The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) announced that the Mosque Affairs Department will hold the Korban ceremony in mosques nationwide after the completion of the Sunnat Aidiladha prayer and following Tasyrik days of 11 to 13 Zulhijjah.
As COVID-19 preventive measures are currently in place, mosque committee members who wish to hold the Korban ceremony must follow the guidelines or standard operating procedures (SOP) set on advice from the Ministry of Health.
Compliance with these guidelines is important given that there are still concerns about the danger of COVID-19 infection in the country.
These guidelines are to ensure the safety of the officers and participants of the ceremony as well as to ensure that social distancing is complied with.
The sacrificial animals must be managed by the staff assigned while the slaughter of the sacrificial animals will only be carried out at the designated area.
These guidelines are also to ensure cleanliness and safety during the preparation and management of sacrificial meats.
The butchers must always maintain cleanliness, wash hands properly, wear gloves and face mask.
For a buffalo or a cow, it is limited to four-five staff and a goat is limited to two
Meanwhile, the distribution of sacrificial meat can be carried out in the courtyard of the mosque by not exceeding the prescribed quota. Officers and participants of the ceremony as well as the public should scan the QR code, check the body temperature and sanitise hands before entering the mosque area. Distribution methods can also be made by drive through or walk through.
For people who wish to perform sacrificial ritual in their homes, should follow guidelines stipulated above.
The department urged the public to practise vigilance, not to be complacent for the benefit and safety of the country.