Due to the prevailing inflationary pressures, a significant proportion of the Pakistani population, approximately 63%, faced financial constraints, leaving them unable to fulfill their Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi obligations this year. The rising cost of living has put a strain on the finances of many households, making it difficult for them to participate fully in the traditional practices associated with Eid-ul-Adha.
A recently conducted survey by Gallup Pakistan shed light on the economic challenges faced by citizens during the festive season. It revealed that a staggering 76% of people refrained from purchasing new clothes for themselves or their families, reflecting the impact of soaring prices on consumer spending.
One of the most significant aspects of Eid-ul-Adha is the act of sacrificing animals as an offering to God and a symbol of sharing with those in need. However, the survey disclosed that a substantial 87% of respondents expressed discontent over the high cost of sacrificial animals. The inflated prices have made it difficult for a large segment of the population to perform the religious obligation of Qurbani in the traditional manner.
In the wake of the challenging economic situation, some individuals found creative alternatives to fulfill their religious duties while managing their financial constraints. The survey revealed that 31% of Pakistanis opted for participating in collective or social sacrifices, where multiple people contribute to the cost of a single animal, making it a more affordable and inclusive approach.
Furthermore, the survey highlighted that a notable 79% of respondents expressed dismay at the overall increase in expenses related to Eid-ul-Adha celebrations. Despite making earnest efforts to manage their finances, many families experienced an unwelcome burden on their budgets during this auspicious occasion.
The survey results serve as a reflection of the current economic realities in Pakistan, where inflationary pressures and rising costs of essential commodities have affected the ability of citizens to partake fully in religious and cultural traditions. As the country grapples with economic challenges, it is evident that measures are needed to alleviate the financial strain on households and ensure that everyone can participate in the joyous celebrations of Eid-ul-Adha without undue hardship.