Feast of the Sacrifice: 4 & 5 October
On 4 and 5 October, the Muslim community is celebrating the Feast of the Sacrifice. Contrary to the many years before, the commune of Anderlecht will not be arranging for a temporary slaughter place for private people on our site. As usual, we will do the slaughtering for our regular customers, i.e. the wholesalers, which means that we will work at full capacity of our slaughter line. Of course, you can always order a slaughtered sheep, goat, calve or cow at one of our butchers at the meat market. Take care to order in time. The opening-hours of the meat market are from Friday till Sunday, from 7 AM till 2 PM.
In order to avoid each and every misunderstanding we put things in a row once more: this year there will be no official temporary slaughter place on our site, as the commune of Anderlecht used to do in previous years. People registered in Anderlecht can opt for an alternative "procedure" set up by the commune at the occasion of the Feast of the Sacrifice. Click here to learn more about it, but again, this only concerns inhabitants of our commune).
So please do not show up with living animals at Abattoir's during the weekend of 4 & 5 October, because you will be refused access. The only exceptions made are for living animals that have been ordered at our wholesalers.
Of course, you can order fresh meat at Abattoir's, hallal meat too. Do you want to order a slaughtered sheep or cow? Then you should surely come to our meat market where you can find tens of butchers shops and meat grocers. Maybe some of them can get you to a carcass for the Feast of the Sacrifice, on reservation most of the time, of course. So you may have to order directly.
We wish the entire Muslim community a peaceful Feast.
Finally, we would like to bring to your attention that the police and people from the commune will be particularly vigilant at the illegal leaving behind of slaughter offal during this particular Feast weekend. Don't come and tell us you haven't been warned.
The Feast of the Sacrifice, what is it all about
The Feast of the Sacrifice, also called Ibrahim or Feast of the sheep, is the most important religious celebration by Muslims worldwide. It lasts for three days and starts at the 10th day of the 12th month on the Muslim calendar. The sacrifice brought by Ibrahim is celebrated. The Koran (also Quaran) tells about the story that he was about to offer his young first-born son Ishmael as an act of submission to Allah, before an angel stopped him and offered him to kill a sheep instead.
Every Muslim having the means for it, buys a sheep, a goat, a cow, an ox or a camel for slaughtering it on the first day of the Feast of the Sacrifice. This mostly happens in the village where the man was born. The meat is devided into three parts; one for the family, one for the neighbours and one for the poor.