ATMs ease sacrificial ritual

ATMs ease sacrificial ritual

A bank in Indonesia has teamed up with a local newspaper and television station to enable Muslims to use ATMs to purchase animals for slaughter on Eid al-Adha, the Islamic day of sacrifice, according to a report by the BBC.

During Eid al-Adha every Muslim who is rich enough is expected to donate an animal to be slaughtered, with the meat donated to the poor.

Instead of sourcing animals direct from local markets and farms, as is traditional, Muslims in Indonesia can now purchase an animal to be slaughtered using an ATM.

The BBC report says that so far almost 4000 goats have been sold this way at a cost of about $70 each. But a sacrificial cow costs more than $500.

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