Religious Ministry to Issue Regulation on Sacrificial Animals amid FMD Outbreak

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 23 Juni 2022
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President Jokowi leads a limited internal meeting on the handling of FMD, at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Thursday (06/23). (Photo by: PR/Agung)

In a bid to ensure the readiness ahead of Eid Al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) 1443 Hijri, Ministry of Religious Affairs will issue regulations on the sacrificial animals amid the foot and mouth disease (FMD), which is currently spreading among livestock in Indonesia.

“Ahead of and during Eid Al-Adha as well as three days of Tashriq (three days after the Eid), the demands of livestock, especially cattle and goats, will be high,” Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said after attending a limited internal meeting led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Thursday (06/23).

In the next two days, Yaqut continued, the Ministry will ask for the help of Islamic organizations to disseminate the issued regulations to the public.

“The main thing is that the public needs to be informed that the law of qurban (sacrificing animals during the Eid) is sunnah muakkadah, the recommended sunnah, so it is not obligatory,” he said.

In addition, the Minister also expressed hope that the public should not force themselves to hold sacrificing animals if certain conditions cannot be met amid the FMD outbreak.

“The rest, certainly we will adhere to the regulations issued by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and the Coordinating Minister (for Economic Affairs),” Yaqut remarked. (DND/UN) (GWH/MUR)

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