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Yaacob Ibrahim, Muslim affairs

Some mosques may not be able to perform korban ritual this year

Published on Aug 13, 2012 5:09 PM
Goats being gathered at the Sultan Mosque for the korban, an Islamic ritual of slaughtering goats during the Hari Raya Haji festival.  -- ST PHOTO: TUKIMAN WARJI

A total of 16 mosques in Singapore have been audited so far for their korban processes to meet new rules on livestock exported from Australia, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim on Monday in Parliament.

He also warned that there may be a possibility that not all mosques will be able to perform the korban ritual this year.

He was responding to a question by Dr Fatimah Lateef (Marine Parade GRC) on how the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) is adapting to the new rules, which were imposed by the Australian authorities in March.

Singapore imports all its sheep and goats sacrificed for the annual korban ritual from Australia. In the ritual, the animals are slaughtered and the meat is distributed to family, friends and the poor and needy.

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