His Majesty attends Feast of Sacrifice
By Yusrin Junaidi

The Feast of Sacrifice or Hari Raya Aidiladha was marked yesterday in various ceremonies held across the district.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam consented to attend the event at Jame 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Kiarong with His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik.

Yesterday's Korban event was held by His Majesty and the royal family. Fourteen goats and 42 cattle, which were personal contributions from His Majesty and the royal family, were sacrificed during the ceremony.

The morning event saw seven goats being slaughtered and was witnessed by His Majesty, as well as HRH the Crown Prince and HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Korban animals were slaughtered at the Slaughtering Centre, Mulaut Abattoir Sdn Bhd.

After the sacrifices, a tausyeh performance was held by Institute Tahfiz al-Quran students.

The ceremony continued with His Majesty consenting to present the Korban meat to 20 underprivileged people, while the rest will be distributed in other ceremonies across the four districts.

Hari Raya Aidiladha is observed during the Islamic month of Zulhijah. It is a symbolic gesture depicting the event when Allah the Almighty ordered Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail. Prophet Ibrahim duly accepted the order in what was considered as an act of loyalty. Achieving this highest level of loyalty, his son was later replaced by a lamb.

Aidiladha is one of the two auspicious events for Muslims to rejoice and celebrate. It was first celebrated when Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) migrated to Madinah. - Borneo Bulletin (21st Dec 2007)