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June 14, 2024

Salah: Affordable, acceptable alternatives to ram, as cost spikes in last minute rush

Salah: Affordable, acceptable alternatives to ram, as cost spikes in last minute rush

By Miftaudeen Raji

In these challenging times of economic hardship, it is vital for the Muslim community to come together with patience, unity, and hope in the spirit of Eid-Adha Salah celebration.

The financial strain faced by many has made it difficult for some families to meet the traditional expectations associated with Eid-Adha, particularly the act of slaughtering a ram.

However, it is essential to remember that the spirit of Eid-Adha is not diminished by the absence of material wealth or ram. This Salah is an opportunity to celebrate faith, family, and the spirit of sacrifice, regardless of financial capacity.

The essence of Eid-Adha lies in the values of sacrifice, obedience, and charity. It is not the size or value of the sacrificial animal that matters, but the sincerity and intention behind the act. Allah looks at our hearts and our intentions, not our possessions. Therefore, it is crucial to approach this Salah occasion with a spirit of gratitude and humility, regardless of one’s financial situation.

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Other affordable alternatives to ram:

For many, the tradition of slaughtering a ram during Eid-Adha may seem financially burdensome. However, it is important to know that Islam provides flexibility in these matters.

The act of sacrificing a ram is not obligatory if one does not have the means. There are several permissible alternatives that can still fulfill the requirements of Islam:


For those who can afford it, sacrificing a camel is considered highly rewarding. A single camel can suffice for up to seven people.


Similar to a camel, a cow can also be shared among seven people, making it a practical and acceptable option for larger families or groups.


If a ram is not affordable, a goat can also be sacrificed for Salah. This option can be more accessible for smaller families or individuals.


Sheep are also acceptable alternatives in certain regions.

By understanding and utilizing these alternatives, families can still participate in the act of sacrifice without undue financial strain.

It is the intention and effort that count, and Allah is ever-merciful and understanding of our circumstances.

Maintaining calm and unity

Economic hardships can often lead to frustration and despair. It is during these times that the teachings of Islam become even more relevant and comforting.

Here are some ways to maintain calm and unity during these challenging times:

Faith and Patience:

Rely on your faith to provide strength and solace. Remember the Quranic verse: “Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease” (Quran 94:6). Patience (Sabr) is a virtue highly regarded in Islam, and trusting in Allah’s plan can bring peace to troubled hearts.

Community Support:

Lean on your community for support. Islamic tradition emphasizes the importance of Ummah (community). Sharing resources, helping those in need, and coming together in prayer can strengthen bonds and provide mutual support.

Charity (Sadaqah):

Engage in acts of charity. Even if you are experiencing financial difficulties, small acts of kindness and charity can make a significant impact. Charity is not only about giving money; it can also be in the form of time, effort, or even a kind word.

Celebrating with family and friends

This Salah season is a time for joyous celebration, and the absence of a ram should not dampen the festive spirit. Here are some ways to celebrate meaningfully with your loved ones:

Gathering for Prayer: Participate in the communal Eid prayer, which is a cornerstone of the celebration. It brings the community together and fosters a sense of unity.

Sharing Meals:

Prepare and share meals with family and friends. The act of sharing food, even if simple, embodies the spirit of Salah.

Expressing Gratitude:

Take time to reflect on the blessings in your life and express gratitude. Gratitude can foster a positive outlook and enhance the joy of the celebration.

Connecting with loved ones:

Spend quality time with family and friends. Engage in activities that bring joy and strengthen your bonds, such as storytelling, playing games, or simply enjoying each other’s company.

As we navigate through these economic challenges, it is important to uphold the true spirit of Eid-Adha—sacrifice, gratitude, and community.

By focusing on the values of our faith, we can find solace and strength in difficult times. Remember, the act of sacrifice during Salah is not solely about the material aspect but about the intention and devotion behind it.

Celebrate with your loved ones, embrace the alternatives provided by Islam, and maintain unity and calm. Together, we can overcome these hardships and emerge stronger in our faith and community.