevent food poisoning.
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