Man Charged after Animal Sacrifice

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Byline: David R. Kazak Daily Herald Staff Writer

A Bolingbrook man who in February sacrificed goats and sheep inside a rented Batavia barn for an Islamic ritual now must answer charges of animal cruelty.

Mohammad A. Chaudhry, 34, is charged with letting a young goat starve to death and failing to dispose of dead animal parts, including six sheep heads and two goat heads.

Chaudhry did not return calls seeking comment.

The charges, authorities said, stem from Chaudhry's participation in Eid-ul-Azha - a required ceremony also called the festival of sacrifice. Muslims perform the ceremony on the 10th, 11th, or 12th of February to coincide with the start of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

The festival is a remembrance of when Allah saved Ismail, the son of Ibrahim, from sacrifice by ordering the Angel Gabriel to replace him with a fat sheep. The tale is similar to the Bible story of Abraham and Isaac.

said that, in fact, the two stories are the same, only it was Ismail, not Isaac, Allah ordered sacrificed to test Ibrahim's loyalty.

Eid-ul-Azha is a reminder to all Muslims that everyone must be willing to sacrifice even that which is precious and dear if that's what God commands, said Abdul Hameed Dogar, director of the Villa Park-based Islamic Foundation.

Dogar said he was unfamiliar with the case against Chaudhry and wouldn't comment on it. He did say that he'd never before heard of animal cruelty charges being brought because of Eid-ul-Azha - which he called a "very common" practice - normally performed in a licensed slaughter house. …