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Sallah: Why We Cannot Celebrate, by Muslims

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Eid-El-Kabir, also known as Sallah, is one of the most significant festivals in the Islamic calendar, celebrated with grandeur and joy by Muslims worldwide. In Nigeria, it is a time of family gatherings, communal prayers, and the ritual slaughtering of rams, symbol- ising Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah.>>>CONTINUE FULL READING HERE

However, this year’s celebrations have been markedly subdued across the country, as the soaring costs of rams and essential food items, particularly pepper, have cast a shadow over the festivities. Eid-El-Kabir, or the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah.

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In honour of this profound act of faith, Muslims slaughter livestock, usually rams, and share the meat with family, friends, and the less fortunate. This practice embodies the values of sacrifice, charity, and community, which are central to the Islamic faith. This year, the economic challenges facing Nigeria have made it difficult for many families to participate fully in the traditional Sallah celebrations.

The cost of living has been rising steadily, driven by inflation, currency devaluation, and various supply chain disruptions. As a result, the prices of rams and other essential commodities have soared to unprecedented levels.

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According to market reports, the price of a single ram has increased by nearly 50% compared to the previous year. This steep hike has placed a significant strain on household budgets, forcing many families to forgo or scale down their Sallah celebrations.

In cities like Lagos, Abuja, and Kano, where the demand for rams is traditionally high, many markets have reported lower sales as consumers struggle to afford the high prices. For many Nigerian Muslims, the inability to afford a ram has profoundly impacted the essence of Eid-El-Kabir. The sight of fami- lies gathering for the slaughter and sharing of meat is a cherished part of the celebration, fostering a sense of unity and communal support. However, this year, the absence of these rituals in many households has led to a muted and somber at- mosphere. Additionally, the cost of essential ingredients like pepper has also surged, compounding the challenges faced by families trying to prepare festive meals.

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Pepper, a staple in Nigerian cuisine, is crucial for the preparation of various Sallah dishes. The sharp increase in its price has made it difficult for many to enjoy the traditional feasts that are synonymous with the holiday. Community leaders and religious organisations have also encouraged the spirit of sharing and solidarity, urging those who can afford to help their neighbors. In many neighbourhoods, collective purchases and shared sacrifices have become a practical way to ensure that the traditions of Eid-ElKabir are upheld, even in challenging times.

Muslims lament high cost of ram, rice, pepper

There is passionate expression of grief across the country over the high cost of rice and pepper as Muslims are longing to celebrate this year Sallah in hunger sparked by poverty. It was learnt that the price of rice has gone up to between N78, 000 and N84,000 per 50kg bag. Also, the price of pepper is currently beyond the reach of the poor as one kilogramme, which cost between N500 and N600 last month, now cost between N800 and N1,000, According to Mrs Halimat Salau, a 50-kilogramme bag of ‘tatase’ (big pepper) was N35,000 in the early morning market at Oke Odo, Lagos on Thursday, saying that 50 kilogrammes red pepper has gone up to N27,500. She said that her intention was to divide the pepper among three other buyers, adding that she had no option than to back up from the negotiation as the seller was rigid with the price.>>>CONTINUE FULL READING HERE

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