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Malaysian High Commission holds Korban ceremony

Lyna Mohamad

Apart from gaining blessings, Korban ceremony or sacrificial ritual has many benefits, including strengthening Islamic faith, instilling admirable characteristics with an act of subservience and drawing oneself closer to Allah the Almighty, and cleansing the heart from worldliness and sins, said Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah.

The ceremony is observed during Hari Raya Aidiladha and is a commendable act in Islam that Muslims are encouraged to perform, he added during a Korban ceremony organised by the high commission yesterday.

Performing the ritual also generate the spirit of communal closeness, especially when the sacrificial meat is distributed among deserving recipients; and to show concern for the poor and the destitute, as a sign of gratitude for all the blessings from Allah the Almighty, he continued.

“This was evident at the ceremony where high commission officials work hand-in-hand with the Malaysian community here including Malaysian businesses operating in Brunei to cut and package the sacrificial meat for distribution.

“This year, the Korban ceremony sacrificed three cows,” he added.

Officials from RHB Bank Brunei and Petronas also participated.

A total of 120 poor and destitute families in Brunei-Muara District received the Korban meat, through distribution from appointed mosques.

Dato’ Raja Reza and spouse Datin Roslina binti Ismail handed over the sacrificial meat to participants.

ABOVE & BELOW: Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Dato’ Raja Reza bin Raja Zaib Shah and spouse Datin Roslina binti Ismail distribute the sacrificial meat. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD