Ibadah korban in state postponed

Dr Abdul Rahman (second right) and others at the press conference.

KUCHING: The ibadah korban (slaughter of sacrificial animal) in conjunction with the Aidiladha celebration this year is postponed.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the decision was made by the Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS).

He said the reason for the postponement is to avoid further spread of Covid-19.

The decision was taken based on the decision of the Sarawak Fatwa Board, which was convened on Tuesday (June 15), which set safeguarding of human life (hifzun nafs) as priority.

“Every year, more Muslims intend to perform sacrificial rituals in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration.

“MIS greatly appreciates the increase in awareness among the Muslim community in the state of the demand to perform sacrificial rituals,” he said during a press conference today (June 16).

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also the Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply), called on Muslims in the state to continue to be patient and diligent in upholding the command of Allah.

“We need to continue to adhere to the standard operating procedures and pray that this pandemic can be totally eradicated,” he said.

Also present at the press conference were MIS president Datuk Misnu Taha, Sarawak Islamic Affairs Department director Khalidi Ibrahim and State Mufti Department director Mual Suaud.