Army collects toll from sacrifice animal of forthcoming religious festival in Maungdaw

Burmese army has been collecting tolls from the sacrifice animal of forthcoming religious festival or traders of Rohingya since September 19, Jalal Sha, a trader from Aley Than Kyaw said. Burmese army collects Kyat 2,000 per head that bring animal to sell in the cattle market of Aley Than Kyaw, he said.

Mostly cattle are being brought to Aley Than Kyaw from southern villages— Kyauk Pun Du (Shitapurika), Myint Hlut(May Rulla), Gawyahkhali, Oo daung and others, said Hamid, a villager from Myint Hlut.

The Burmese army from Aley Than Kyaw Battalion have set-up temporarily out-posts— at Gorakahli, Udaung and Khonzabil villages on  Aley than Kyaw-Ah Ngu Maw high way to collect tolls from the cattle, according to cattle  traders.

When asked a cattle a trade, Ahmed, “I sold a cow in the market yesterday and got some profits, but deducting the tolls, I have nothings.”

Another cattle trader, Lattif said, “every cattle seller and trader have to pay money to the concerned authorities and give sale tax for the cattle market. So, traders get less profit.”

Sacrifice, commonly known as Qurbani, means slaughter of an animal in the name of Allah on the 10th, 11th or 12th of the Islamic month of Zil Hijjah. All the permissible (halal) domesticated or reared quadrupeds can be offered for Qurbani. Generally, slaughter of goats, sheep, rams, cows, and camels is offered. It is permissible for seven persons to share the sacrifice of a cow or a camel on the condition that no one’s share is less than one seventh and their intention is to offer Qurbani. Sacrifice of goat or sheep less than one year old (unless the sheep is so strong and fat that it looks to be a full one year old) is not in order. Cow should be at least two years old. Camels should not be less than five years old.

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