Brunei celebrates Aidil Adha today

Participants from14 Islamic youth group taking part in the 'takbir' to usher in Hari Raya Adil Adha at Jame' Asri Hassanil Bolkiah, in Kg Kiarong. Brunei celebrates this important religious holiday today.Picture: BT/Yusri Adanan

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM is celebrating Hari Raya Korban or Aidil Adha today. The celebration was welcome with the sounds of takbir, giving thanks and praising Allah (SWT) for all His blessings, emitting from mosques and suraus throughout the country last night.

More than 1,000 people participated in the ceremony at the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Kg Kiarong, the main focal point of the event.

Aidil Adha is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) to sacrifice his son Prophet Isma'il (Peace be upon him) as an act of obedience to Allah (SWT), before Allah intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead.

As with previous years Hari Raya Aidil Adha, otherwise known as Feast of Sacrifice will be celebrated throughout the country where families, individuals and organisations sacrificed animals and distribute the meat to others, particularly to the poor and needy.

The slaughtering of the animals will be conducted soon after the mass sunat Hari Raya Aidil Adha prayers, which is carried out at all the mosques and religious prayer halls throughout the country.The act of korban is divided into two categories, korban wajib or compulsory and korban sunat, which is not obligatory but is rewarded as a good deed.

Hj Amiruddin Abdul Aziz, who is participating in the korban this year in Brunei, said that it is an annual event for his family and friends. "I am buying a goat from Hussayn Rahman," said 62-year-old, who booked in advanced to ensure that he could take part after undertaking the Haj pilgrimage last year.

The events are not limited to individuals, with companies also carrying out their own korban as part of the Aidil Adha festivities. Shaikh Mohd Azmi of Serikandi Oilfield Services Sdn Bhd said their activities this year will be held for two days.

"We will slaughter two cows and 32 live goats on the first day," said Shaikh Mohd Azmi.

He added that they would also be slaughtering an additional two cows in Lumut and one at the Labi Mosque.

"The event is done in collaboration with the Mukim Coordinating Council here in Kuala Belait, with the korban meat to be distributed to the fakir miskin.

A staff member from PDS Abattoir, one of the main supplier of livestock for the feast said that their supply of livestock specific for this year's korban had been taken up. "We had 10 and all were booked," said Bajuri. "We had six cows and four buffaloes."

He added that the livestock will be delivered early today to the respective clients while a number will be doing the slaughtering at the abattoir.

According to Islamic Law, korban is defined as an animal that is slaughtered on Hari Raya Aidil Adha and on the days of Tasyrik, that is on the 11th, 12th and 13th days of the Islamic month of Zulhijjah.

Meat from obligatory korban, including the skin and the horns are usually given away as alms and it is haram (forbidden) for those who perform this kind of korban, including those under his or her responsibility, to eat the korban meat. While the act of korban is considered to be sunat , it is deemed obligatory when an individual makes a nazar or resolution beforehand to perform it. — Additional reporting by Wardi BuntarThe Brunei Times