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The Feast of Sacrifice – Hari Raya Korban

December 14, 2007

 We are now in the fourth day of the Muslim’s month of Zulhijjah 1428 Hijrah. On the tenth of the month, corresponding to Thursday, 20 December 2007, Muslims around the world celebrates another important event of the Islamic calendar, the Feast of Sacrifice or locally known as Hari Raya Haji or Hari Raya Korban.

Hari Raya Haji in Brunei is usually celebrated with much less fanfare than the other festival, Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or the Eid-Mubarak, which marks the end of Ramadhan.

I remember when I was small, Hari Raya Haji would just passed like any other ordinary day. Dont blame me. Back then I wasnt sure on why one is much celebrated berabis ani bah and the other, you can even hear the crickets in the woods.

These days, all Muslim celebrations are celebrated on a national level in Brunei. Hari Raya Aidil Adha, as is Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, would start with the mass prayer except that the former is usually followed with sacrifices of cows or goats made throughout the country. The meat would be distributed to the poor.

Read on the information about Haj and the sacrifice here.

There would not be any preparation made, like baking cakes or for some, ordering curtains and purchasing new furniture like during the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Even Bruneians dress normally during that day.

So, what can Muslims do during the month of Zulhijjah, especially for those who are not performing the hajj? The first ten days of the month are very important and for those who would like to reap more rewards or pahala do these:

Tahlil: Reciting La ilaaha Illa-Allah (There is no God but Allah);

Takbir: Reciting Allahu Akbar (God is Great);

Tahmid: Reciting Alhamdullilah (All praises to Allah).

Fasting on the ninth day. – This is also the Day of the Arafah, where haj pilgrims gather at the plain of Arafah, near Makkah. Fasting on this day cleanses one’s sins of the past and the coming years

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