In Hinduism, there are dozens of sacred animals but the best know ones are elephants (due to god Ganesh), monkeys (companions of god Ram), tiger ( carrier of goddess Durga), cobras ( closely related to the god Shiva).
Above all the sacred animals in Hindu religion, Cows are the most sacred animal and highly respected animal for Hindus. Sorry for saying them as animal. Actually they are called as ‘mother’ because it is believed as ‘caregiver’ and maternal figure. The Hindu goddess Bhoomi is usually shown in the form of a cow. Bhoomi represents the Earth. The Hindu believers respect cows for their gentle nature. It is considered highly auspicious for a true devotee to feed a cow, even before eating breakfast oneself. For Hindus, killing or eating meat of a cow is a big sin. Even today in India, there are many states in which the slaughter of cows is illegal. That is why we can find cows roaming freely all over India and Nepal, even along the busy streets of Kathmandu, Delhi and Mumbai.
Cows are social animals, and they naturally form large herds. And like people, they will make friends and bond to some herd members, while avoiding others
So, is this the cause that cow is the most sacred animal for Hindus, that is why Muslims eat cow? It is not like that. There are other major sacred animals in Hindu religion but Muslims do not eat them. Muslim do not eat monkeys, elephants, tiger, cobras, rat. If Muslims really wanted to hurt the feelings of Hindus brother and sisters, they would eat other sacred animals too. We do not find any hierarchy of animals inside any of the Hindu scripture. In the Vedas, the oldest of the Hindu scriptures, the cow is associated with Aditi, the mother of all the gods. Even though it is believed that most powerful of goddesses is Durga. Lord Krishna, one of the most well known of the Hindu deities is often depicted playing his flute amongst cows, sitting over cow and dancing Gopis (milkmaids). Mahadeva is the “Highest of all gods”. So the animals closer to Mahadeva should be considered as the most sacred and powerful since the religion is also based upon ‘Santana’ theory. Hence we can say that cobra (Vasuki), ox (Nandi), elephant (Ganesh, son of Mahadev) should be the most sacred animals to the Hindus. The point is that, among these animals, Muslim only eat the meat of ox only.
So, if someone want to disrespect anyone’s feeling then he would target to disrespect highly honored one or to those who are closer to highly honored one. In this case, if Muslims really wanted to disrespect Hinduism, probably they would eat cobra and elephant too. But they don’t. and there is not much criticism over eating the meat of an ox. So why do Muslim eat the meat of a cow? Let’s explain.
“You are what you eat.” Many of us have heard this phrase for many times.
The actual phrase didn’t emerge in English until some time later. In the 1920s and 30s, the nutritionist Victor Lindlahr, who was a strong believer in the idea that food controls health, developed the Catabolic Diet. That view gained some adherents at the time and the earliest known printed example is from an advert for beef in a 1923 edition of the Bridgeport Telegraph, for ‘United Meet [sic] Markets’:
“Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.” (1)
We know and believe that cow is very gentle in nature. Generally, cows are social animals. They form large herds and like humans, they make friends and bonds to herd members while avoiding others. A cow’s heart beats between 60 and 70 beats per minute like a human, for an adult, the heart rate should be in between 60 to 100. Cows are pregnant for 9 months just like female humans. (2)
Cows prefer clean environment around them. They like to eat green grass. These are some of the characteristics of cow and there are many other.
So, these are the causes that Muslims eat them and not only them but whoever eat the meat of cow, eat them. But these are not the main reason of eating cow. It is because that Muslims are allowed to eat lawful and permitted food and meat and some meat are forbidden to them like meat of pig and dead animals. Hence, no one should confuse that Muslim eat cow just to disrespect Hinduism but to feed themselves with good, hygienic, germless meat.
According to the Quran, the only foods explicitly forbidden are meat from animals that die of themselves, blood, the meat of pigs, and any food dedicated to other than God.
In Hinduism, according to Valmiki Ramayana, Rama and his family members like Laxman and Sita were a pure non vegetarian. Otherwise why would Ram ask Laxam to hunt deer for meal. Had he ate beef? Vishwamitra , teacher of Ram, was certainly not against eating beef. Trishanku had apparently killed Kamadhenu and fed his family that cow. Vishwamitra approved! Rama had utmost respect for his teacher.