Financial Burden on Men’s Mental Health during Eid-ul-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha, celebrated with great spirit among Muslims, has just passed, leaving behind happy memories and moments of togetherness. In Pakistan, this religious event brings with it the joy of sacrifice, unity, and sharing. However, for many men, it also leaves…

June 14, 2024

Eid-ul-Adha, celebrated with great spirit among Muslims, has just passed, leaving behind happy memories and moments of togetherness. In Pakistan, this religious event brings with it the joy of sacrifice, unity, and sharing. However, for many men, it also leaves behind a significant financial burden that impacts their mental health, a topic that needs more attention and understanding. Savaira is here to highlight the issues faced by men in our community. To learn more, keep reading.

Eid-ul-Adha is a festival of sacrifice celebrated to honour the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Muslims around the world perform the ritual of Qurbani, or animal sacrifice, and pay their obligations by giving and sharing with the less fortunate.

In Pakistan, this event is deeply rooted, and men are typically responsible for fulfilling this religious duty, including the substantial cost of sacrificial animals, which often increase in price in the days leading up to Eid. For many families, this expense represents a significant financial strain.

The obligations of this holy month of Dhul Hajj and Eid ul Adha often fall upon men, creating another silent struggle for them. In our society, men, as the primary breadwinners, bear the brunt of these financial responsibilities. They strive, sometimes stretching their finances to the breaking point, to meet societal and familial expectations. This can lead to feelings of insufficiency and helplessness, causing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

The financial burden is not limited to the purchase of the sacrificial animal. There are additional expenses related to butchering, meat preparation and distribution, hosting family gatherings, and fulfilling charitable obligations. In a country where many live on modest incomes and inflation rates rise rapidly on a daily basis, these obligations can quickly add up, leading to increased stress and anxiety. This situation amplifies not only financial stress but also emotional strain, making the burden even more difficult to bear.

According to the Express Tribune, millions of Pakistanis are struggling financially and unable to celebrate Eid or perform the traditional sacrifice due to the rise in inflation and cattle prices. The middle class, in particular, is bearing the burden of this economic crisis. Major reasons for this include the influence of social media and vloggers, who continuously update their channels with vlogs, creating a hype that makes animal sellers popular and drives prices up. For a man to be unable to perform the sacrifice is a significant emotional trauma, yet they are helpless.

Despite the adverse impact on their mental health, men in Pakistan are less likely to seek help or talk about their struggles. Cultural norms and societal expectations often silence their voices. Stereotypes and myths surrounding men's mental health make it difficult for them to express vulnerability or seek support. This internalised societal pressure can lead to a buildup of stress, with men suffering silently under the weight of their financial burdens.

As we have just celebrated this festival, it is important to remind men that they matter. Men play a significant role in our society, and it is crucial to provide them with a space where they feel free to express themselves. Men in our society face many hardships and challenges and rarely speak about them, which in the long term, contributes adversely to their mental health.

Conclusion

As a mental health organisation, Savaira recognizes the need to address this issue. Encouraging open conversations about mental health can help reduce the stigma and make it easier for men to seek help.

The financial burden of Eid-ul-Adha, combined with the societal expectation for men to remain silent about their struggles, significantly impacts their mental health. By addressing these issues through awareness and accessible mental health resources, we can help men manage these pressures and foster a healthier, more supportive community.

Remember, your mental health matters. Contact Savaira today; we are here to support you.