By Nadiah Zamlus
SHAH ALAM, JULY 30 — Muslims in the country still have the opportunity to perform sacrificial rituals despite facing strict standard operating procedures (SOP) when the Covid-19 pandemic hit globally, said Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
“Praise be to God (Alhamdulillah), the sacrificial ritual can still be performed this year in Malaysia. Let us be kind to those who are less fortunate and share the joy together during this great day for the people of Muhammad,” said Amirudin in his Hari Raya Aidiladha message yesterday.
At the same time, Amirudin also invited Muslims to ‘sacrifice’ in resisting hunger and thirst by performing fasting today in conjunction with the Arafah Day as a symbol of longing for the holy land, Mecca and Medina.
“Finally, I wish Happy (Selamat) Aidiladha to all Selangor people. Let me once again express my sincerest gratitude to the frontliners for their sacrifices since the beginning of the first phase of the Movement Control Order until now,” he said.
On Tuesday, the government announced that the Aidiladha SOP has been tightened with the sacrificial animals should not exceed 10 while the number of helpers is limited to 20 people for each animal.
At the same time, gathering at homes during Hari Raya Aidiladha are limited to 20 people at a time and individuals who are still under quarantine are prohibited from leaving the house or performing the Aidiladha prayers.