Soon after performing the Sunat Aidil Adha prayer, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam proceeded to the Sunat Sacrificial Rites for His Majesty and members of the Royal Family at the compound of Jame' Asr' Hassanil Bolkiah. Seven goats were slaughtered at the function. This year, 172 cows and 14 goats were sacrificed. A part of the sacrificial meat was distributed to 10 thousand 277 of the country's poor and destitute.
Upon arrival at the slaughtering ceremony site, His Majesty was welcomed by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs.
Also present were His Majesty's sons, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; AND His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik.
During the ceremony, His Majesty slaughtered His Majesty's sacrificial animal. The ceremony continued with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince slaughtering the sacrificial animal. This was followed by the slaughter of His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik's sacrificial animal.
Meanwhile, the slaughtering of the rest of His Majesty and the royal family's sacrificial animals was undertaken by two abbattoirs namely Syarikat Mohammed Norfaidzal Haji Zainuddin dan Anak-Anak AND Syarikat PDS Abattoir Sendirian Berhad. The Rites of Sacrifice is a Sunat Mu'akkad which is carried out after the sunat Aidiladha prayer and during the Tasyrik days on the 11th, 12th and 13th of Zulhijjah according to the Islamic calendar, The rites of sacrifice is a way to bring oneself closer to Allah Subahanahu Wata'ala aimed at fostering relations and caring between the wealthy and poor as a sign of gratitude for the blessings bestowed by Allah.
Source: Radio Television Brunei