S'porean Muslims take sacrificial ritual overseas

S'porean Muslims take sacrificial ritual overseas
The korban meat being distributed in Lombok in Indonesia.

More Muslims here are looking abroad to perform the Islamic sacrificial ritual of korban.

But rather than hopping on a plane, they are hiring companies here to do it on their behalf.

Singapore companies Al-Qiblah International and Ibadah.SG, for example, have gone overseas to conduct the ritual on behalf of Muslims here.

Al-Qiblah charges $200 for a goat to be slaughtered in Indonesia and Cambodia. The meat is distributed to the needy Muslims there.

Local company Ampro Holdings also cans halal meat obtained from an abattoir in Australia.

For $245, the finished product is shipped to needy Muslims in Gaza.

In previous years, the company shipped meat to Indonesia, Bangladesh, Somalia and China.

The New Paper understands that there are at least 20 companies here that provide these overseas korban services.

Muslims worldwide celebrate Hari Raya Haji, which is on Oct 5 this year, to mark the end of the annual haj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

Sheep, goats, cows and camels are offered for slaughter in accordance with Islamic rites to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's subservience to God.

The meat is distributed to the needy, family and friends.

Al-Qiblah International chief executive officer Azmi Abdul Samad said that Singaporeans are seeing companies like theirs as an alternative "because they see it as a way to help the needy".

"There is less waste because in the villages, we distribute the meat to, no parts of the animals are wasted," said Mr Azmi, 45.

Al-Qiblah has been performing the korban ritual overseas since 2005.

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