Sunday, 6 November 2011

Selamat Hari Raya Haji!

A few WP colleagues, MPs and myself were privilege to be given the opportunity to visit a mosque today. What is even more special was today is the day Muslim friends celebrate Hari Raya Haji also known as Hari Raya Korban.

The mosque, 'Masjid Al-Istiqamah', is located at Serangoon North, in the Serangoon division of Aljunied GRC.

On this day, the sacrifice of 4-legged animals is performed. These animals include goats, cows, bulls and camels. In Singapore, our Muslim friends usually performed such sacrifice on goats. To find out what Hari Raya Haji means, click.

We were allowed to take pictures of everything except the sacrificing process.

We were first brought to the place where the goats were kept. Young men ranging from age 18-25 were the ones responsible for transporting the goats from the storage place to the place of sacrifice. When transported, the goats were held by the legs cuddled in a comforted position in the arms of the volunteer.

Next came the sacrificing process. It was done over a man-hole so that blood will drip directly into it. The animals were killed in accordance with the proper religious rites and the meat is then distributed.

Having the opportunity to witness the sacrificing process up close, it has definitely enabled me to better understand the word, Halal and let us remember each others sacrifices, big or small.

Thanks to Azman, the organizer of this visit!
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