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PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FOREST FIRES SHOULD STAY INDOORS

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The pollution caused by land and forest fires may have an acute health impact in the short run.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – People living in land-fire and forest fire-affected areas should avoid outdoor activities so they are not exposed to smoke, Director of Environmental Health of the Health Ministry Imran Agus Nurali has appealed. “We ask the public not to carry out outdoor activities so frequently. They should try, as far as possible, to avoid being exposed to smoke,” he said here Thursday (8/8/2019).

The pollution caused by land and forest fires may have an acute health impact in the short run, he said.

Acute respiratory tract infection is a health disorder which is mostly found where the air quality is bad due to land and forest fires, he said.

The inspection may trigger other diseases among the people exposed to air pollution, he said.

“Since it is acute, it could trigger asthma, hypertension and heart disease for those running the risk of the diseases,” he said.

Health offices both at provincial and district/municipal levels are still able to cope with the problems caused by land and forest fires, he said.

“Of course, we must prevent land and forest fires. Not only local people but companies also set fire to the forest to make way for farmland,” he said.

The commitment and policy of regional governments are essential to handle air pollution caused by land and forest fires, vehicles and industries, he said. (arm)

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ISTIQLAL INVITES 1,000 PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FOR IDUL ADHA PRAYERS

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The mosque received 43 sacrificial animals including 23 cows and 20 goats, Some of the sacrificial animals were from President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and a number of ministers of the Working Cabinet

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The management of Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta invited one thousand people with disabilities to perform Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers at the mosque on Sunday morning.

The management of the mosque, along with the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Presidential Staff Office used the momentum of Idul Adha to start movement called people with disabilities-friendly mosque .

Hence, during the celebration of Idul Adha this time, the management of the mosque invited one thousand people with disabilities to join the Idul Adha prayers and distributed hearing aid among them to be able to hear the Idul Adha sermon at the mosque.

The Idul Adha prayers at Istiqlal Mosque started at around 07.00 a.m. local time. Although the mosque is being renovated, it could accommodate more than 150,000 worshipers on that day.

This year, the mosque received 43 sacrificial animals including 23 cows and 20 goats, Some of the sacrificial animals were from President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and a number of ministers of the Working Cabinet

Unlike in the previous years,the mosque did not distribute coupons to receive sacrificial meat this year. Instead, they will distribute the sacrificial meat among the Jakarta residents who are entitled to it in five different zones in the capital.

In addition, the committee of sacrificial animals will not use plastic bags to distribute the meat in compliance with Jakarta Governor Anies Bawesdan’s instruction. (vir)

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FOREIGN REFUGEES MISS CELEBRATING EID-ADHA AT HOMES

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Asylum seekers shake hands during Eid Al-Adha celebration at the former office of military command in Kalideres, Jakarta, Sunday August (11/8/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Several Muslim refugees from Afghanistan and Sudan expressed their yearnings of celebrating Eid Al-Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice) at homes.

Shakila, an Afghan national, during an interview at the refugee temporary shelter in Kalideres, Jakarta, Sunday, said that every Eid Al-Adha Day, she and her family would visit relatives, sit together for a feast, and wear new clothes.

She further stated every Eid Al-Adha at home in Afghanistan, her family slaughtered at least five cattle as its price was affordable. After slaying the mammals, Shakila and her family cooked the meat with Afghan’s traditional recipes.

However, none of the traditions were performed as Shakila now had to live in a temporary center at a facility owned by military command in Kalideres, West Jakarta for at least four years.

She and other foreign refugees now still awaited to be relocated to a permanent country by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Not far from Shakila, a foreign refugee from Sudan, Adam Ali also missed celebrating Eid Al-Adha at home. “After praying and asking for forgiveness to family members, I visited their homes, and they paid a visit as well,” Ali stated.

Differed with Shakila who was used to purchase the cattle during the holy day, Ali was used to slay the cattle he raised by himself.

“We raised dozens lambs,” Ali shortly recalled his memory celebrating Eid Al-Adha in Sudan.

Nevertheless, Ali, his wife and his baby along with other 1,000 foreign refugees had to stop performing their usual traditions during Eid Al-Adha Day, as they had been displaced from their homes and separated from their relatives due to the wars and humanitarian conflicts. (sho)

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AL AZHAR MOSQUE TO DISTRIBUTE SACRIFIRE MEAT TO SUMATERA, PAPUA

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Al Azhar Mosque would slaughter a total of 27 cows and 526 lambs during the Eid Al-Adha (Islamic Day of Sacrifice) from August 11 to 14.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Al Azhar Mosque in Jakarta plans to distribute sacrifice cattle (Qurban) meat among villagers in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Papua, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

Al Azhar Foundation chairman, Shabah Syamsi, stated here on Sunday that the mosque had slaughtered 12 cows and 148 lambs.

The mosque, he added, would slaughter a total of 27 cows and 526 lambs during the Eid Al-Adha (Islamic Day of Sacrifice) from August 11 to 14.

After slaughtering hundreds of cattle, the mosque would distribute the meat among the have nots in Greater Jakarta, Pandeglang District in Banten Province, Purwakarta, Bandung, West Bandung and Cianjur Districts in West Java Province.

Not only in West Java, the sacrifice meat will also be sent to the have nots in Wonogiri, Brebes, Klaten, Magelang, and Cilacap Districts, Central Java Province, Sleman and Kulon Progo Districts, Yogyakarta Special Province, as well as Surabaya and Kediri in East Java Province.

The chairman also said that the Al Azhar Mosque would also distribute the meat to Padang City in West Sumatra, Donggala District in Central Sulawesi, Gowa District in South Sulawesi, Bedugul in Bali, North Lombok, South Timor and Flores in East Nusa Tenggara, and Jayapura City in Papua.

Slaughtering cattle and distributing the meat to the have nots are part of the rituals performed during Eid Al-Adha. Referring to verses in the Quran, the slaughter is aimed to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham who sacrificed his son, Prophet Ismail, on God’s command.

As the second annual celebration on the Islamic calendar, Eid Al-Adha marks the completion of Hajj in the holy city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, while in other countries, Muslim communities will slay a few mammals such as cattle, goat, or lamb as a symbol of obedience to the Almighty God.

In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Eid Al-Adha is a public holiday. Besides Indonesia, the sacrifice day is also celebrated in other Muslim-majority states such as the Middle East, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, and Afghanistan. (adi)

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