Many Muslims see the topic of animal sacrifice as an integral part
of their faith. However, there are a number of reasons why Muslims might
consider alternative means of sacrifice and giving alms.
The articles and links below explore the issue of sacrifice and the
possibility, even the necessity, of non-animal alternatives. This has
already happened on several occasions, such as in Paris (see fatwa
articles below) during the 2001 Eid al-Adha and in Morocco during the
Sheikh Farid Wagdi
Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri writes in Animals in Islam (p. 117), that the well-known
Sheikh Farid Wagdi wrote, [T]here may come a day when Muslims
shall have to substitute the rite of animal sacrifice with other methods
of giving alms.