File Photo: A view of a cattle market in Al Manashi village, ahead of the Muslim festival of sacrifice Eid al-Adha, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt July 23, 2020. REUTERS
A number of Egyptian churches said they will purchase sacrificial sukuk ("Islamic bonds") offered on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha by the Ministry of Waqf (religious endowments), a statement read on Saturday.
The move comes on the heels of a religious edict issued by Dar Al-Ifta allowing non-Muslims to buy sacrificial sukuk in the form of cows and camels.
Eid Al-Adha, which according to astronomical calculations will fall on 20 July, is marked by the traditional sacrifice of livestock.
During Eid Al-Adha, which is one of the two major annual Islamic feasts, Muslims slaughter cows, sheep, or goats for family meals and to donate to the poor, marking Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God's command.
“Seven people may participate in the sacrifice if it is a cow or a camel,” Dar Al-Ifta said, “even if the participants include a non-Muslim."
In its edict, Dar Al-Ifta said the sacrifice is a good Sunna, and the scholars differed as to whether it is obligatory or desirable for them.