Friday, 24 August 2018, Kuching: The spirit of sharing was thriving at Masjid Kampung Tambirat in Kota Samarahan, near here on Wednesday when the LBU Permata Club distributed meat to 26 poor families in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration. Many recipients were single mothers and widows.
The event, which was into its third consecutive year organised by the Club, began with the cow slaughtering ceremony by the kampung folks after Zohor prayer before the distribution, led by LBU Head of Corporate Communications Nor Zalida Ahmad.
LBU Permata Club vice president Sabrina Razali said LBU had not forgotten the less fortunate while celebrating the occasion.
“While we are gathered with all the members, we want the spirit of sharing to prevail and to remind ourselves of the importance of doing good,” she said.
The most important ritual observed during Hari Raya Aidiladha is 'korban' (sacrifice). Worshippers contribute live sheep, lambs, goats and cows, which are slaughtered as prayers are recited.
The tradition of Hari Raya Aidiladha is that the person who paid for the animal gets one-third of the meat and one-third goes to family and friends.
As this festival is about compassion, sharing wealth and remembering blessings, the last third is usually distributed to the poor and the needy.