More livestock available for this year's korban rite: S'pore Mosques Korban Committee

Sheep arriving at Al-Astighfar mosque on Oct 2, 2014 for the korban rites.
Sheep arriving at Al-Astighfar mosque on Oct 2, 2014 for the korban rites. PHOTO: MUIS

SINGAPORE - A total of 3,700 sheep and lambs have been secured by the Singapore Mosques Korban Committee (JKMS) for this year's sacrificial ritual.

This is 200 more than what was available last year, said the committee in a statement on Thursday.

Some 2,000 sheep from Australia and 1,700 lambs from Ireland will be available at 25 mosques across the island.

Registration for korban opens on Saturday (Aug 1), and will close on Sept 14. Each sheep will cost $490, whlie each lamb will cost $570.

Those who wish to perform korban can submit their particulars at any of the 25 mosques, which are listed on the website of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis).

"Our mosques are on track with preparations for the Korban, and are ready to receive orders from the jemaah," said JKMS chairman Ustaz Rashid Ramli.

"We will work to continually improve our services and pray for smooth Korban operations this year."

Korban is a ritual observed on Hari Raya Haji, to commemorate the Prophet Ibrahim's obedience to God because of his willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail. Meat from the slaughter is typically given to needy families. Hari Raya Haji falls on Sept 24 this year.