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2,500 sheep arrive safely in Singapore for korban

Handling of animals in line with new regulations, and assessed by auditors

Published on Oct 26, 2012 6:00 AM
Most of the sheep for the korban rites arrived yesterday, of which 250 were then housed safely in an enclosed area within the Al-Istighfar Mosque premises. Trained volunteers were also present to ensure the animals' well-being. -- PHOTO: MUIS

Some 2,500 sheep arrived here on Thursday in time for the korban ritual today on Hari Raya Haji.

Most arrived by a Singapore Airlines cargo freighter at around 3am, while the first 100 arrived as cargo on a passenger flight on Wednesday night.

In line with new regulations imposed by the Australian authorities on foreign exporters, the process of unloading the sheep from the planes and loading them onto trucks was done quickly and very smoothly, said Mr Sa'at Matari, chairman of the Singapore Mosques Korban Committee. The number of people present to witness the animals' arrival was also severely restricted, he said.

Korban is a ritual in which an animal is slaughtered on Hari Raya Haji to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's obedience to God. The meat is given to needy families.

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