3,700 Australian sheep for korban at 25 mosques

A total of 3,700 Australian sheep will be available for this year's korban ritual at 25 mosques, the Singapore Mosques Korban Committee announced yesterday.

The price of each sheep for the Islamic ritual sacrifice is $485 - $5 lower than last year's price.

Last year, 1,800 Australian sheep and 1,700 Irish lambs were sacrificed.

Registration for this year's korban is open from today to Aug 15, while stocks last.

Korban is a ritual observed on Hari Raya Haji, to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's obedience to God because of his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.

Meat from the slaughter is typically given to worshippers and the needy.

Hari Raya Haji falls on Sept 1 this year.

In a statement to the media, the committee said it has been working with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority to find sources of livestock that meet the highest criteria of Singapore's food safety, animal health and veterinary public health standards.

Members of the public who would like to perform korban can register at the 25 mosques.

For more information, visit http://www.bigfoot-groups.com/korban2017/

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2017, with the headline '3,700 Australian sheep for korban at 25 mosques'. Print Edition | Subscribe