Of faith and charity

Worshippers stand in line outside En-Naeem Mosque after registering to collect korban meat. The meat was chopped and packed into bags at the mosque. Foreign workers eachreceived half a kilogram of meat, while needy families received 3kg.
Worshippers stand in line outside En-Naeem Mosque after registering to collect korban meat. The meat was chopped and packed into bags at the mosque. Foreign workers eachreceived half a kilogram of meat, while needy families received 3kg. ST PHOTOS: CAROLINE CHIA
Mr Mesti Paijo (right), 51, cuts a piece of meat into smaller sizes as they are weighed and packed at the En-Naeem Mosque.
Mr Mesti Paijo (right), 51, cuts a piece of meat into smaller sizes as they are weighed and packed at the En-Naeem Mosque. ST PHOTOS: CAROLINE CHIA
(Facing camera, from left) Dr Yaacob and the Mufti of Singapore, Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, greet worshippers after morning prayers at the mosque.
(Facing camera, from left) Dr Yaacob and the Mufti of Singapore, Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, greet worshippers after morning prayers at the mosque. ST PHOTOS: CAROLINE CHIA
A young boy watches as worshippers say morning prayers at the En-Naeem Mosque in Hougang.
A young boy watches as worshippers say morning prayers at the En-Naeem Mosque in Hougang. ST PHOTOS: CAROLINE CHIA

A 3,500-strong Muslim congregation marked Hari Raya Haji at the En-Naeem Mosque yesterday with morning prayers and the sacrificial ritual of korban.

Joining them was Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim, who greeted worshipppers and viewed the observance of korban.

Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister for Communications and Information, later distributed 3kg of korban meat and groceries to 10 needy families in the neighbourhood.

The mosque in Hougang, where 180 sheep were slaughtered, was one of the 26 participating mosques across the island involved in yesterday's korban ritual. A total of 1,867 Australian sheep and 1,583 Irish lambs were sacrificed.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2016, with the headline 'Of faith and charity'. Print Edition | Subscribe