The Hari Raya Aidiladha sermon, delivered yesterday at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, called on Muslims to emulate the patience of both Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) and his son Prophet Ismail (pbuh) in the face of hardship.
The sermon was delivered by Mosque Officer Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Mustafa bin Haji Murad, who said, “The Korban was a command from Allah the Almighty to Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) to slaughter his son, Prophet Ismail (pbuh). It was truly a test of their faith and perseverance.
“This is because Allah the Almighty will always test our faith, piety and patience, whether through ease or adversity.
“As with last year, the feast of Korban is being celebrated amid new norms, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which not only affects our nation but also the entire world.”
“We are grateful, by the consent of Allah the Almighty, the pandemic has been brought under control in this country. However, we should not be too complacent, but instead discipline ourselves in adhering to the advice and mandates issued by the authorities to safeguard us and the people around us.
“Let us be cautious and not be too complacent, for our own safety and also for the well-being of our families, the people and the nation.
“It was with regret that our nation deferred the Haj pilgrimage once again, this year. The decision was based on safety concerns, following the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Safety is crucial; it should not be neglected and must be upheld. Anything that is deemed unsafe must be avoided.
“The postponement of the Haj pilgrimage is a test of our patience. It may be seen as a loss, but if we accept it with fortitude, it would not be impossible for Allah the Almighty to turn this loss into a benefit, based on our earlier intentions to perform the Haj.
“Allah the Most Compassionate rewards those who perform acts of piety, even before those good intentions are carried out.
“As Muslims, we should intensify our Doa (prayers) to seek protection from Allah the Almighty, in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha.”
The second part of the sermon said that Korban (sacrificial) rites are highly recommended on 10th of Zulhijjah, following the Hari Raya Aidiladha prayers, until 13th of Zulhijjah.
“Apart from reaping huge rewards from the Korban rites, the practice is also meant to impart faith, bring us closer to Allah the Almighty, instil generosity, suppress greed, initiate sincerity in obeying the commands of Allah the Almighty and thankfulness for the blessings, and depict our concern for the poor and the needy,” the sermon stated.